May 4 - 12, 2020
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An Open Program for Students and Young Professionals in Affiliation with the American Sephardi Federation

Join us for our first program in cooperation with the American Sephardi Federation.


Established in October 2007, Germany Close Up – American Jews Meet Modern Germany is an initiative created to enrich transatlantic dialogue and provide Jewish-North American students and young professionals in their twenties and 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 Economic Affairs and Energy) covers more than two thirds of participation costs, which leaves a participation fee of US$900 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.

Explore modern Germany with your own eyes and engage in exchange with your German peers, while remembering and commemorating the past.

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 Germany’s transformation over the last decades into a modern, reunified, and democratic country in the heart of the European Union with a growing Jewish community. Observing Shabbat and keeping a kosher diet are both possible on all Germany Close Up trips. 

The 9-day program between May 4 - 12 (start in the US will be May 3) will expose participants to Berlin’s multicultural life, allow them to visit sites such as a former concentration camp, the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe and the Jewish Museum in Berlin, and to experience other key historical sites and cultural venues. They will meet with German opinion-makers from the academic and political spheres, representatives of grass roots movements and the Jewish community, as well as German contemporaries. The role of Jewish voices in transatlantic relations will be explored as participants actively contribute to German-American dialogue. 


The program will focus on the following topics:


Berlin and united Germany 

The Holocaust and the Nazi Era (incl. a visit to a former Concentration Camp)

Transatlantic/German-American relations (incl. a meeting with officials of the German Federal Foreign Office)

Current German Politics

Jewish Life in Berlin, past and present, Sephardi communities in Germany 

German-Israeli relations 

A visit to Hamburg



US$900 This fee includes airfare, hotel accommodation in double rooms (3 star), most meals, and ground expenses. The scholarship does not include tipping. Please keep in mind that you will need to pay around 50€ (roughly US$55) for tips.

The participation fee for this program is $900. This fee is paid indirectly to Germany Close Up via a flight contribution. After being accepted to the program, participants are expected to book their roundtrip airline ticket to Berlin with economy class and to provide proof of purchase to Germany Close Up. In most cases, your air fare will be lower than $900. In this case, after your acceptance to the program and after you have booked your flight, the remainder is due to the American Sephardi Federation who will forward it to Germany Close Up. If you cannot find a flight with an air fare lower or equal to $900, please contact the Germany Close Up office.


9 days. May 4 - 12, 2020

Further information

Application documents

Cover letter


Statement of interest (500 words)

One letter of recommendation (ASF external)

Application close

December 20, 2019.

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