Completed Projects 2016–2009
Here you can find the projects which received funding from us between 2009 and 2016
Back and Forth 2015
Berlin and Tel Aviv, two metropolises, four personal stories. 12 students at film schools in each of the cities tell these stories via cinema, working together in mixed teams in order to hone their view of daily reality in the respective other city. Continue reading
Migration Hub Berlin – Tel Aviv
Hardly any subject has been as present in the media in the recent past as the influx of refugees from Syria and other regions of the world. What has often been called a “crisis” is being turned into the very opposite by the initiators of the Migration Hub Berlin – Tel Aviv project: which creative social entrepreneurial potential do refugees bring with them to major cities and what social development chances emerge as a result for both sides? Continue reading
Community Now? Concepts of Community in Israel and Germany
Who do cities belong to and how do people want to live in their communities and shape their neighborhoods? What role can cooperations between design and civil society activities play in the process? The bilateral Community Now project has already been actively grappling with these questions since 2013 and is now to be extended. In working on the project, the participants from Germany and Israel themselves become the protagonists of local change. Continue reading
aviv Magazine
The German-Hebrew cultural magazine aviv isn’t just published bilingually, it can also be opened and read from both sides. That’s how its makers want to reference the specific features of the two languages on the one hand, which extend far beyond the different directions in which they are read, and create a platform for linguistic and cultural exchange on the other. Continue reading
Pluricultural Spaces in Education – Comparing Germany and Israel
Schools and educational institutions reflect societies – and vice versa. What does this mean for young prospective teachers and how are they to view this situation in a transnational context? Students from Germany and Israel wanted to find answers to these questions by carrying out their own empirical studies as a part of a bilateral cooperation – and thus provide new impulses for the professional and societal debate on the reflection of diversity in the education system. Continue reading
Glocal Neighbours
Do we live locally or globally? Or both in equal measure, that is, “glocally”? The Glocal Neighbours project works based on this latter assumption – for what is of relevance locally is almost always relevant at a global level too. But what questions concern people in other communities and how do they deal with the challenges they face? What can they learn from one another? The project participants from Stuttgart in Germany and Holon in Israel are looking for answers to these questions. Continue reading
Disorder / Ha-fra-ah
What connect medicine and neuroscience on the one hand to dance on the other? Not a great deal at first glance, although closer inspection reveals that this connection allows a whole new collaborative field to emerge: A new challenge to be taken up by young academics and dancers in Germany and Israel. Continue reading
greenXchange 2015 – German-Israeli Sustainability Program for Young Professionals
In 2015, greenXchange enters its second round: the program that brings together young professionals and students in the final stages of their studies from Germany and Israel will once again be confronting its participants with important questions relating to the environment. Sustainability plays a key role this time round: part of this year’s challenges involve examining how well the projects initiated the previous year in Israel have taken root. Continue reading
ViceVersa: A German-Hebrew Workshop for Literary Translators
Having now reached its third edition, this German-Hebrew translation workshop is about translation in all senses of the word. Literary translators from both countries exchange ideas about the subtleties of transposing texts in one language into the other. And such subtleties are by no means just restricted to lexical challenges. Continue reading
72 Minutes – The Urban Intervention Game
Architecture reacts to society, just as society reacts to architecture. This process normally takes place very slowly, but is now to be made visible in public in just 72 minutes as part of a game of urban interventions. It’s about the swift and the profound in equal measure, about role plays and social challenges – and ultimately about gaining insights into how the creative treatment of complex themes is able to change structures in the cityscape and thus also the city itself. Continue reading
Living Future! – The Future Forum’s Anniversary Project
50 years after the establishment of diplomatic relations between the Federal Republic of Germany and the State of Israel, the Future Forum is celebrating this anniversary with a special conference: Project participants from the past six years are meeting at two events in Berlin and Tel Aviv in order to create new networks and provide the impetus for future collaborations. Continue reading
