Saturday, / September 26, 2020
Home / news

Vienna To Revive Jewish Intellectual Life

By , VIENNA, AUSTRIA

The first Jewish university to open in Continental Europe—the Lauder Business School, has installed a new director/rabbi to run the Jewish Heritage Center on its campus in Vienna.

Upon the invitation of Rabbi Jacob Biderman, director of Chabad of Vienna and representative of the Lauder Foundation in Austria, Rabbi Shaya Boaz has relocated from London, England, with his wife Sivan, to work with the School’s international student body.

“The Jewish Heritage Center was established to give Jewish students from Eastern Europe an equal opportunity, providing them with full scholarships, on campus residence and kosher meals,” explains Rabbi Boaz. The Center will also take responsibility for hosting Shabbat and Jewish holiday events, and a variety of programs to enhance the Jewish experience of the School’s students.

As the only Jewish university in Europe to offer combined graduate and undergraduate degrees in International Marketing and Management known as the “fachochshule” degree and recognized throughout the EU and the U.S., the Lauder Business School draws students from South America, Russia, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Germany and other parts of Europe.

The “fachochsule” degree in business and applied sciences is generally awarded only to schools with a minimum of 1000, explains Rabbi Boaz. But Vienna’s Board of Higher Education chose to license the school to grant the degree even though it aims for a maximum enrollment of 240.

The school, founded on the vision and inspiration of philanthropist Ronald Lauder, is a new phenomenon in Austria. “It’s indicative that Vienna would like to encourage Jewish academic growth here,” says Rabbi Boaz. “The Mayor of Vienna donated the beautiful building and the grounds–formerly the dwelling of Maria Teresa, Austrian royalty,” he explains.

Vienna, once a hub of Jewish intellectual and creative vitality in which 20 out of 24 distinguished Austrians were Jewish, is hoping to replenish Jewish intellectual life where it had been entirely wiped out, says Boaz.

The four-year program demands an intensive, 36-hour week of study, and includes internship requirements and six hours a week of Judaic studies. The School is named for Ronald Lauder and the Lauder Foundation who donated five million Euros to restore the building. Bank Austria built the new quarters on the campus.

To learn more about the Lauder Business School, go to: www.lbs.ac.at

Comment

Be the first to write a comment.

Add

Related Articles
Remembering Rebbetzin Chana: Jewish Feminine Role Model
Rebbetzin Chana Schneerson, a feminine role model of Jewish activism and proponent of Jewish scholarship, mother of the Lubavitcher Rebbe and wife of Rabbi Levi…
To Pray Alone: Days of Awe in the Age of Covid-19
Marc Zell was used to traveling, just not like this. The American-Israeli is an international lawyer, and it was his work in political consulting that…
Remembering The Struggle for Russian Jewry
Ninety-three years ago today, Rabbi Joseph I. Schneersohn, sixth Lubavitcher Rebbe, was freed from Soviet-imposed exile.
Defying Religious Stereotypes on Israel’s College Campuses
By the time Zehavit Mohager, a psychology student, began her studies at the University of Haifa at age 23, she had already completed her army…
Newsletter
Donate
Find Your Local Chabad Center
Magazine