Action Reconciliation Service for Peace (ARSP) Fellowship
Known in German as Aktion Sühnezeichen Friedensdienste (ASF) is a German non-profit organization founded in 1958 and dedicated to promoting democratic values and fighting discrimination and exclusion through reflection on the German past – specifically the horrors of National Socialism in the 1930s and 1940s. While not a church organization, it was founded out of the German Protestant Church, with which it maintains close institutional ties.
ARSP’s signature program is its year-long fellowship, where approximately 150 German adults, mostly 18-20 years old, serve for a year outside of Germany working for non-profit organizations focusing on the elderly, disadvantaged populations, historical education, and civic engagement. Work with the Jewish community and with Holocaust survivors remains an important part of their work as well – in the US, approximately half of the 22 volunteer positions have some connection with the one or both. ARSP places volunteers in the US, Israel, France, Great Britain, the Netherlands, Belgium, Norway, the Czech Republic, Poland, Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and Germany itself. Volunteers in each country also come together for learning and reflection during week-long retreats.
The Edlavitch DCJCC is thrilled to welcome our first ARSP volunteer in the fall of 2019. Here at the EDCJCC, the ARSP volunteer will support our volunteer programs, regularly help out at the Senior Center, and provide assistance with GLOE and Jewish Life programming as well.