Past Programs

Below you will find the complete programs for the previous three years, 2019, 2018 and 2017, as well as a list of local programs, organizations and initiatives we visited and met with  each year.

Dr. Yael Almog

Department of Theology, Goethe University Frankfurt

Feminist and Queer Voices in Jewish Activism 

Mai Amit

Partnerships Manager, Insights

JASS Alumna

An Activist's Introduction to Complex Systems Theory

Dr. Susannah Crockford

Post-Doctoral Researcher, NARMESH (Narrating the Mesh) Project, Ghent University

  • What is Action during Ecological Apocalypse?

  • The Role of Personal Narrative in Activism

Prof. Irit Dekel

Research Associate, Jena Center for Reconciliation Studies, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität, Jena

  • Memory Activism

  • Guided site visits to the Berlin Holocaust memorials and the Neue Wache


Rabbi Yehoshua Engelman


  • Tzedaka, Public and Personal

  • Lo Ta’amod al Dam Re’ekha / Do Not Stand Aside if Your Neighbor Bleeds

  • Ona’at Devarim / Oppression Through Words

Charlotte Fischer

Senior Organizer, Citizens UK

Building Power to Win Justice - Jewish Community Organising

Dalia Grinfeld

President, Jüdische Studierendenunion Deutschland / Jewish Student Union of Germany (JSUD)

  • Jewish Student Activism in today’s Germany

  • Jewish Student Activism: A Case Study

Dr. Kostis Karpozilos

Director, Contemporary Social History Archives (ASKI), Athens

Abraham Benaroya: Sephardic Founder of Greek Socialism


Yonathan Keren

House of Deep Democracy, Amsterdam

An Introduction to Deep Democracy and The Work of Byron Katie: Two Routes to Self-Exploration

Dr. Darko Mitevski

President, NaturKultur, Bremen

Group Trainings


Rabbi Micha Odenheimer 

Founder and former director of Tevel B’Tzedek, Jerusalem

Jewish Social Justice: Past, Present and Future


Dekel Peretz

Jüdisches Zentrum Synagoge Fraenkelufer, Berlin

The Individual and the Community in Social Transformation: The Thought of Gustav Landauer


Dr. Emilia Roig

Founder and Executive Director, Centre for Intersectional Justice, Berlin

Prof. Jonathan Schorsch

Founder and Director, JASS

School of Jewish Theology, Universität Potsdam

Core Course



Dr. Yael Almog

(Lichtenberg-Kolleg - The Göttingen Institute for Advanced Studies)

Jewish and Israeli Women Activists

Mai Amit

(The Minerva Schools of KGI)

An Activist's Introduction to Complex Systems Theory


Rabbi Shoshana Cohen

(Conservative Yeshiva, Jerusalem)

and Reuma Shlesinger

(Atzum, Task Force on Human Trafficking)

Human Trafficking and Prostitution: Root Causes and Radical Change

Hannah Dannel

(Zentralrat der Juden in Deutschland)

Making Mitzvah Day a Reality

Prof. Irit Dekel (Friedrich Schiller Universität Jena, European University in Exile)

The Holocaust Memorial (guided site visit)

The Anti-War Museum (guided site visit)

Rabbi Shoshana Boyd Gelfand 

(Director, JHub)

On Jewish Leadership

Shai Hoffmann

(Bus der Begegnungen)

How to put your beliefs and ideas into real actions: five steps of project realization

Let’s drive a double decker bus for social cohesion: the Bus of Encounters: goals, successes, failures and how everyone can contribute

Yonathan Keren

(House of Deep Democracy, Amsterdam)

Deep Democracy Training

Rabbi Melanie Landau

(Director of Facilitation, Encounter Programs)

Activism From the Inside Out

Elad Lapidot (Freie Universität Berlin/Universität der Künste)

The Intellectual and the State: Travels with Rabbi Shimon bar Yohai into and out of the Cave

Karen Margolis

(English PEN, Pankow Power - Social Democratic Women of SPD and, Bet Debora Jewish Feminist Group)

Jewish Women and Civic Resistance - Family Stories and Political Activities from Apartheid South African to Cold War Europe and Beyond


Rabbi Micha Odenheimer

(Tevel B'Tzedek)

"The Torah could have been given only to those who ate the Manna": A Jewish Critique of Globalization in the Age of Trump

Nastia Pletoukhina

(Ernst Ludwig Ehrlich Studienwerk and Studentim)

The Concept of Help

Prof. Jonathan Schorsch

Core Course

Uri Rosenberg and Ms. Albandak

(Yad BeYad)

A Taste of Israeli-Palestinian Dialogue

Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg

(Senior Rabbi, Masorti Judaism UK)

