Creator: Prof. Dr. Miriam Gillis-Carlebach [1.2.1922 - 30.1.2020]

Biographical Note Miriam was born in Hamburg, the third daughter of the Chief Rabbi Dr. Joseph Zvi Carlebach and Lotte Carlebach nee Preuß. Immigrated to Israel at the age of 16, in November 1938. She was educated in the Religious Youth Village under the direction of Dr. Eugen Michaelis.
In 1944, she married Moshe Gillis, and the family settled in Kfar Avraham near Petah Tikva. At the beginning of her educational career, she worked as a remedial teacher at the Amishav crossings. In 1985 she was awarded a Doctor of Philosophy degree (PhD) in the fields of Special education and Hebrew Reading instruction.
Prof. Dr. Miriam Gillis-Carlebach was an honorary senator of the University of Hamburg [1995], founder of the Hadad Center for Dyslexia Research [1986] and the Joseph Carlebach-Institute for Jewish Thought and Education [1992].
The Carlebach-Institute was established in collaboration with the University of Hamburg to carry out joint projects in the field of Hamburg Jewish heritage, in memory of Chief Rabbi Joseph Zvi Carlebach [1883-1942], his family and community members who perished in the Holocaust. During her approximately 40 years of work, she engaged in academic research and teaching, authored and edited dozens of books and articles in her fields of activity.

Dates: 1922 - 2019

Languages: German, English, Hebrew


  • Personal documents
  • Photographs
  • Private and Family correspondence
  • Publications, Essays
  • Newspaper articles
  • Audiovisual Records
  • Subject guides:

  • The Joseph Carlebach-Institute - Administrative records
  • Rabbi Dr. Joseph Carlebach - Biography and Family History
  • Holocaust Research
  • Special Education / Hebrew Reading
  • Found in:
    The Central Archives for the History of the Jewish People, Jerusalem
    Joseph Carlebach - Institute, Bar-Ilan University

    Finding aid:  Collection Guide

    Reference:  CV and Publications

    'lch bin kein Zeitzeuge, der dem Geschehenen als Beschauer gegenübersteht. Ich bin Betroffene, integriert in die Trauer'.

    Miriam Gillis-Carlebach