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Activities and Events

ARSP's Summer News

All the latest news from Action Reconciliation Service for Peace and Germany Close Up!


Watch the summer camp in action!

Growing Together Detroit!

Watch this clip of ARSP's summer program in Detroit. Jewish and African Americans and Germans worked together in a Northeast Detroit neighborhood, hit particularly hard by the economic and municipal crisis of the past years.


Raising Awareness and Money for Refugees

Thank you for supporting Ride4Action!

This June, ARSP sponsored its 3rd annual bicycle ride to raise awareness and money for the work with refugees. Our Ride4Action team rode 250 miles in 5 days. Thank you to all who made a contribution in support of this important cause!


Remembering and Learning

Yom Hashoah

"Don't let us be forgotten!" said Holocaust survivor Nesse Godin in an interview to our volunteer Thomas who serves with Moment Magazine. Hundreds of young people engage every year with ARSP in projects dedicated to remembering the Holocaust.


Sharing and Learning

German-Jewish Shabbat Dinners

Three German-Jewish Shabbat Dinners organized by AJC's ARSP fellow in cooperation with local Hillel groups and supported by the German Embassy, the Friedrich-Ebert and the Hanns-Seidel Foundation took place this spring. Nathaniel Berman, alumni of the AJC/TGI-Germany Close Up program, writes about the encounters.


"You are doing important work"

Meeting The First Lady Of Germany

ARSP and Germany Close Up fellows had the honor to meet with Daniela Schadt, "First Lady" of Germany, and other members of the delegation accompanying the German President on his first state visit to the US, in October. "You are doing such an important work," said Ms. Schadt to our fellows.


Events on the East Coast and the Midwest

50 Years of Diplomatic Relations between Germany and Israel

On May 12th, 1965, Germany and Israel established diplomatic relations. ARSP organized a series of events discussing the future of this special relationship.


Sharing Bread And Ideas

German-Jewish Shabbat Dinners in DC

It was a busy spring for Action Reconciliation Service for Peace and especially our fellow at the AJC in Washington DC, Simon Schwesig. Simon helped to organize four Shabbat Dinners in DC, bringing together young American Jewish professionals and Germans.


Jewish life in Germany Today

ARSP's Assael Häußler was invited to speak about his experiences growing up as a young Jew in Berlin at the opening ceremony for the exhibition "Jewish life in Germany Today" in October.


Testimonies from Germany Close Up participants

Meeting Modern Germany

It has been a busy summer for Germany Close Up with many groups of young Jewish Americans visiting. The encounter with Germany leaves a deap impression. Writes one participant, "This is not your average Euro trip. For me, this is a chance to explore many levels of German post-Shoah society, while exploring Jewish identity."


Our volunteers are making a difference in people's lives

ARSP In Action

Soon our 22 German volunteers will head back home. Find out how their service with Holocaust survivors, homeless families and disadvantaged children has changed their lives and the lives of their clients.


ARSP volunteers commemorate

Yom Hashoah

All 22 ARSP volunteers have gathered in Washington this week. Many of the activities are dedicated to the commeration of Yom Hashoah. ARSP will show the movie "Hanna's Journey" followed by a discussion about the future of remembrance.


American volunteer speaking on liberation of Dachau

March Onward

American ARSP volunteer Lynn Williams was asked to speak at the ceremony commemorating the liberation of Dachau Concentration Camp 69 years ago.


Events in DC, Chicago and New York

Germany Close Up and ARSP

More than 100 people came to the German Consulate in New York to celebrate the release of the essay collection "Remembering the past - shaping the future" and the new partnership of Germany Close Up with ARSP.


German trainees come to volunteer in the US

In June, six landscape apprentices take part in a two-week voluntary service program organized by ARSP.


German-Jewish Dialogue and Reconciliation

Learn more about our event series in April dedicated to Holocaust Remembrance, German-Jewish Dialogue and Reconciliation featuring Israeli keynote-speaker Reuven Merhav, Holocaust survivors and others.


