German group starts ‘Rent A Jew’ project

A “Rent a Jew” project has been established by the Munich based Janusz Korczak Academy that seeks to create contact between German Jews and non-Jewish Germans.

Eva Haller, a member of the academy’s board of directors, speaking to The Jerusalem Post said the project has a “provocative name” and aims “to engage young people on the grassroots level.”

“Many people in Germany have not had a chance to meet Jews in Germany,” she said. The German Jewish participants are under 30 and have completed their high school degree. There are approximately 20 German Jews involved in the project and the number will continue to grow, said Haller.

The young German Jews are available to speak before schools, religious groups, and other institutions.

Haller said the purpose of the interactions with non-Jews will “not be to clarify religious or political questions, “rather to build interpersonal contacts for young people.”

However, she said, the participants are trained to answer political or religious questions.


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