Action Reconciliation Service for Peace announces summer camp to clear the Jewish cemetery of Chernivtsi

Action Reconciliation Service for Peace (ARSP) expects 13 to 15 volunteers for a summer camp from September 26 to October 8 in Chernivtsi (former Czernowitz). Participants in the age of 40+ will not only work but also explore the history of the city.

The Jewish cemetery of Chernivtsi is, with 50,000 graves, one of the largest preserved Jewish cemeteries in Europe, damaged in some areas and largely neglected. Volunteers will pull up weeds and undergrowth, clear overgrown paths between the graves and discover forgotten inscriptions on the gravestones.

The 40+ summer camp in Chernivtsi takes place annually since 2009. Volunteers will dive into the history of Jewish Bukovina: from the flowering of the 19th century to the tragedy of the 20th century – the deportation of almost the entire Jewish population – to the consequences of Sovietisation.

Participants will visit the small Jewish community, discover the city and let themselves get caught up in the Chernivtsi adventure. It will be loud, stressful, not always comfortable, often strange, sometimes incomprehensible, but definitely unforgettable.

ARSP is a voluntary service under management of the German Protestant Church and active in many European countries as well as in Israel and the US. For over 50 years the organization has been committed to working toward reconciliation and peace, as well as fighting racism, discrimination and social exclusion.

Further information and application form for the summer camp in Chernivtsi are here: https://www.asf-ev.de/en/summer-camps/programmes/ukraine/chernivtsi.html

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