Voices of ARSP

Learn more about work and life of the ARSP Volunteers


Book Launch

"Reconciling Lives" released in Berlin

On October 12, 2012, Alvin Gilens' book "Reconciling Lives" on encounters of ARSP volunteers with Holocaust survivors was officially launched at a reception at Allianz headquarters in Berlin, Germany.


ARSP volunteers create green space in My Place Germantown

Doing Good with Hearts AND Hands in Philly

ARSP co-sponsored a special Summer Camp late June/early July to bring German and American participants together...


Volunteer's Voices

Intern Insight: Isabel Tamoj

Article about Isabel Tamoj in the volunteers' magazine "Volunteer Voice" of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum


Tri-national Seminar

ARSP Hosts Tri-national Seminar on Immigrant Youth and Integration

Do different philosophies about integrating immigrants into society have a meaningful effect on how practitioners - those who work directly with immigrant youth - view and do their jobs?


Summer Camp

ARSP "Summer Camp" at Cesky-Tesin

"Summer Camps" - or as they are known in German, "Sommerlager" - are a very special program of ARSP. They provide a unique opportunity for people to travel and connect with each other while at the same time doing good in the world in a tangible, visible way..


Contact Information

Action Reconciliation Service for Peace
1501 Cherry Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
phone: (+1) 215-241-7249
fax: (+1) 215-241-7252

Upcoming Events

9/13, 6-8 pm: Welcome the new volunteer class 2016-7, Philadelphia

10/13: Meet&Greet, Washington, DC

10/26, 6 pm: Meet&Greet, NYC

11/16, 2016, 6:30 pm: November 9 program, Goethe Institute, DC

Experience History Together - Summer Camps 2016

Two weeks of learning, working and experiencing history - our summer camps support Jewish communities, do maintenance work on memorial sites and involve in social and political projects. Register now!


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Past Events

7/23-8/9: "Growing Together Detroit" Summer Break Program

7/17, 12:30 pm:  Film Screening "Facing Arthur", Long Island.

6/18-22: Ride4Action Fundraiser Bike Ride

6/23, 6 pm, DC: Refugees Then and Now

6/24, 12:30 pm, DC: Visiting the USHMM with ARSP

6/15, 6 pm, Philly: Refugees Then and Now

6/14, 10 am, NYC: Visit at Selfhelp

6/2, 5:30 pm: Book Talk - Philadelphia a Safe Haven for Refugees

4/14, 2016, 12 pm: Lunch&Learn "German Culture of Remembrance", Philadelphia

4/12, 2016: 12 pm: Future of Remembrance, Goethe Institute in DC

4/6, 2016, 6:30 pm: Film Premiere and Panel Discussion, Goethe Institute in DC

4/3, 2016: ARSP's Run4Peace fundraiser run

4/3, 2016, 6 pm: ARSP Meet&Greet, William Penn House in DC

Dec 6, 11 am, Friends Center, Philly: Meeting with this year's class of 23 German volunteers

Dec 2, 12:30 pm, German Consulate New York: Celebrating 30 years of German-Jewish partnership with Project Ezra

Nov 4, 6 pm, NYC: Meet&Greet New German Volunteers

Nov 22, 4 pm, BerlinARSP Stammtisch in Berlin

Nov. 1, 7 pm, Pittsburgh: Israeli and Jewish Life in Germany

Oct. 28, 7 pm, Cincinnati: German-Jewish Dialogue

Oct. 14, 6 pm, DC: Meet&Greet New German Volunteers, William Penn House

Oct. 9-Oct. 13, Philly to DC: Ride4Unity Charity Bike Ride

Oct. 8, 8 pm, Philly: Meet&Greet New German Volunteers, Brauhaus Schmitz

Oct 1, ChicagoARSP's Katharina talks about German-Jewish relations at AJC

August 28, Philadelphia: Farewell to this years's class.

