Germany and Israel are linked in a unique way. The German‑Israeli Future Forum Foundation aims to further intensify this special relationship and promote contacts between young people in both countries.
Awareness of Germany’s responsibility for the Shoah is a defining factor in German‑Israeli relations. That is precisely why the governments of both countries believe it is important to foster contacts between their young people. The German‑Israeli Future Forum Foundation helps young Germans and Israelis to collaborate on joint projects and thereby forge enduring ties.
High‑calibre Board of Trustees
In 2007 the Forum was officially established as a foundation under German civil law. The Board of Trustees convened for the first time on 3 November 2008 in Berlin. The trustees are prominent German and Israeli citizens as well as government officials: on the Israeli side they are Ambassador Hadas‑Handelsman, Michael Federman, Prof Fanja Oz‑Salzberger, Dr Ruthie Eitan, Prof Schlomo Avineri and Dr Arye Carmon; on the German side they are Minister of State Pieper, former State Secretary Dr Michael Jansen, Dr Michael Naumann, Christina Rau, Daniela Schadt and René Obermann.
At its most recent meeting in Jerusalem on 8 November 2012, the Board of Trustees adopted priorities applicable to all future projects. The Future Forum Foundation is particularly keen to support civil‑society cooperation in the following areas:
- democracy and values
- diversity and integration
- identity and belonging
- social change and social justice
- civil society and civic commitment
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