"Analytical acumen combined with great warmth and affection"

Shimon Stein, Der Tagesspiegel 6.10.2017

In memory of Dr. Sylke Tempel (1963-2017), the Board of the Directors of the German-Israeli Future Forum Foundation established the Sylke-Tempel-Fellowship program.

In the framework of the program, the Foundation awards research fellowships to young experts exploring foreign policy and socio-political issues that will be relevant in Israel and in Germany also in the future. The research results are discussed in closed expert forums, introduced to the public at conferences and published.  

The first year of the fellowship program (2019) focused on the topic “Russian speaking communities in Germany and Israel: Their relations to Russia and their significance in both countries“ and was be organized in cooperation with the German Association for East European Studies, the German Council on Foreign Relations, and the Center for Liberal Moder­nity.

Under the patronage of Sigmar Gabriel, former Federal Minister of Foreign Affairs and chairman of the Atlantik-Brücke, the second year of the Sylke Tempel Fellowship Program (2020) will focus on the topic "Israel and Germany in the Year of the US Presidential Election: National Narratives, Identities and Foreign Policy". Cooperation partners include the American Jewish Committee (AJC), the European Leadership Network (ELNET), the foreign policy magazine Internationale Politik (IP) and Women in International Security (WIIS).

Sylke Tempel

As a board member, Dr. Sylke Tempel advised the work of our foundation with wisdom and great commitment. She was an extraordinary voice in German foreign policy, a Middle East correspondent, editor for the “Jüdische Allgemeine”, lecturer at Stanford University, as well as author and editor-in-chief of the journal “Internationale Politik” published by the German Council on Foreign Relations.

We miss Sylke Tempel, her cleverness, her sense for justice, her puns, her ability to look forward with positivity and commitment, her laughter. The gap she left will remain.