The Germany Close Up Fellowship: An Open Program for Students and Young Professionals in Affiliation with the Orthodox Union, May 28th – June 6th, 2013
Established in October 2007, Germany Close Up – American Jews Meet Modern Germany is an initiative created to enrich transatlantic dialogue and provide Jewish-American students and young professionals in their twenties and early thirties with an opportunity to experience modern Germany up close and personally. A generous government scholarship (a part of the ERP Special Assets of the German Ministry for Economics and Technology) covers more than two thirds of participation costs, which leaves a participation fee of $780 per person. At the same time, Germany Close Up is an independent body regarding the organization and content of its programs. 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 its transformation in the last 60 years into a modern, reunified, and democratic country in the heart of the European Union, home to the third-fastest growing Jewish community worldwide. All groups meet with German opinion-makers from the academic and political spheres, representatives of grass root movements and the Jewish community, and German contemporaries. The role of Jewish voices in transatlantic relations is also explored as participants actively contribute to German-American dialogue.
Observing Shabbat and keeping a kosher diet are obligatory on this trip.
The 10-day program between May 28th and June 6th (start in the U.S. on May 27th) will focus on the following topics:
- Berlin and united Germany
- The Holocaust and the Nazi Era (incl. a visit to a former Concentration Camp and the Holocaust Memorial)
- Transatlantic/German-American relations (incl. a meeting with officials of the German Federal Foreign Office)
- Jewish Berlin, present and past (incl. the integration of new members of the Jewish community)
- German-Israeli relations
- Meeting with German opinion makers
- Jewish Community and Jewish life in Munich
- Documentation Center Reichsparteitagsgelände in Nuremberg
*Each participant is responsible for a fee of $780 and for booking their return airline ticket to Germany with economy class. Participants will be expected to land in Berlin and return home from Munich. In most cases this expense will cover the $780 fee. If your air fare is lower than $780, you will be asked to pay Germany Close Up the difference. If your air fare is more than $780, Germany Close Up will reimburse you for the difference between $780 and your actual flight costs, but only up to $20/$120/$220, depending on your route. Flights from NYC/Washington DC will be reimbursed up to a limit of $800. Flights from California will be reimbursed up to a limit of $1000. Flights from any other place in the U.S. or Canada will be reimbursed up to $900.
Flight reimbursement will take place after the end of the program and is organized by the Orthodox Union. Please note that the reimbursement process can take up to two months.
*Germany Close Up covers the following expenses in Germany: hotel accommodations in double rooms, some meals, transportation within Germany, admission fees and event tickets. The scholarship does not include tipping. Please keep in mind you will need to pay around 50€ (roughly $75) for tips.
For any further questions please do not hesitate to contact Germany Close Up at
or Rabbi Josh Ross from Orthodox Union at
Please send your email application to
and cc to
by April 11th 2013 including:
- An online application form
- A 500 word essay about your interest in the program
- A cover letter
- A resume
- One letter of recommendation