July 30th, 2009

Central Council and Israeli institutions want to strengthen co-operation

Berlin – The Central Council of Jews in Germany wants to co-operate more closely with Israeli institutions in the future. On returning from a working visit to Israel , the Council's Secretary General, Stephan J. Kramer, announced plans to set up co-operation programmes aimed at strengthening and promoting Jewish knowledge in Germany 's Jewish communities. According to Kramer, the head of the Jewish Agency, Natan Sharansky, as well as the director of the organisation Nativ, Naomi Ben-Ami, are interested in helping the Central Council to improve Jewish youth work and integration of Jewish immigrants. In an interview with the Jüdische Allgemeine newspaper, Kramer said: "We have agreed to give priority to youth work and encouraging young immigrants to take an active part in Jewish community life." He said the Central Council wanted to take advantage of Israel 's experience in integration work. He also said that co-operation programmes would help to promote Jewish education in the communities. In addition, according to Kramer, there are plans for joint information events and a political exchange programme. (30.07.2009)