Visit to Israel in October 2015

Between 22 and 25 October 2015, Freundeskreis chair Ines Koenen and her deputy Stefanie Gronau visited our twin town Ashkelon. Having received many guests from Ashkelon in Berlin to celebrate the anniversary of our town twinning agreement in 2014, we also wanted to pay them a visit. Furthermore, we wanted to present our idea of organizing an art camp. Although details still need to be discussed, the project seems to be promising. Both youth art schools are already in touch with each other.

We were especially keen to deepen the existing contacts. The screening of the documentary »Im Himmel unter der Erde« made an essential contribution to this endeavour. Sixty Israelis of all generations joined the screening, including many young people, representatives of the municipality and holocaust survivor Eva Erben. Being one of the historical witnesses interviewed for the video archive »Sprechen trotz allem«, she is widely known in Pankow. Eva Erben has already visited Pankow and signed the visitors’ book.

As always, we were offered a very warm welcome. We were impressed by the warmth and openness of the people we met. Everybody did their best to adapt the programme to our needs. Now that we have met the people of Ashkelon, we look forward to many new encounters and hope to extend our project work in the coming years.

Agenda items:

Visit to Ashkelon’s youth art school

Besuch der Jugendkunstschule in Ashkelon


Screening of the documentary »Im Himmel unter der Erde« about the Jewish cemetery in Weißensee at the community centre in Ashkelon

Filmvorführung des Dokumentarfilmes »Im Himmel unter Erde« über den Jüdischen Friedhof Weißensee im Community Center in Ashkelon


Tour of Ashkelon’s archeological sites with Gad Sobol

Führung durch die archäologischen Stätten Ashkelons

Visit to the kibbutz Nitzanim with Naav Zelinger

Besichtigung des Kibbuz Nitzanim
Besichtigung des Kibbuzes Nitzanim. Melkanlage.