German-Israeli Young Researchers' Exchange on Diversity
What does diversity mean today in Germany and Israel? What can be discovered about diversity using field research methods? And where do young researchers see themselves with regards to the varying demands of diversity, both in academic terms and as citizens? This bilateral research project is seeking to investigate these questions, with the answers being of importance beyond academic discourse at the same time. Continue reading
Social Work in Multi-Ethnic Societies – An Exchange Program
Educational work must often navigate the difficult terrain of cultural, religious and social identities and attributions. What does this mean for educators in practice - in terms of their clients and their own biographies? Specialists from the field in Germany and Israel thus grapple with these questions both before the backdrop of the Middle East conflict as well as in more general terms. Continue reading
greenXchange 2014 – A German-Israeli Sustainability Program for Young Professionals
The environment, sustainability, green management: there is no place on Earth able to avoid tackling these subjects, with only international comparisons being capable of showing which approaches and methods work under which conditions. Before this backdrop, the greenXchange program brings together young professionals and students in the final stages of their studies from Germany and Israel and makes them into multipliers of new ideas and approaches. Continue reading
The Self and the Other – Bilateral Illustration Project
What is familiar and what is different? How do we differ from one another and where are shared ideas to be found? What’s already important in discussion and experience is of particular relevance in artistic design. Around twelve illustrators from Germany and Israel want to get to grips with this whole subject – both by living together temporarily as well as by producing joint work. Continue reading
Skating and Music – A Meeting of Youth Cultures Documented on Film
Pop culture is international, connecting youth cultures across national boundaries. That’s why volunteer staff from youth and cultural centers in Esslingen and Ostfildern, members of Stuttgart band “Die Nerven” and skaters from the region are traveling to Givatayim. Their goal is to explore the skate and music scene in Tel Aviv together with young Israelis. Continue reading
New Shores – New Styles: German-Israeli Fashion Exchange “Biomimetics”
Fashion weeks and catwalks are not the first places most people would think of as offering a theme for intercultural exchange, even though fashion is very much a medium that communicates socio-cultural values as well as a sense of zeitgeist. It is precisely this idea that fashion design students from Germany and Israel are grappling with however, whilst adding a further dimension to the discussion: what is the relationship between (sustainable) fashion and nature? Yet the task here isn’t to do with organic knitwear but rather biomimetics. Continue reading
Human Rights Education in Alternative Schools – a Network for Teachers
Incorporating human rights education into school curricula is the goal of this joint project of the Anne Frank Educational Center and the Masar Institute of Education in Nazareth with its affiliated alternative school and the Independent School Frankfurt am Main. A central question is: what does a strong civil society means for the society’s majority as well as for its minorities. Continue reading
Identity and Belonging – Learning Spaces
What is my history and where do I belong? The Youth Museum in the Schöneberg district in Berlin and the Merchavim Institute in Ramla are creating spaces, both literally and figuratively, to help young people learn more about themselves and others, as well as learning how to express themselves. Continue reading
A.C.T – Art/Community/Technology. The Cross-Cultural Creative Mashup
50 years of German-Israeli relations: on the occasion of this bilateral anniversary in 2015, an interdisciplinary internet platform will provide a virtual networking site for cultural dialogue between Germany and Israel, making considerable inroads into the “analogue” cultural scenes and communities of the two countries at the same time. Continue reading
Traces of Emigration in Tel Aviv und Berlin
Moving images of life today in two societies in which many things and people also find themselves in precisely the same state: in motion. This forms the rough framework for the joint documentary film project being carried out by the Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie Berlin (dffb) and Tel Aviv University. It’s about emigration both here and there as well as looking for the traces it has left behind, whether German or Jewish, in reciprocal fashion. Continue reading
