Germany Close Up – American Jews Meet Modern Germany is a youth encounter program for Jewish North-American students and young professionals aged 18 to 39. Founded in 2007, the program offers week-long, educational group programs to Germany. The program is currently administered by Action Reconciliation Service for Peace. Germany Close Up runs ten to twelve programs each year. For program specifics and application information, please visit


Germany Close Up is financed by the German Government’s Transatlantic Program. This program draws on funds from the special assets of the European Recovery Program (ERP) of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. The funding received from the Transatlantic Program takes the form of a participant scholarship that covers two thirds of the participation costs.

Participants are required to cover the remaining third of their participation costs. This takes the form of a program participation fee. This fee varies from program to program and can be found on each program’s individual Information page.

The participation fee covers hotel accommodation (twin share, three star), most meals, transportation within Germany, and admission fees and event tickets. Not included in the fee are tips. Participants are asked to contribute 50 EUR (roughly US$55) for tips.