Head of department: Dr. Amir Engel

Department Secretary: Ms. Meital Biton
Tel : +97225883581
Fax: +97225881245
Room 4503, Humanities Building



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Gabriela Börschmann Ziegler

Room: 4702 Office Hours: Monday 15:00 - 16:30 and by appointment

Gabriela Börschmann is a DAAD-Lecturer at the German Department and at the Language Center, Faculty of Humanities. 

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Gabriela Börschmann was born and raised in Dortmund, Germany. After completing her first master's degree in German, Mathematics and Sports, at the Dortmund University, she attended a 4-year theater education program in the Arturo Drama School in Cologne. During her Studies, she started working as a teacher for theater and German as a foreign language for the Ministry of Culture and Education and at the Goethe Institute. In 2013 she extended her studies to language didactics and cognitive sciences, completing a degree in Teaching German as a Foreign Language. Her approach to combine both disciplines, theater and language teaching, allowed her to work as an educational counselor for several institutes around the world. In 2018, with the completion of her 2nd master’s degree, she was sent by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) to the Hebrew University for a lecturing position. 

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Dr. Amir Engel

Room: 7602 Office Hours: Wednesday 12:30 - 13:30 and by appointment
+972 (0)2-588.3850

Amir Engel is a lecturer at the German department.

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He studied philosophy, literature and culture-studies at the Hebrew University and completed his PhD. at the German studies department at Stanford University, California.After that he taught and conducted research at the Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main. His main topics of interest include German Romanticism and German postwar literature and culture, theories of myth, literature and philosophy and history of culture. He is also interested in intercultural transference, Jewish German culture, and German 20th century intellectual history. He has written a book about Gershom Scholem and has published articles about Hannah Arendt, Paul Celan, Martin Buber, Jacob Taubes, Salomon Maimon and others. 


My New book, Gershom Scholem an Intellectual Biography, Just came out with the University of Chicago Press. See here

And you can hear me discuss the book here and here


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Prof. Michael Fisch

Room: 7603 Office Hours: Thursday 14:30 - 16:00 and by appointment

Michael Fisch holds the Walter Benjamin Chair of German-Jewish Literature and Cultural Studies (Walter Benjamin Chair) at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

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He is a novelist and literary scholar and studied German philology and philosophy. He received his master's thesis at the Free University of Berlin in 1994, his dissertation five years later and in 2010 his habilitation writing was printed. From October 2008 to June 2011 he was DAAD lecturer in Tunis. During this time, his life and work description about Michel Foucault, which appeared as the first German Foucault biography ever created. He is currently working on a text story on the work of Jacques Derrida, which is expected to be published in 2020.

After a teaching and research stay at the Institute of Semitic and Arabic Studies at Free University of Berlin, he took up the position of a visiting professor in Cairo in October 2012. He worked there for six years with the DAAD at several universities. During this time, his catalog of German-language Qur’ân-editions titled "umm-al-kitâb" (2013) and his list of international Qur’ân-research appeared under the title "ulûm-al-qur'ân" (2018). Together with young scientists he compiles a text-scientific Qur’ân-commentary titled "Qur'ân. Early Meccan suras. Transcription and transliteration". In addition, he is editor of the book series about contributions to transcultural science and writes a series of romances with the series title "A New World", whose first volumes titled "khamsa" (2010), "plural" (2013) and "victor" (2019).

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