The “Theoretical Gap” as an Element of Political Conflicts and Their Resolution
Which external developments and forces have an effect on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict? A research project investigates this question as part of a planned long-term collaboration between the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt (PRIF) and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Continue reading
Remembrance and Diversity in German-Israeli Youth Exchange
How do young people from different cultural contexts remember something that they themselves have not lived through? How do they experience the different forms of remembering the Holocaust marked by the generations before them? Young education professionals support school children from Germany and Israel in tackling the question of what remembrance means for them and develop new concepts for an innovative culture of remembrance. Continue reading
X-Change for Competence
Migration, poverty, equal opportunity, and protection of the environment – these are just a few of today’s challenges we all face, not only in Germany and Israel but around the world. Such challenges cannot be solved by nation-states and governments alone and therefore call for new forms of cooperation between the public, private, and third sectors. The program “X-Change for Competence” wants to contribute to fostering new links and interactions between these sectors in order to bring actors together to collectively take on responsibility. Continue reading
Collaborative Students‘ Project
From Kiryat Tivon to Bochum and back again: Two groups of education students from Germany and Israel meet to learn about and discuss the discursive and pedagogical practices of their profession.  They also tackle the question of what history and (individual) memory mean in an immigration society. Thus diversity and identity are two of the guiding themes of this exchange. Continue reading
German-Israeli Postdoctoral Seminar in German-Jewish History
Research thrives on exchange – between different disciplines, academic cultures and the researchers themselves. 14 young German and Israeli doctoral and post-doctoral students whose work explores German-Israeli history are thus entering into an intense academic dialogue in order to discuss their research projects within a transnational context and to get to know the other country’s research culture in a more profound manner. Continue reading
Empowering Families at Risk
Bilateral equal opportunity: Socially and economically disadvantaged families require special support in attaining better opportunities for full participation in society. In Germany, like in Israel, the question of whether the support or assistance should start with the parents or the children is a sensitive one. “Empowering Families at Risk” provides a clear answer – it should start with both. Continue reading
ViceVersa: German-Hebrew Translation Workshop
German-Hebrew, Hebrew-German and vice versa. While it may sound easy to transfer a text from one language into another, it’s actually highly demanding. The intricacies of literary translation thus form the focus of the ViceVersa workshop, bringing together both young and more experienced translators for an intensive work exchange and giving them the opportunity to hold specialist discussions with representatives from their professional field. Continue reading
Cities Connected in Friendship – Driving Forces for Local Development
Towns and cities already represent tightly knit webs of different relationships, themes and activities. When they come together in partnerships however, these networks extend even further and become all the more dense at the same time. The Israel-Germany Sister Cities Mayors’ Conference is an attempt to set out some priorities within this context, with the German Israeli Future Forum also coming on board to provide additional impulses as far as creating future networks between young people in Germany and Israel is concerned. Continue reading
First Stepping Stone in a New Path 2012
The first stepping stone in a new path: it’s all in the name for this dedicated German-Israeli exchange project for professional training experts, trainee construction workers and young people from socio-economically deprived families, yet that isn’t the whole story. While the project does indeed provide an initial springboard and first stepping stone on the way to a professional career, it’s now taking place for the second time, after its initiators were proved right by its success. Continue reading
Youth Meeting on Remembrance in Multicultural Societies
Cultures of remembrance undergo frequent shifts, a fact which also applies when it comes to grappling with Nazism and the Shoah and that is of equal relevance in both Germany and Israel. How do young people here and there deal with the past and what influence do their backgrounds have on this process? The “Youth Meeting on Remembrance in Multicultural Societies” project explores these questions and develops new educational ideas in the process. Continue reading