July 25th - August 11th, Detroit: ARSP summer camp

July 1, Miami: The Future of German-Israeli relations

June 30, New York: The Future of German-Israeli relations

June 29, DC: The Future of German-Israeli relations

June 25, Boston: The Future of German-Israeli relations

June 24, Philadelphia: The Future of German-Israeli relations

June 23, Chicago: The Future of German-Israeli relations

May 15, DC: German-Jewish Shabat Dinner with AJC-ACCESS Third Generation Initiative, Germany Close Up and ARSP.

May 12, DC: Movie Screening of "An Apartment in Berlin" and Panel Discussion on 50th anniversary of German-Israeli relations.

April 19, New York: Run4Peace Fundraiser run. Please show your support to our runners by making a donation now!

April 18, 11 am, DC: Tour at USHMM with ARSP volunteer.

April 17, 6:30 pm, DC: German-Jewish Shabat Dinner at American University.

Feb 20, 6 pm, DC: German-Jewish Shabat Dinner at George Mason University.

Feb 6, 8 pm, DC: German-Jewish Shabat Dinner at George Washington University.

Jan 21, 12:30 pm, DC: Tour with ARSP at USHMM. Read a report here.

Dec. 10, Chicago: German-Jewish Dialogue Event at the Goethe-Institut

Dec. 7, 12 pm, Philly: Meeting the ARSP class 2014-15 at the Friends Center.

Nov. 12, NYC: German-Jewish Dialogue Event at the German Consulate

Nov. 4, 6-8 pm, Philly: ARSP Meet&Greet at Project Home

Oct. 20, 6:30 pm, DCGerman-Jewish Dialogue and Networking Reception

Oct. 21, 7 pm, DC: ARSP at Opening of Jewish Life in Germany Today

Oct. 22-26, DC-Philly: ARSP Tour 4 Action Charity Bike Ride

Oct. 22, 7 pm, Baltimore: ARSP at Moishe House

Oct. 23, 9 am: ARSP meets with Bishop of Delaware-Maryland

Oct. 23, 4 pm: ARSP at Sour Beef Festival, Baltimore.

August 28, 6:00 pm, Philadelphia: Farewell picnic of ARSP's 2013-14 volunteers

May 2, 6:00 pm, Washington DC: German-Jewish Shabat Dinner

April 3, 6:30 pm, Chicago: Remembering the Past - Shaping the Future

April 7, 6 pm, Washington DC:  Remembering the Past - Shaping the Future

April 10, 7 pm, New York:  Remembering the Past - Shaping the Future

April 11, 6 pm, Washington DC: German-Jewish Shabat Dinner

April 27, 9:30 am, Washington DC: Sunday service at the German Lutheran Church with participation of ARSP volunteers commemorating Yom Hashoah

April 28, 6:30 pm, Washington DC: Yom Hashoah - German-Jewish Dialogue


German-Jewish Dialogue and Reconciliation:

April 7, 10:00 am, Philadelphia.
April 18, 6:30 pm, Washington, DC.
April 22, 6:30 pm, Miami.
April 23, 6:00 pm, Chicago.


Friday, February 8, 6:15 pm, Fairfax, VA: German-Jewish Dialogue: Shabbat Dinner at George Mason University.


Sunday, April 7, Philadelphia: Yom Hashoah commemoration event.


January 31, 6:30 pm, San Francisco: "Reconciling Lives", Book Release and Panel Discussion on German-Jewish relations at the Goethe Institute.


December 13, 5:30 pm, Philadelphia: "Reconciling Lives", Book Release and Panel Discussion on German-Jewish relations at the Gershman Y.


November 29, 6 pm, New York: "Reconciling Lives", Book Release and Panel Discussion on German-Jewish relations at the German Consulate General.


October 12, 2012: Book Launch "Reconciling Lives" in Berlin, Germany.