Tikkun Haolam (Repair of the World) and Tikkun Hanefesh (Repair of the Soul): The Importance of the Relationship between Them

An Eco-Synagogue in London: A Case Study in Engaging in Environmental Activism


Radhika Borde

(International Union for the Conservation of Nature, Specialist Group on the Cultural and Spiritual Values of Protected Areas) 

Activism between the Community and the Environment: From India to the Czech Republic, a Personal Example

Prof. Micha Brumlik

(Center for Jewish Studies Berlin-Brandenburg)

Hegel's Jewish Pupils and Followers

Prof. Irit Dekel

(Visiting Professor for Israel Studies, Jewish Studies Program, the Unviersity of Virginia)

Dialogical Activism: Memory and Reconciliation, Self and Other


Prof. Joshua Dubler

(University of Rochester) 

Why Mass Criminalization is a Jewish Issue

Rabbi Yehoshua Engelman


The Ethics of Generosity

Vicente Rodriguez Fernandez

(Co-director University of Washington Legacies of Empires winter abroad program, founder RomaPop, Vice-President ternYpe International Roma Youth Network)

and - 

Jonathan Mack

(Central Council of German Sinti and Roma, Heidelberg)


RomaPop, Jewish, Romani and Black advocacy for fair representation in Comics


Facing the Terror, the Romani social movement and the rising of neo-fascism

Pari Ibrahim

(Founder Free Yezidi Foundation, Amsterdam)

Maia Ipp


Whose Stories Are You Carrying? Critical Self-Awareness for Activists


Yonathan Keren

(House of Deep Democracy, Amsterdam)

Deep Democracy Training

Prof. Admiel Kosman 

(School of Jewish Theology, Universität Potsdam)

Bein Adam LeHavero - Interpersonal Responsibilities

Elad Lapidot

(Freie Universität Berlin/Universität der Künste)

Nefesh HaChaim: (The Soul of Life): Chaim Volozhin's Manifesto for Intellectual Activism

Matty Mitford

(The Black Fish Foundation)

Citizen Inspectors Fight Illegal Overfishing

Arne Kvernvik Nilsen

(Governor, Correctional Services South Region, Norway)

Nature-environmental programme for prisoners. Why prisoners? What works? Punishment or a supporting environment?

Rabbi Micha Odenheimer 

(Founder and Director Tevel B’Tzedek, Jerusalem)

Torah as Radical Economics

Dekel Peretz

(Moses Mendelssohn Center, Potsdam)

Jews, Naturalism and the Berlin Avant-garde in the Early 20th Century.

Lorna Ritchie

Nonviolent Communication


Nigel Savage

(Hazon, New York)

  • Founding and Leading a Non-profit: Lessons from Hazon

  • Food, Land, Farming and Jewish Life

  • Leadership Lab: Four Questions

  • Text and Context: Ecology, Interpretation and Leadership

Prof. Jonathan Schorsch 

(School of Jewish Theology, Universität Potsdam)

  • The Ecosystems of Activism

  • Nonviolent Action: The Work of Gene Sharp

  • Measuring Success: Alternatives to GNP and GDP

Prof. Shani Tzoref

(Abraham Geiger College, Berlin/School of Jewish Theology, Universität Potsdam)

Speaking (Veiled) Truth to Power: Biblical Insights towards Empathy and Restorative Justice


Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg

(Senior Rabbi of Massorti Judaism UK)

  • Tikkun Olam and Tikkun Hanefesh: Fixing the World, Fixing the Self

  • The Dangers of Action without Spirituality and Spirituality without Action

  • The Spiritual Triangle of Self, Other and Nature

Local organizations, projects and sites:

These are some of the local organizations and projects with which we partnered during previous summer programs. 




Center for Intersectional



Jüdische Studierendenunion Deutschland


Shalom Rollberg




Site Visits, Events

Berlin Holocaust memorials (Jews, Roma and Sinti, Homosexuals, Disabled)

With Dr. Irit Dekel


Gedenkstätte Deutscher Widerstand / German Resistance Memorial Center

Sinti and Roma Holocaust Commemoration



Bus der Begegnungen (Bus of Encounters)

Kreuzberger Initiative Gegen Antisemitismus

Mitzvah Day

Base Berlin

Berlin Tisch

Fraenkelufer Synagogue

Masorti Minyan at the  -

Oranienburger Synagogue



Bet Debora Berlin



Alternative Berlin Tours

Beyond Philantropy

Gitschiner 15 

Kreuzberger Initiative Gegen Antisemitismus

Mietshäuser Syndikat

Mitzvah Day

Mundraub/Terra Concordia

Die Offene Gesellschaft

Prinzessinengarten Berlin

Restlos Glücklich e.V.

Shalom Rollberg

Transparency International

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