After School Volunteer Program
Rahat and the Negev region of Israel are predominantly Bedouin areas. International volunteers assist in an After School Program for Bedouin youth as a way to better facilitate their participation in Israeli society. Continue reading
Renovation or Demolition
Preservation or destruction: The question of how to approach historical architecture is particularly controversial when it comes to Nazi architecture and buildings. Fifteen students each from Tel Aviv and Berlin examine on site in Berlin the answers provided to this question since Germany’s reunification. They also have the chance to test out new views. Continue reading
Komm mit, commit yourself, kum mitnadev (hebr. = get up volunteer), be a part of it – the volunteer program „Kom-Mit-Nadev“ brings to mind a number of motivating associations. Since September 2010, this pilot project invites 20 young adults from Israel, who, as volunteers, are involved in civil society projects in Germany. Through their work, these volunteers discover a country and its residents from a new perspective. Continue reading
72 Hour Urban Action - Stuttgart 2012
Architecture in real time: what normally represents a long-lasting process is undertaken by the participants of the 72 HOUR URBAN ACTION project in just three days. Stuttgart thus becomes the setting for ten temporary urban interventions created by teams of experts from Germany, Israel and ten other countries, with their work giving some important pointers for the urban development debate. Continue reading
German-Israeli Literature Festival “interrelationship(s)”
Family novels or families in novels: How important is family today in Israel and in Germany? What does family mean in a time when family ties and constellations are as multifaceted as life plans? During the German-Israeli Literature Festival authors from both countries come together to discuss these questions from both a literary and personal perspective. Continue reading
Advancing Democratic Culture through Education
Democracy doesn’t just appear of its own accord, it has to be practiced: every day and in many different places by those that live in it. Schools play an important role in this process, as what they impart informs the views of the younger generation. German and Israeli students each get an idea of the state of the school system in the other country – and are able to fully immerse themselves in the discourse of their subject area. Continue reading
Tel Aviv meets Stuttgart – Stuttgart meets Tel Aviv
Music is a universal language – and yet it also retains many cultural attributes. Together German and Israeli composition students pursue this simultaneity of what not only connects but is at the same time unique: The project “Tel Aviv meets Stuttgart – Stuttgart meets Tel Aviv” offers students an opportunity for shared work and a personal exchange. Continue reading
Sounds of Israel
Israel’s lively music scene is a reflection of something that also shapes the country: diverse identities. Thus the Hamburg festival event “Sounds of Israel” does not just introduce music from Israel to Germany, but familiarizes young people with the situation of Israeli musicians. Continue reading
Dok-Station - Beyond Yesterday and Tomorrow
Dok-Station - an entire world of film exists behind this short designation. Indeed, the cooperation between the German Film and Television Academy (dffb) and Tel Aviv University provides the possibility for students of both institutions to collectively develop film projects. Continue reading
German-Israeli Exchange for Athletes
A friendly match on all levels: Two soccer clubs from Berlin and Jerusalem build bridges – personally, bilaterally, and in sport. In doing so, the two clubs not only meet each other on the field. People come together to talk about soccer, their social engagement in club work and much more. Continue reading
Recognizing Narratives – Expressing Identity – Putting Dialogue into Practice
Diversity needs dialogue. But what does this in fact mean for educational work in museums and for group processes? Who communicates with whom? Together, the Berlin-based organization „Gesicht Zeigen! Für ein weltoffenes Deutschland“ (“Show Your Face! For a cosmopolitan Germany”), the Art and Cultural Educational Center of Museums in Nuremberg, and the Center for Humanistic Education at the Ghetto Fighters’ House Museum in the Western Galilee are developing new pedagogical strategies for a peaceful living together. Continue reading
In the everyday life of today’s young people being homesick can mean so much more than a longing for a physical place. The German-Israeli theater project “Homesick,” initiated by “Glashaus – Verein der Nutzer der Brotfabrik e. V.” addresses precisely these facets of longing – for example, for something lost, for far-away places, for freedom. These are highly charged themes that reflect contemporary society (not only) in Germany and Israel. Continue reading
