An Open Program for Students and Young Professionals in Affiliation with the Pardes Institute
The Germany Close Up program in affiliation with in Affiliation with the Pardes Institute will run from January 11 to 18, 2019.
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$790 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 Jewish heritage in Berlin, Worms and Frankfurt; Remember the destruction of the Holocaust; Experience contemporary Jewish Life in Germany
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, home to the third-fastest growing Jewish community worldwide. This trip will be Shabbat observant and all meals provided will be kosher (orthodox hecksher).
The eight day program between January 11 and 18 (start in Israel will be January 10) 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:
- Jewish heritage in Germany, including Berlin (home of Haskalah/Enlightenment and Reform), Worms (home of Rashi), and Frankfurt
- Contemporary Jewish Life in Berlin
- The Holocaust and the Nazi Era (incl. a visit to a former Concentration Camp)
- Berlin and united Germany
- Transatlantic/German-American relations (incl. a meeting with officials of the German Federal Foreign Office)
- Current German Politics
- German-Israeli relations
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.
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 Germany (point of arrival Berlin, point of departure Frankfurt) with economy class and to provide proof of purchase to Germany Close Up.
Germany Close Up has the following flight policy:
For participants flying from Israel: The maximum ticket cost Germany Close Up allows for is US$500. This means that participants will be asked to pay Germany Close Up the difference between US$500 or their actual flight costs (whichever is lower) and the participation fee of US$790. This leaves a minimum of US$290 to be paid to Germany Close Up. Payment of the remainder participation fee will be made to Pardes prior to the program.
For participants travelling from the US or Canada: Participants who spend less than the US$790 participation fee on their flights will owe the remainder to Germany Close Up. Participants who spend more than US$790 may be eligible for a flight reimbursement. Participants travelling from the New York and Washington, D.C. greater metropolitan areas are eligible to receive up to US$110 of their flight costs above US$790 reimbursed. Participants departing from elsewhere in the US or Canada are eligible to receive up to US$260 of their flight costs above US$790 reimbursed. Payment and reimbursement will take place in EURO during the program.
8 days. January 11 to 18 (departure from Israel on January 10)
Statement of interest (500 words)
One letter of recommendation (recommendations from Pardes administrative staff can not be accepted)
November 1, 2018.