Germany Close Up - American Jews Meet Modern Germany
Current Programs - Students

The Germany Close Up Fellowship: An Open Student Program for Students and Young Professionals in Affiliation with the Orthodox Union, August 11th - 21st 2014

Background

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 $870 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.

Focus

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.

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