Memory in a Multicultural Society
There isn’t just one memory of the past in a multicultural society, there are many. This is also true for the Shoah. High School Students from Berlin and Jerusalem develop together collective forms of remembrance that fulfill not only the requirements of public remembrance but, just as importantly, the students’ own understanding of their (family) histories. Continue reading
Mixstory – An Encounter with Israel
When youth and young adults with a migrant background tell stories about their lives, then it becomes a “mixstory,” which is also the name of the media-based initiative in the Rhein-Main region of Germany. At the center of this project “Mixstory – An Encounter with Israel,” is a joint trip to Israel to meet with other young people and exchange “mixed stories.” Continue reading
Berlin Meets Haifa Plus
For years now, the cooperation between the Alice Solomon School of Applied Sciences in Berlin and the School of Social Work at the University of Haifa has proved successful. At the center of this success is the yearly student exchange program. In 2011, the program is titled “Berlin Meets Haifa Plus” and focuses on the topics of democratization and the politics of commemoration. Both issues are an important part of German and Israeli public debates and academic discourses.  Continue reading
Kadima - Kehila, Dialogue, Meoravut/Manhigut, Ha'atzama
Not only is the gender identity of young people in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Movement part of their self perception, but also their concern with the social and political dimensions of gender relations. The project "Kadima" offers young adults from Germany and Israel the possibility to develop new concepts of social and political participation and self-determination. Continue reading
Summer Academy 2011
Mechanisms of Inclusion and Exclusion in Diverse Societies
Students and academics from the Humanities and Social Sciences from Kiel and Tel Aviv come together for a 10-day seminar titled, "Mechanisms of Inclusion and Exclusion in Diverse Societies." They work together on pressing topics such as cultural diversity and immigration. The goal is to find manageable analyses of societal developments for an everyday praxis. Continue reading
Identity, Integration and Belonging
Israeli school students from Ethiopian immigrant families as well as German youth in Berlin school classes, with and without a migrant background, have a lot in common. For instance, they can both benefit from the opportunity of inter- and transcultural learning. The project, “Identity, Integration and Belonging” has developed possibilities for both target groups to learn more about themselves and the “other” in new ways. Continue reading
The 4th Berlin – Jerusalem Musical Encounter
When twenty students between the ages of 9 and 19 come together to play chamber music for ten days it isn’t just a recital. It’s much more about a chance for young talent as well as a successful cooperation between two of Israel and Germany’s most distinguished conservatories. Continue reading
72 Hour Urban Action: An Integrative Planning Workshop
A unique event happened in Bat-Yam in Israel in 2010 – an innovative architecture and urban art festival “72 Hour Urban Action” took place there for the first time. Ten international teams with participants from architecture, design, the visual arts, and industrial arts joined together for a design mission in a 72-hour real time competition. Now, the integrative planning workshop wants to bring the festival to Stuttgart. Continue reading
Diversity – Education – Belonging: German and Israeli Stakeholders in Dialogue
Educational learning processes don’t take place in a vacuum, but rather the interlocking work done in schools, universities, museums, and (youth) organizations as well as relations between countries all play a vital role in transnational learning. The conference “Diversity – Education – Belonging” continues the work of a dialogue already underway and, in doing so, sets new standards. Continue reading
First Stepping Stone in a New Path
Building a house can have multiple meanings. In the literal sense, a building is created – metaphorically speaking, however, networks are built. A group of Berlin structural engineers in training and Israeli youth will do both in summer 2011. They will work together on constructing a staircase for a kibbutz school and in doing so can create solid connections. Continue reading
German-Israeli Cooperation in Crisis Recovery after the Winnenden School Shooting
The cooperation between Israeli trauma experts and school psychologists in Baden-Württemberg focuses on transferring knowledge, sharing experiences, and working jointly on developing concepts with regards to crisis recovery in Winnenden. Continue reading
An Encounter and Concert of Composition Students
at Conservatories in Tel Aviv and Stuttgart (2011)
