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BGU Launches First Israel-German Israel Studies Program

BGU Launches First Israel-German Israel Studies Program

January 2, 2014

Israel Studies, Culture & Jewish Thought

BGU’s Dr. Paula Kabalo; Prof. Johannes Heil of Heidelberg College; BGU Rector Prof. Zvi HaCohen; BGU Deputy Rector Prof. Steven Rosen sign historic agreement

Washington Jewish Week — Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and the Heidelberg College for Jewish Studies in Germany have launched the first joint Israel-Germany academic program in Israel studies, with a specialization in modern Jewish life and culture.

“In 2014, we will mark 50 years since the resumption of diplomatic relations between Israel and Germany,” says Dr. Paula Kabalo, director of BGU’s Ben-Gurion Research Institute for the Study of Israel and Zionism and the Israel Studies International Program.

“There is a lot of symbolism in the fact that the university that bears David Ben-Gurion’s name is establishing the first bilateral degree program between Israel and Germany.”

The program, open to Israeli and German students, will be conducted at both Heidelberg and BGU’s Sde Boker campus, which is home to the Ben-Gurion Research Institute for the Study of Israel and Zionism that houses the David Ben-Gurion Archives.

The Institute is devoted to the study, documentation and research of the Zionist movement and the history of Israel.

Heidelberg College for Jewish Studies (Hochschule fur Judische Studien-HfJS) offers a wide range of Jewish study courses and has become the leading center of Jewish scholarship in Germany.

In addition to the classic Judaic texts, such as the Bible and Talmud, HfJS students can study Jewish history, art, literature, and philosophy, as well as languages such as Hebrew, Aramaic and Yiddish.

Read more on the Washington Jewish Week website >>