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Testimonies from Germany Close Up participants

Meeting Modern Germany

It has been a busy summer for Germany Close Up with many groups of young Jewish Americans visiting. The encounter with Germany leaves a deap impression. Writes one participant, "This is not your average Euro trip. For me, this is a chance to explore many levels of German post-Shoah society, while exploring Jewish identity."

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Press release

ARSP condemns wave of antisemitism

"We call on our political leaders and all members of society to do everything they can to make sure that anti-Semitism finds no place at the table”, said Jutta Weduwen, Executive Director of ARSP in Berlin.

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Our volunteers are making a difference in people's lives

ARSP In Action

Soon our 22 German volunteers will head back home. Find out how their service with Holocaust survivors, homeless families and disadvantaged children has changed their lives and the lives of their clients.

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ARSP volunteers commemorate

Yom Hashoah

All 22 ARSP volunteers have gathered in Washington this week. Many of the activities are dedicated to the commeration of Yom Hashoah. ARSP will show the movie "Hanna's Journey" followed by a discussion about the future of remembrance.

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American volunteer speaking on liberation of Dachau

March Onward

American ARSP volunteer Lynn Williams was asked to speak at the ceremony commemorating the liberation of Dachau Concentration Camp 69 years ago.

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ARSP volunteer on his work at Earth Day coalition

Happy Earth Day!

In 1970, US Senator of Wisconsin, Gaylord Nelson organized the first ever Earth Day, an international celebrated environmental action day, which is celebrated every year on April 22.

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Events in DC, Chicago and New York

Germany Close Up and ARSP

More than 100 people came to the German Consulate in New York to celebrate the release of the essay collection "Remembering the past - shaping the future" and the new partnership of Germany Close Up with ARSP.

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New Arrivals

A volunteer's first weeks with ARSP

I am sitting here now at my desk in the ARSP office. I look outside the window trying to find the right words to describe my contentedness to be one of the 22 German volunteers with ARSP in the US.

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US Program

ARSP Welcomes New Volunteers

On September 10, twenty-two German volunteers arrived in Philadelphia for 9 days of orientation, before heading off to their placements in 11 cities across the Northeast and Midwest.

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German trainees come to volunteer in the US

In June, six landscape apprentices take part in a two-week voluntary service program organized by ARSP.

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German-Jewish Dialogue and Reconciliation

Learn more about our event series in April dedicated to Holocaust Remembrance, German-Jewish Dialogue and Reconciliation featuring Israeli keynote-speaker Reuven Merhav, Holocaust survivors and others.

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Voices of ARSP

Learn more about work and life of the ARSP Volunteers

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Book Launch

"Reconciling Lives" released in Berlin

On October 12, 2012, Alvin Gilens' book "Reconciling Lives" on encounters of ARSP volunteers with Holocaust survivors was officially launched at a reception at Allianz headquarters in Berlin, Germany.

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Project Ezra’s Jayne Skoff visits ARSP in Israel

“Brucha Haba’a” at Beit Ben Yehuda!

Jayne Skoff of ARSP partner Project Ezra in New York took the opportunity to get to know the work of ARSP in Israel on her recent visit to Jerusalem.

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ARSP volunteers create green space in My Place Germantown

Doing Good with Hearts AND Hands in Philly

ARSP co-sponsored a special Summer Camp late June/early July to bring German and American participants together...

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Volunteer's Voices

Intern Insight: Isabel Tamoj

Article about Isabel Tamoj in the volunteers' magazine "Volunteer Voice" of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

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Tri-national Seminar

ARSP Hosts Tri-national Seminar on Immigrant Youth and Integration

Do different philosophies about integrating immigrants into society have a meaningful effect on how practitioners - those who work directly with immigrant youth - view and do their jobs?

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Summer Camp

ARSP "Summer Camp" at Cesky-Tesin

"Summer Camps" - or as they are known in German, "Sommerlager" - are a very special program of ARSP. They provide a unique opportunity for people to travel and connect with each other while at the same time doing good in the world in a tangible, visible way..

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Contact Information

Action Reconciliation Service for Peace
1501 Cherry Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
phone: (+1) 215-241-7249
fax: (+1) 215-241-7252
email: info@actionreconciliation.org
www.facebook.com/ARSPUSA
@ARSPUSA

ARSP Blogs

ARSP volunteers blog about their life and work in the US.

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Events

August 28, 6:00 pm, Philadelphia: Farewell picnic of ARSP's 2013-14 volunteers


April 3, 6:30 pm, Chicago: Remembering the Past - Shaping the Future


 


April 7, 6 pm, Washington DC:  Remembering the Past - Shaping the Future


 


April 10, 7 pm, New York:  Remembering the Past - Shaping the Future


 


April 11, 6 pm, Washington DC: German-Jewish Shabat Dinner


 


April 27, 9:30 am, Washington DC: Sunday service at the German Lutheran Church with participation of ARSP volunteers commemorating Yom Hashoah


 


April 28, 6:30 pm, Washington DC: Yom Hashoah - German-Jewish Dialogue


 


May 2, 6:00 pm, Washington DC: German-Jewish Shabat Dinner

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Experience History Together - Summer Camps 2014

Two weeks of learning, working and experiencing history - our summer camps support Jewish communities, do maintenance work on memorial sites and involve in social and political projects. Register now!

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Past events

June 22, 5 pm, in Baltimore: "Learning from the past - taking a stand today - creating a better future". Talk with former and current German ARSP volunteers and trainees about 45 years of ARSP in the United States.

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German-Jewish Dialogue and Reconciliation:


April 7, 10:00 am, Philadelphia.
April 18, 6:30 pm, Washington, DC.
April 22, 6:30 pm, Miami.
April 23, 6:00 pm, Chicago.

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Friday, February 8, 6:15 pm, Fairfax, VA: German-Jewish Dialogue: Shabbat Dinner at George Mason University.

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Friday, April 12, 6:00 pm, American University, DC: German-Jewish Dialogue: Shabbat Dinner.

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Sunday, April 7, Philadelphia: Yom Hashoah commemoration event.

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January 31, 6:30 pm, San Francisco: "Reconciling Lives", Book Release and Panel Discussion on German-Jewish relations at the Goethe Institute.

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December 13, 5:30 pm, Philadelphia: "Reconciling Lives", Book Release and Panel Discussion on German-Jewish relations at the Gershman Y.

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December 4, Chicago: "REFUGE: Stories of the Selfhelp Home." ARSP volunteer Pia Kulhawy will speak on the occasion of the screening Ethan Bensinger's "REFUGE: Stories of the Selfhelp Home".

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November 29, 6 pm, New York: "Reconciling Lives", Book Release and Panel Discussion on German-Jewish relations at the German Consulate General.

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November 4, 2012: "Reconciling Lives", at "The Esther Tuzman Memorial Holocaust Teach-In", Gratz College, Melrose Park.

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October 12, 2012: Book Launch "Reconciling Lives" in Berlin, Germany.

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