Berlin, carpe diem at its finest…
Berlin is unlike any other city in the world and it is safe to say this is simply because of the people that want to live there. The city in a way is the best and worst of Germany all at the same time just as NYC or London in their respective countries. What makes Berlin unique is that there has not really been an industry in the city until recently with startup world coming to capital. The south of Germany has flourished under a hybrid government system of social capitalism with the car industry and other corporate cultures of Munich and Stuttgart. However, Berlin is a different vibe altogether and slowly becoming the hub of the art world, music, and gastronomy within Europe.
This has brought an influx of people from all over Germany, Europe and around the world immigrating to the capital. This also includes Israelis and other Jews from around the globe who have ventured to mainland Europe for a better life. Today over 120,000 people within Germany consider themselves Jewish and and about 25% call Berlin home. What I find particularly interesting is the people that I have met in Berlin are resilient and making a difference rather quickly. These people just know how to make things happen with very little resources and the results are simply amazing.
Fulda Foundation and the trip participants will be invited to a special place in Berlin for a Friday night dinner to see some amazing programming in action. The Fraenkelufer Synagogue has many volunteers that keep Jewish traditions alive in the capital but also have an amazing community outreach program with the neighborhood, which is predominately a Turkish neighborhood. These programs open doors and create dialogue with teenage youth in the community, assist basic necessities refugees during holidays, and many other efforts throughout the year.
One can’t help but be inspired by people that give more than they receive and continue to change perceptions. We hope you can make it with us this year on the trip to Berlin. Don’t delay as space is limited! Contact us at the website and learn about the trip more in depth or pass along the word of the trip.
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CEO and Co-Founder of Fulda Foundation