Itamar Ben-Ami is a doctoral student in the Department of Political Science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and a graduate of the ultra-Orthodox yeshiva world. His dissertation, “The Schmittian Jews: Leo Strauss, Isaac Breuer, and the Invention of Jewish Theological Politics”, focuses on critical and theocratic conceptualizations of the modern sovereign state, concentrating on the thought of German-Jewish thinkers in the Weimar Republic. His research interests include intellectual history, political theology, critical political theory, and conceptual history.
Benjamin Brown is a British-German journalist and studies political science, economics and history. As a journalist, Benjamin works for a number of outlets including the German Press Agency (dpa), the newspaper Der Tagesspiegel and German public service broadcasters BR and ARD. In Israel, Benjamin worked for the Israeli News Agency for six months, having previously published from the country for Der Tagesspiegel. In his work for German public service media, Benjamin has covered several topics including anti-Semitism in German football. Before working for the Israeli News Agency, Benjamin completed an exchange semester at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He will graduate from Ludwig-Maximilians-University (LMU) Munich in the summer of 2020, before pursuing an MSc in “Modern Middle Eastern Studies” at the University of Oxford.
His project for the Sylke-Tempel-Fellowship Program will see him explore a potential rift between Israel and the Jewish diaspora and the implications on international relations of such a breakdown in this relationship.photo: © Lena Völk
Hanno Hauenstein is a writer and journalist based in Berlin. He is the founder and editor of the Hebrew-German arts journal aviv Magazine.
Noa Rekanaty is currently a B.A. student at the Lauder School of Government at IDC Herzliya. She believes that by learning the different cultures and ideologies of the world’s residents we will be able to have tighter diplomatic relations between countries and make the world a better place.
Noa is an avid activist and advocates for Israel through different social organizations and through writing articles. Noa is passionate about reading, cooking, and learning, and loves passing on her own knowledge and experiences as she loves traveling around the world. Her research focuses on European Jews who immigrated to the US after WW2, why they chose America, and how this influences the US-Israel relations up until today. Later in life, Noa is hoping to get a second and third degree and to become an educator and advocate at different institutions.