Program and Events

Guests Lecture Series

  • Wed

    Dr Louise Hecht: “Jewish Agency and Austrian Culture in Nineteenth Century Jerusalem”

    7:30 pmWEB FORUM Center for Israel Studies Vienna

    “Jewish Agency and Austrian Culture in Nineteenth Century Jerusalem”

    In 1856, the Lämel-School was set up in Jerusalem as the first modern Jewish school in the city. According to the wish of the donator Elise Herz-Lämel (1788-1868), it should provide modern education to citizens of the Habsburg Monarchy in the Holy City. Elise Herz-Lämel chose the well-known writer and secretary of Vienna’s Jewish community Ludwig August Frankl (1810-1894) to implement the project. Frankl thus embarked on a lengthy journey to the Middle East. An analysis of Frankl’s different missions serves to illustrate the ambivalent position of Jews – as the European Orientals – in the Orient as well as Jewish commitment to academic, social and cultural projects of Austrian society before the era of legal emancipation.

    Following the Welcome note of Prof Dr Mitchell Ash and the lecture, the discussion will be moderated by Dr Eleonore Lappin-Eppel, Vicepresident of the Center for Israel Studies Vienna
    This event will be conducted in English. It will be broadcast live at the Center for Israel Studies FB Page. Our virtual panel will be recorded and will be available on our website after the event.

    Please register at: (we will send you the link to our Zoom event)

    About the speaker:
    Dr Louise Hecht: historian; doctorate summa cum laude in Jewish history at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, habilitation in Jewish cultural history at the Paris Lodron University of Salzburg, research assistant at the University of Potsdam. Research focus: Central European Jewish history since the 18th century. Publications include: Ein jüdischer Aufklärer in Böhmen (2008) and the edited volume Ludwig August Frankl (1810-1894): Eine jüdische Biographie zwischen Okzident und Orient (2016).

  • Tue

    Prof David N. Myers "A Chanukah Story: The Birth of Jewish Studies at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem"

    7:00 pmWEB FORUM Center for Israel Studies Vienna