Q&A: Building Germany’s Jewish Future
It might sound counterintuitive given the traumatic history of the 20th century, but over the past few decades, Germany has boasted one of the fastest-growing Jewish communities in the world.
Seventy-five years after Kristallnacht transformed Germany’s streets into a terrifying mosaic of broken glass, the country of about 250,000 Jews – the world’s eighth-largest Jewish population – has rebounded to become a haven for Jewish innovation and education.
Sarah Goldenstein, 25, never imagined she’d go from teaching Sunday school in her home state of North Carolina to helping build Jewish community among Russian immigrants in Germany, but that’s exactly what she’s been doing for the past two years as a Jewish Service Corps fellow through JDC’s Entwine initiative for inspired young Jews.
From painting flower pots to running a fruit-filled Tu B'Shvat seder, Berlin's cosmopolitan Jewish families appreciate innovative Bambinim programs offering quality and inclusion. Learn more about this multi-lingual "New Year for trees" celebration.