This project aims to provide a platform for artistic exchange between young composers studying at conservatories in Tel Aviv and Stuttgart. The project’s main events are a concert and a joint composition seminar in January 2011 at the conservatory in Stuttgart. Continue reading
Summer Academy 2010
Diversity in Society: Challenges for Germany and Israel
The bilateral project brings together scholars and young academics from both countries to examine current challenges to German and Israeli societies. The main aim is the consolidation of a bilateral network between young leaders. Continue reading
Berlin Meets Haifa
What are some differences between social work in Israel and in Germany – and what are the similarities? “Berlin Meets Haifa” brings together BA students from the School of Social Work at the University of Haifa and students from the Alice Salomon University of Applied Sciences in Berlin to pursue these questions relating to both the curriculum and the praxis on the ground. Continue reading
The German-Israeli Fan Exchange – Soccer Fans Against Racism and Discrimination
Soccer is popular just about everywhere in the world – this goes for Germany as well as for Israel. In October 2010, young fans of German and Israeli soccer clubs are coming together to watch live soccer matches and to discuss racist and anti-Semitic prejudices of the sport’s fan base. Continue reading
Migration – History – Belonging:
Actors from Germany and Israel in Dialogue
At first glance, forty-three experts from the field of educational work coming together at a German-Israeli conference may not seem like anything special. But when the collective goal of the meeting is to develop new ways to deal with issues of identity and history in an ethnically and culturally diverse society – then we have an experiment in bilateral cooperation between two states with similar and different societal realities. Continue reading
Children of the Holocaust
Based on reports from the years 1944 to 1948 of Jewish child and adolescent survivors, eleven youth and four stage actors of the Young World Theater Leipzig (Theater der Jungen Welt, Leipzig) grapple with these authentic accounts of those who witnessed barbarism and had the will to survive. In doing so, they develop their own entry point to these witness reports. Continue reading
ThoughtSounds for Walter Benjamin – An Israeli-German Composers Exchange
as part of the concert series of Klangnetz e. V.
As part of a concert trip in June 2010, composers from Israel and Berlin as well as musicians of the Ensemble Adapter will give joint workshops at conservatories in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Frankfurt am Main, and Berlin. Continue reading
The Comic-Guide Berlin – Tel Aviv
The comic-guide Berlin – Tel Aviv is an intercultural bilingual project that deals with cities like Berlin and Tel Aviv in an innovative manner. The aim of the project is to create a bilingual (German-Hebrew) city guide for Berlin and Tel Aviv vis-à-vis the medium of comics. Continue reading
Teachers of the Alfred-Müller-Armack-Berufskolleg On Their Way
Teachers at the Alfred-Müller-Armack-Berufskolleg in Cologne are on their way to Jewish as well as Arab places and schools in Israel to help prepare for an exchange program between German and Israeli students. Continue reading
Abissalle Glick – ARENA Coproduction 2010 with Tadam Company
Over a period of one year, and with the involvement of students from Erlangen, a performance production is being developed. The artistic realization is mainly in the hands of the Israeli artists from Tadam Company, while ARENA is responsible for implementing all the tasks related to the production. Continue reading
Girls’ Soccer Project: Hadass plays with Stella
The project brings together 32 girls from diverse backgrounds aged 8 to 14 years from Israel and Halberstadt, Germany. Continue reading
A Future in Friendship
How do aspiring filmmakers in Germany and Israel respectively view the other country? Film students from the Film and Television Academy “Konrad Wolf” in Potsdam and the Film & TV Department at Sapir Academic College in Sderot asked themselves this very question and worked together to convey their impressions of the future of German-Israeli relations. Continue reading
ILanD 2009
If the emerging music scenes in Israel and Germany are one thing, it is that they are going places. These various artists, musicians, and bands cannot be assigned to one particular genre; instead they create their own distinct mixture from elements of pop, world music, surf or hip hop. The Project IlanD 2009 was exactly that – its own mixture: It brought together popular acts and newcomers from both countries to Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. Continue reading
Musical Encounters
An exchange between the Julius Stern Institute at the Berlin University of the Arts and the Jerusalem Music Center brings together young and talented musicians for joint music making. Continue reading