A Program for Young Professionals in Affiliation with the Jewish Federation of Kansas City
This Germany Close Up program for young professionals will run from September 9-17, 2019. The program will take place in Berlin and one other German city. During the program, participants will be immersed in contemporary German society, while exploring the past, present and future of Germany.
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$990 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.
Spend a week exploring and experiencing contemporary German society, its politics, efforts to deal with the memory of the past, and current expressions of Jewish life.
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. Please note, however, that the program can not cater to very extreme forms of some allergies.
The nine day program between September 9 and 17 (start in the US will be September 8) 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
- German-Israeli relations
- A visit to a city outside Berlin
This fee includes airfare, hotel accommodation in double rooms (3 star), most meals, and ground expenses.
Participants pay their participation fee indirectly to Germany Close Up by purchasing their round-trip airline ticket. 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, a participant's airline ticket purchase will cover the $990 fee, and nothing more is owed to Germany Close Up.
If your air fare is lower than US$990, the remainder is due to Germany Close Up following the program’s conclusion. If your air fare is more than US$990, you may be eligible for a flight reimbursement from Germany Close Up for some of your costs above this amount. Please note that this amount is capped and depends on your point of departure in the United States or Canada. For participants departing from the New York or Washington D.C. greater metropolitan areas the maximum reimbursement available is US$10. For participants departing from elsewhere in the United States or Canada the maximum reimbursement is US$510. Only flight costs above the US$990 participation fee are considered for reimbursement.
For flight costs from Kansas City of US$1,400 you will be reimbursed US$410.
For flight costs from Kansas City of US$1,500 you will be reimbursed US$510.
For flight costs from Kansas City of US$1,600 you will be reimbursed US$510.
Reimbursement will take place several weeks after the program’s conclusion and will be coordinated by the Jewish Federation of Kansas City. Please note that the reimbursement process can take up to three months.
Nine days. September 9-17, 2019
Statement of interest (500 words)
One letter of recommendation (Jewish Federation of Kansas City external)
April 30, 2019