Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Eveline Goodman-Thau

Hermann-Cohen-Akademie für Religion, Wissenschaft und Kunst

1934 Born on 20th of June in Vienna, Austria.

1939 Immigrated to Holland, until 1945 in hiding with parents in occupied Holland.

1945-1955 Education High School; University of Amsterdam, Dept. of English Literature; Jewish Studies; Hebrew teacher and founder of the first Hebrew-speaking kindergarten in Amsterdam

1956 Married and moved to Israel

1956-1966 Raised family (five children); Active in religious women’s movement for educational and cultural programs; Continuation of Jewish Studies with emphasis on Education, Jewish History, Bible, Midrash and Oral Law; Translating (fluency in German, Dutch, Hebrew, English, Yiddish); Teaching (Hebrew and English to students and adults).

1966-1976 Director of the Institute for Research on Dutch Jewry; established its library, organized study conferences, exhibitions and publications. 1976-1980 Studies at Hebrew University, Department of Jewish Philosophy and Literature; Teaching courses in Bible, Midrash and philosophical texts, Jewish identity, Holocaust, Jewish prayer and values.

1981-1983 Writing a lexicon on Dutch righteous gentiles for Yad Vashem and creating a curriculum for the study of the Holocaust including film; Graduated two-year-course of the Ministry of Education in group-counselling.

1983-1987 Lecturer in Contemporary Jewish Thought; Academic Advisor to WZO Youth and Hechalutz Department, Martin Buber Institute of the Hebrew University, Brookdale Institute for Human Development; Preparation of a curriculum on religious pluralism for high schools in conjunction with the Moshe Sharett Institute.

1988-1990 Visiting lecturer at the Kirchliche Hochschule in Berlin and the Universities of Tübingen and Heidelberg.

1990-1991 Franz-Rosenzweig-Gastprofessor at the University of Kassel.

1993 Doctor of Philosophy – University of Kassel, Germany: “Zeitbruch – Zur messianischen Grunderfahrung in der jüdischen Tradition. “

1993 Karl-Jaspers-Gastprofessur, University of Oldenburg, Germany.

1993-1997 Visiting Professor of Jewish Studies and Founder of the Seminar for Jewish Studies at Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg, Germany.

since 1998 Founder and Director of the “Hermann-Cohen-Akademie für Religion, Wissenschaft und Kunst”, Buchen/Odenwald, Germany

1998-2000 Visiting Professor and Associate Researcher at Harvard Divinity School.

2000 Habilitation in Philosophy (Jewish Philosophy) – University of Kassel (Ph.D.)

2000 Orthodox Ordination as Rabbi (Jerusalem)

2001-2002 Rabbi at the liberal community Or Chadash, Vienna.

2001-2002 Visiting Professor at Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz/Austria, Kath.- Theol. Fakultät 1 

2002-2005 Visiting Professor at the University of Vienna/Austria, Faculty of Philosophy

2005/2006 Fellow, Kolleg Friedrich Nietzsche der Stiftung Weimarer Klassik und Kunstsammlungen, Weimar/Germany

2007-2008 Research for the foundation of “the Hebraic Graduate School of Europe in Berlin”

2009 Visiting Professor at the University of Vienna/Austria, Faculty of Philosophy

2010 Visiting Professor at the University of Osnabrueck, Germany




  • Ehrenmedaille der Stadt Wien,
  • Ehrenbürgerin der Stadt Buchen/Odw.


  • Ehrendoktor der Babes Bolyai Universität in Cluj (Rumänien)


  • Friedenstaube für Menschenrechte

Jahrelang aktiv beteiligt am interreligiösen Trialog Shoa und Antisemitismus, Deutschland und Israel