Official Biography

ARIEL BURGER is an author, artist, and teacher whose work integrates education, spirituality, the arts, and strategies for social change. An Orthodox rabbi, Ariel received his PhD in Jewish Studies and Conflict Resolution under Elie Wiesel. A lifelong student of Professor Wiesel, Ariel served as his Teaching Fellow from 2003-2008, after which he directed education initiatives at Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston. A Covenant Foundation grantee, Ariel develops cutting-edge arts and educational programming for adults, facilitates workshops for educators, consults to non-profits, and serves as scholar/artist-in-residence for institutions around the U.S. When Ariel’s not learning or teaching, he is creating music, art, and poetry. He lives outside of Boston with his family.

Awards & Recognition

  • A December 2018 Indie Next List Pick
  • A Publishers Lunch Buzz Book

Book Covers

Cover of Witness: Lessons from Elie Wiesel's Classroom by Ariel Burger


Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication Date: November 11, 2018
ISBN: 9781328802699
Pages: 288

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Hi-Res: 1500 x 2250


Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication Date: October 22, 2019
ISBN: 9780358108528
Pages: 304

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Hi-Res: 1594 x 2400

Ariel Burger | Photo Credit: MAOR ZIV-KREGER
Photo Credit: Maor Ziv-Kreger


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Literary Agent

Joelle Delbourgo
Joelle Delbourgo Associates
101 Park St.
Montclair, NJ 07042

Speaking Agent

Fern Reiss
Jewish Speakers Bureau