Areas of Activity I: Politics and Society
Areas of Activity I: Politics and Society

The development of German-Israeli relations since diplomatic ties were established on May 12, 1965 has been an unusual and impressive success story, particularly with the Shoa as a backdrop. Today, the two democracies of Germany and Israel face different challenges, but also joint and global ones. In light of the growing number of authoritarian political and social structures worldwide, German-Israeli cooperation projects can make an active contribution to strengthening constitutional democracies.

Our “Politics and Society” area of activity funds German-Israeli projects that work together on options for shaping democracy and generate potential solutions to current political and social challenges. We are particularly happy to fund projects that deal with individual aspects of the following thematic areas:

  • current challenges for democracies and democratic structures
  • demographic developments
  • the role of religion(s) in our societies
  • migration, refugee and immigration policy
  • human rights protection
  • dealing with fears, prejudices, and insecurities
Projects we are currently funding within the “Politics and Society” area of activity
Exchange Program for German and Israeli Professionals on Religiously Motivated Extremism
Religiously motivated extremism and its effects are a challenge to societies worldwide. How can one meet the spiral of ideology and violence head on at a civil society level and what skills and networks are necessary to do so? A bilateral professional exchange program seeks to create a framework for developing … Continue reading
Out of Place
Finding your place in society (or not): what does that mean for people “out of place”? Young filmmakers pose the question of what identity means in Germany and Israel and create portraits of people who are on the outside or face exclusion due to their gender, religion or social status. … Continue reading
Professional Exchange on Diversity, Gender, Democracy and Extremism
This project brings together experts in order to exchange knowledge regarding the lives and realities of young people, the professional organization of youth work, and the focus of youth policy in Israel and Germany. … Continue reading
Migration Societies under Stress – Germany and Israel
The thematic fields of migration and security are becoming ever more intertwined – both within the public discourse and at a political level. This interdisciplinary academic exchange program explores the question of what is the potential offered by immigration and integration within both societies and what security … Continue reading
German and Israeli Perspectives on Public Presence
Public space is not a neutral place. Art works, memorials, installations, and buildings are all marked by the culture, history, and narratives of those who created them. What does that mean for areas characterized by the social, cultural, and ethnic diversity of their residents? How is public space shared and which … Continue reading
Queer in Israel – Alternative Families and Ways of Life
The annual Gay Pride Parade in Tel Aviv has long since become an international event, which enjoys popularity even beyond the borders of Israel itself. Yet behind the colorful images lies a socio-political revolution: the continuing advances in legal equality for homosexual people, which doesn’t just make Israel into … Continue reading
Inclusion and Exclusion in Youth Work and Social Systems
Modern society in Germany and Israel is heterogeneous and diverse. In youth and social work in particular, this diversity raises the question how all members of society can be taken into account and included in an appreciative manner. This is the question that the participants of this exchange program in Lower Saxony … Continue reading
Intersex Care Awareness
Intersexual people are individuals whose sexual characteristics at birth cannot be clearly identified as either male or female. The complexity of the genetic, hormonal, and anatomic factors that play a role here and the still-common practice of “assigning” a sex to those affected generates many conflicts and … Continue reading
Negotiation matters. A Poster Exhibition
Wars and conflicts have left a profound impression in the consciousness of society– they are perceived as having shaped human history. But what about the negotiations and treaties that were able to resolve such conflicts? These play a less significant role in how many people see history, although there are numerous … Continue reading
International Child Protection – Understanding, Connecting, Improving Together
Children are the future. How are their rights seen in Germany and Israel and what role does child protection play in the two countries? What resources are available to the youngest in society and what dangers do they face? The project participants explore these questions and professionalize their experience in the … Continue reading