Professor of Religion
Director, Jewish Studies Program
Ph.D., Harvard University


302 Faulkner House
Telephone: (973)408-3222
Fax: (973)408-3941


(B.A., McGill, M.A. and Ph.D. Harvard), Professor of Jewish Studies, has been on the Drew faculty since 1998. Prior to his appointment at Drew, Dr. Nadler was, for seven years, the Director of Research at the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research in New York City, and Dean of YIVO’s Graduate Training Program, the Max Weinreich Center for Advanced Jewish Studies. From 1991-94 Dr. Nadler was Visiting Professor of Jewish Studies at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. In 1994-95 her served as Adjunct Professor at the Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies at New York University. In 1998 he was the Ezra Sensibar Visiting Professor at the Spertus Institute for Jewish Studies in Chicago. In 2005 Dr. Nadler was Visiting Professor of Jewish Studies at McGill University in Montreal, where he had previously been a faculty member from 1982-1990.

An ordained rabbi, Dr. Nadler served the Charles River Park Synagogue in Boston and Congregation Shaar Hashomayim in Westmount (Montreal), Canada’s largest traditional Jewish congregation.

Dr. Nadler’s articles, reviews and essays have appeared in numerous scholarly and popular journals and newspapers such as Commentary, The New Republic, The Journal of Jewish Thought and Philosophy, Judaism, Tradition, Modern Judaism, The New York Times, Newsday, Forward, The Jewish Week, and The Baltimore Jewish Times.

Dr. Nadler is the author of: Faith of the Mithnagdim: Rabbinic Responses to Hasidic Rapture (The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1997), The Hasidim in America (American Jewish Committee Monograph, 1995), and the forthcoming: The Heretic as Hero: Spinoza in the Modern Jewish Imagination. A collection of his articles, “Rabbis, Rebbes & Rebels: Polemics of Jewish Intellectual History in the Early Modern Period” is planned for publication in 2011, and Prof. Nadler is currently working on a new book about the history of heretics, their books and their excomunications, from Spinoza to Rav Kook, Mordecai Kaplan and the ‘Zoo Rabbi.’


Selected Reviews of The Faith of the Mithnagdim


  • The Hasidim in America (American Jewish Committee: 1995)
  • and the forthcoming: The Heretic as Hero: Spinoza in the Modern Jewish Imagination

Links to Selected Articles, Monographs & Reviews

Selected Reviews and Essays from The Forward & other Magazines/Newspapers