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Brandeis mourns death of former visiting professor in Tel Aviv attack

The Schusterman Center for Israel Studies at Brandeis University mourns the tragic murder of Professor Michael Feige, one of the victims of the terror attack in central Tel Aviv on June 8.

A visiting professor at Brandeis during the 2011-12 academic year, he was affiliated with the Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies, the Department of Anthropology and the Schusterman Center.

Michael, who was 58 years old, was a gentle man and a sensitive teacher. His scholarship earned him the Shapira Prize from the Association for Israel Studies in 2010 for the best book published in Israel studies, “Settling in the Hearts: Jewish Fundamentalism in the Occupied Territories.”

He was a graduate of Hebrew University, where he majored in sociology and anthropology. After earning his degree, he spent a year as a fellow at the Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. He then returned to Israel and joined the Ben-Gurion Research Center for the Study of Israel and Zionism at the Ben-Gurion University (BGU) campus in Sde Boker. At the time of his death, he was serving as the head of the BGU program in Israel studies. 

Much of Michael’s research focused on memory and identity in Israeli politics and culture. He engaged in original research on the settlement movement and Gush Emunim, as well as on Peace Now; the use of archaeology in contemporary Israel; the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin and religious fundamentalism; and the place of David Ben-Gurion in national memory.

He leaves a wife and three daughters, and many friends and admirers. We extend deepest sympathies to Nurit and the entire Feige family.

Y'hi zichro baruch -- may his memory serve as a blessing.

David Ellenson, Director
Rachel Fish, Associate Director

Categories: Campus News
Date: June 10, 2016