Dafna Schreiber

Dafna Schreiber
Director, Jewish Culture and Jewish Thinking
Hassidic sects in Poland in the first half of the twentieth century and the Gerrer Hassidic sect in Israel

Dafna Schreiber is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Jewish Philosophy at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Her dissertation focuses on the relations between beliefs, values, and internal politics in the Gerrer Hassidic sect headed by Rabbi Israel Alter, the fourth rebbe (spiritual leader) of the Gerrer dynasty, from the establishment of the State of Israel to 1977.

She earned a BA in the Departments of History and Political Science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and her MA studies, at the same university, were in the Department of Communication and in the Department of Jewish Philosophy. Her master’s thesis in Jewish philosophy was titled, “Rabbi Abraham Mordechai Alter, the Third Gerrer Rebbe.” In 2014 she received the Arye Lubin Prize for research in Jewish studies. 




D. Schreiber, “ ‘King of Israel’: Rabbi Abraham Mordechai Alter, the ‘Imrei Emet,’ ” in B. Brown and N. Leon (eds.), The ‘Gdoilim’: The Great Individuals Who Shaped Ultra-Orthodox Judaism in Israel, Magnes Press and The Van Leer Jerusalem Institute (in press, Hebrew)


D. Schreiber, “The Dispute between Gur and Alexander and Its Impact on Polish Hassidism in the First Half of the Twentieth Century," Zion LXXIX (2) (2014): 175-199 (Hebrew)


A. Rosenak (ed.) and D. Schreiber (co-ed.), Halakhah: Explicit and Implied Theoretical and Ideological Aspects, Jerusalem: Magnes Press and The Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, 2011 (Hebrew)


D. Schreiber (ed.), Directory of Organizations for Tolerance Education, Jerusalem: The Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, 2003 (Hebrew)


Publications in the Institute