Sergio Della Pergola (born Trieste, Italy, September 7, 1942) is an Italian-born Israeli professor and demographic expert, widely acknowledged as the leading authority in demography and statistics related to the Jewish population all over the world. Born into an Italian-Jewish family, Della Pergola made aliyah to Israel in 1966. He holds a Ph.D. from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and is a professor of Population Studies at the Hebrew University’s Avraham Harman Institute of Contemporary Jewry, where he has directed the Division of Jewish Demography and Statistics and holds the Shlomo Argov Chair in Israel-Diaspora Relations.
Della Pergola is a specialist on the demography of world Jewry and has published numerous books and over one hundred papers on historical demography, the family, international migration, Jewish identification, and population projections in the Diaspora and in Israel. He has lectured at over 50 universities and research centers worldwide and served as senior policy consultant to the President of Israel, the Israeli government, the Jerusalem municipality, and many major national and international organizations.
He served on the National Technical Advisory Committee for the 1990 and 2000-01 National Jewish Population Surveys. He was Visiting Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) in 2009 and at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 2010.
In 1999, Della Pergola won the Marshall Sklare Award for distinguished achievement from the Association for the Social Scientific Study of Jewry (ASSJ) and his award presentation was entitled: "Thoughts of a Jewish Demographer in the Year 2000"
- Official webpage at Hebrew University site
- Hava Pinchas-Cohen, "In the future, most Jews will live in Israel", Hava Pinchas-Cohen interviewed Sergio DellaPergola, about numbers and the trends these indicate. Eretz Acheret magazine
- Sergio DellaPergola. World Jewish Population, 2010. Berman Institute – North American. p. 59.
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