20 November 2018. “The Arab Donor Project. A Decade of Experience”, Dr. Amal Bishara, (Hadassah Medical Center, Jerusalem)

Dr. Amal Bishara received her PhD degree from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
After a postdoctoral training in the US she started working at the Tissue Typing Unit, Hadassah Medical Center, Jerusalem. Since1993 she held the position as Laboratory Supervisor; from 2007 until 2018 she worked at Hadassah Registry as Primary Coordinator. Her research projects are mainly on the topics of Bone Marrow/ Peripheral Blood Stem Cell Transplantation (BM/PBSCT); tests to choose the best donor; cells involved in graft versus host disease which is the most frequent complication post BM/PBSCT; involvement of HLA and other genetic systems such receptors expressed on NK cells, in the post-transplantation complications, investigation of the interaction between primary fibroblast cultures and natural killer (NK) cells from stem cell transplants with and without graft versus host disease (GVHD) as well as immunology of solid organ transplantation.
Dr. Bishara published 40 pear reviewed articles in the H&I and related topics. In addition, more than 75 abstracts were presented at national and international meetings. She is a member of the American Society for Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics, the European Federation of Immunology, the Israel Transplantation Society as well as the Israel Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics Association. Her national and international positions include Member of the Israeli Ministry of Health committees for Lung, Heart and Kidney Transplantation, efi inspector since 2009, Commissioner for 08a efi region since 20014, and member of efi accreditation committee. In addition, she holds an Honorary Diploma from the European Board of Transplantation Immunology.
2008 she established with Prof. Chaim Brautbar and Dr. Shoshana Israel, the Arab Donor Registry that is part of the Hadassah Registry, responsible for all the activity of this outreached registry. She conducted interaction with the community, with the media, recruiting donors and so on. As of April 2018 this registry contains 37,000 Arab donors. For this activity, she was chosen as “Outstanding Women Scientist “ one of 13 women scientists in the Middle East by the Program of the environment, Science, Technology and Health regional office at the USA embassy in Amman and received a leadership award by the American National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP) October 2013.

Welcome: Ass. Prof. Dr. Gerda Leitner, MedUni Wien, Head of “Universitätsklinik für Blutgruppenserologie und Transfusionsmedizin”, University of Vienna
Introduction: Susi Shaked, President Center for Israel Studies

Summary of The Arab Donor Project 2008-2018


22 October 2018 “Israel – die ersten 70 Jahre” Univ. Prof. (em.) Rolf Steininger (University of Innsbruck)


Univ. Prof. (em.) Dr. Rolf Steininger, Studium der Geschichte und Anglistik in Marburg, Göttingen, München, Lancaster und Cardiff , 1971 Promotion und 1976 Habilitation an der Universität Hannover, dort bis 1983 Professor; von 1984 bis zur Emeritierung 2010 Leiter des Instituts für Zeitgeschichte der Universität Innsbruck, seit 2008 auch an der Freien Universität Bozen; seit 1989 Senior Fellow des Eisenhower Center for American History der University of New Orleans, seit 1995 Jean Monnet- Professor; Gastprofessuren in Tel AvivQueensland (Australien) und New Orleans, Gastwissenschaftler in Ho Chi Minh-Stadt (Saigon), Hanoi und Kapstadt; 2011 Tiroler Landespreis für Wissenschaft; zahlreiche Veröffentlichungen und preisgekrönte Hörfunk-, Film- und Fernsehdokumentationen zur Zeitgeschichte; mehr Informationen unter www.rolfsteininger.at

The Center for Israel Studies was founded in 2013 in Vienna, the cradle of Zionism.  It aims to meet today’s growing interest in Israel by providing an insight into the vibrant society and culture of this country. We wish to inspire a deeper understanding of modern Israel.

Upcoming Lectures

20  November 2018
6:00 pm
Aula, Campus University of Vienna, Spitalgasse 2, Hof 1.11, 1090 Vienna
Dr. Amal Bishara, Hadassah Medical Center Jerusalem
The Arab Donor Project, a decade of experience
(in English)

17 May 2018 “Tumbling Thoughts – Dealing with the Shoah as a Memory in Israel” Prof. Moshe Zimmermann (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
„Gedankliche Stolpersteine – Der Umgang
mit der Shoah als Erinnerung in Israel“


Prof. Moshe Zimmermann was born in Jerusalem in 1943 and studied history and philosophy there. After gaining his doctorate on the Emancipation of the Jews in Hamburg in the 19th century, Zimmermann worked at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem on setting up an Institute of German History. The Richard Koebner Institute of German History was founded in 1980; Prof.  Zimmermann has been its director since 1986. The central topics of his work are the history of the German Jews and German-Jewish relations. Prof. Zimmermann also worked at the University of Giessen: at the Collaborative Research Centre (SFB) on Cultural Memories. Researchers from twelve disciplines of cultural studies examined the content and forms of cultural memories in their plurality, constructiveness and dynamics – from Antiquity until the 21st century.


