Watch this clip of ARSP's summer program in Detroit. Jewish and African Americans and Germans worked together in a Northeast Detroit neighborhood, hit particularly hard by the economic and municipal crisis of the past years.
This June, ARSP sponsored its 3rd annual bicycle ride to raise awareness and money for the work with refugees. Our Ride4Action team rode 250 miles in 5 days. Thank you to all who made a contribution in support of this important cause!
"Don't let us be forgotten!" said Holocaust survivor Nesse Godin in an interview to our volunteer Thomas who serves with Moment Magazine. Hundreds of young people engage every year with ARSP in projects dedicated to remembering the Holocaust.
Three German-Jewish Shabbat Dinners organized by AJC's ARSP fellow in cooperation with local Hillel groups and supported by the German Embassy, the Friedrich-Ebert and the Hanns-Seidel Foundation took place this spring. Nathaniel Berman, alumni of the AJC/TGI-Germany Close Up program, writes about the encounters.
ARSP and Germany Close Up fellows had the honor to meet with Daniela Schadt, "First Lady" of Germany, and other members of the delegation accompanying the German President on his first state visit to the US, in October. "You are doing such an important work," said Ms. Schadt to our fellows.
It was a busy spring for Action Reconciliation Service for Peace and especially our fellow at the AJC in Washington DC, Simon Schwesig. Simon helped to organize four Shabbat Dinners in DC, bringing together young American Jewish professionals and Germans.
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."
Our volunteers are making a difference in people's lives
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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..