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Growing Together Detroit!

Watch the summer camp in action!

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.


Thank you for supporting Ride4Action!

Raising Awareness and Money for Refugees

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!


Yom Hashoah

Remembering and Learning

"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.


German-Jewish Shabbat Dinners

Sharing and Learning

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.


Meeting The First Lady Of Germany

"You are doing important work"

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.


50 Years of Diplomatic Relations between Germany and Israel

Events on the East Coast and the Midwest

On May 12th, 1965, Germany and Israel established diplomatic relations. ARSP organized a series of events discussing the future of this special relationship.


German-Jewish Shabbat Dinners in DC

Sharing Bread And Ideas

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.


Jewsish life in Germany Today

ARSP volunteer speaks at opening of exhibition

ARSP's Assael Häußler was invited to speak about his experiences growing up as a young Jew in Berlin at the opening ceremony for the exhibition "Jewish life in Germany Today" in October.


Meeting Modern Germany

Testimonies from Germany Close Up participants

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."


ARSP In Action

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.


Yom Hashoah

ARSP volunteers commemorate

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.


March Onward

American volunteer speaking on liberation of Dachau

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


Germany Close Up and ARSP

Events in DC, Chicago and New York

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.


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.


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.


Voices of ARSP

Learn more about work and life of the ARSP Volunteers


"Reconciling Lives" released in Berlin

Book Launch

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.


Doing Good with Hearts AND Hands in Philly

ARSP volunteers create green space in My Place Germantown

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


Intern Insight: Isabel Tamoj

Volunteer's Voices

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


ARSP Hosts Tri-national Seminar on Immigrant Youth and Integration

Tri-national Seminar

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


ARSP "Summer Camp" at Cesky-Tesin

Summer Camp

"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..


Contact Information

Action Reconciliation Service for Peace
1501 Cherry Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

phone: (+1) 215-241-7249



Upcoming Events

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Summer Camps 2017

ARSP offers around 26 international summer camps for young people from around the world in a number of countries: for example in Italy, France, Russia, Poland and Germany. The participants work, learn and celebrate together – they restore Jewish graveyards and memorial sites, support anti-racism projects or work with people with disabilities. Applications are open!


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