10 April 2018 “Antisemitismus und Islamophobia” Prof. Helga Embacher  (University of Salzburg)


Prof. Helga Embacher ist Professorin am Fachbereich Geschichte an der Universität Salzburg mit den Forschungschwerpunkten Nationalsozialismus, Jüdische Geschichte, Emigration, Israel und Antisemitismus. Gastprofessorin an der University of Minnesota in Minneapolis und der PEN University in Philadelphia. Derzeit Leiterin des vom Jubiläumsfonds der österreichischen Nationalbank geförderten Forschungsprojekts: Diskurse zum Holocaustgedenken, Juden und Israel unter Muslimen im Kontext von Islamfeindlichkeit

15 March 2018 “Human Dignity in Judaism” Prof. Susannah Heschel (Dartmouth College)

Prof. Susannah Heschel is the Eli Black Professor and chair of the Jewish Studies Program at Dartmouth College. She is the author of Abraham Geiger and the Jewish Jesus and The Aryan Jesus: Christian Theologians and the Bible in Nazi Germany as well as numerous edited volumes, including Insider/Outsider: American Jews and Multiculturalism and Betrayal: German Churches and the Holocaust, and over 100 articles. She has been a visiting professor at several universities, including the University of Cape Town, Frankfurt, Edinburgh, and Princeton, and has held research grants from the Carnegie Foundation, the Ford Foundation, a Rockefeller fellowship at the National Humanities Center, and a yearlong fellowship at the Wissenschaftskolleg in Berlin. She is a Guggenheim Fellow and has been studying the history of European Jewish scholarship on Islam, and her first of two books on that topic will appear March 2018 under the title, Jüdischer Islam: Islam und jüdisch-deutsche Selbstbestimmung, and she also has an article on that topic, in English, in the Journal of Qur’anic Studies.

23 January 2018 “Nanomaterials at Interfaces” Prof. Yuval Golan (University of Tel Aviv)


Prof. Yuval Golan obtained his PhD in Materials and Interfaces from the Weizmann Institute in 1996 and spent three years as a postgraduate researcher at the Materials Research Laboratory, University of California, Santa Barbara. In 1999 he joined the Department of Materials Engineering at Ben-Gurion University and in 2010 he was promoted to full professor and appointed as Director of the Ilse Katz Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology at BGU. His research interests include surfactant-assisted synthesis of nanomaterials and chemical epitaxy of semiconductor thin films. Prof. Golan is an active researcher in the area of nanomaterials and thin films, has published over 120 papers in peer-reviewed international journals and supervised some 40 junior researchers (postdocs, MSc and PhD students). Since 2016 Prof. Golan is also Chairman of Graduate Studies in the Department of Materials Engineering and Chairman of the Synchrotron Committee of the Israeli Academy of Science.

See also: Faculty of Physics, University of Vienna

12 November 2017 “In Conversation with Meir Shalev” moderator: Ute Woltron (Der Standard)


Meir Shalev, geboren 1948 in Nahalal in der Jesreel-Ebene, studierte Psychologie und arbeitete viele Jahre als Journalist, Radio- und Fernsehmoderator. Er ist einer der bekanntesten und beliebtesten israelischen Romanciers und erhielt 2006 den Brenner Prize, die höchste literarische Auszeichnung in Israel. Zuletzt erschien sein Roman ›Zwei Bärinnen‹. Meir Shalev schreibt regelmäßig Kolumnen für die Tageszeitung ›Yedioth Ahronoth‹. Er lebt in Nord-Israel.


30 October 2017 “The Israeli Project: Architecture in Israel 1948-1974” Prof. Zvi Efrat (former Head of Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem; partner at  Efrat-Kowalsky Architects (EKA) )

Prof. Dr. Zvi Efrat, Architect and Architectural Historian, is a partner at Efrat-Kowalsky Architects (EKA) and was Head of the Department of Architecture at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem (2002-2010). He studied at Pratt Institute (professional degree), NYU (Cinema Studies) and Princeton University (PhD in the History and Theory of Architecture). He has taught at several universities, lectured worldwide, published extensively and curated numerous exhibitions, among them: Borderline Disorder (The Israeli Pavilion at the 8 the Architectural Biennale, Venice, 2002) and The Object of Zionism, Swiss Architecture Museum, Basel, 2011). His book, The Israeli Project: Building and Architecture 1948-1973, was published in Hebrew in 2004. Zvi’s book “The Israel Project: The Architecture of Zionism”, is due September 2017. The Office of Efrat-Kowalsky Architects (EKA) specializes in the design of museums and in the re-programming and re-use of existing structures. Among the office recent projects: design of performing arts campus in Jerusalem; renewal and expansion of the Israel Museum in Jerusalem; preservation and new additions to the City Museum of Tel Aviv.