Germany Close Up

An Open Program for Young Professionals: March 20 – 28, 2017


Germany Close Up

Established in October 2007, Germany Close Up – American Jews Meet Modern Germany is an initiative created to enrich transatlantic dialogue and provide Jewish-North American students and young professionals in their twenties and thirties with an opportunity to experience modern Germany up close and personally. The purpose of the program is to allow participants to gain their own perspective on Germany through individual experience.
The trips are designed to expose participants to a range of aspects that make up modern Germany, with both the past and present in focus. Every Germany Close Up trip includes a number of activities, tours, and meetings. All trips cover issues related to Germany’s reflection on its past and its efforts to deal with the memory of the Holocaust and the Nazi horror up to this very day. They also consider Germany’s transformation over the last decades into a modern, reunified, and democratic country in the heart of the European Union, home to the third-fastest growing Jewish community worldwide. Observing Shabbat and keeping a kosher diet are both possible on all Germany Close Up trips. Please note, however, that the program can not cater to very extreme forms of some allergies.
The nine day program between March 20 and 28 (start in Canada and the US will be March 19) will expose participants to Berlin’s multicultural life, allow them to visit sites such as a former concentration camp, the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe and the Jewish Museum in Berlin, and to experience other key historical sites and cultural venues. They will meet with German opinion-makers from the academic and political spheres, representatives of grassroots movements and the Jewish community, as well as German contemporaries.
The program will focus on the following topics:
  • Berlin and united Germany
  • The Holocaust and the Nazi Era (incl. a visit to a former concentration camp)
  • Transatlantic/German-American relations (incl. a meeting with officials of the German Federal Foreign Office)
  • Current German Politics
  • Jewish Life in Berlin, past and present
  • German-Israeli relations
  • A visit to a city outside Berlin
Germany Close Up is administered by Action Reconciliation Service for Peace and Foundation New Synagogue Berlin – Centrum Judaicum. It is supported and subsidized by the Transatlantic Program, as part of the German Federal Government’s European Recovery Program.
A generous government scholarship (a part of the ERP Special Assets of the German Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy) covers more than two thirds of participation costs, which leaves a participation fee of US$850 per person.

Trip: March 20-28, 2017 (depart Canada March 19)
Application Deadline: January 9, 2017
Travel: Book your own flights - see flyer for information
Cost: US$850 (Includes hotel based on double occupancy, entrance and tour guide fees, most meals. Does not include tips).
Eligibility: Canadian citizen, Jewish, between the ages of 20-39
Apply online (make sure to select the "Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre" option)

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