Donnerstag, 16.09.2021

Schon gewusst?

Yom Kippur (Versöhnungstag)

Yom Kippur ist der höchste jüdische Feiertag, der mit strengem Fasten und Ruhe begangen wird. 



Dienstag, 07.09.2021

Schon gewusst?

Rosh HaShana (jüdisches Neujahr)

Am 07. und 08. September feiern Juden das Neujahrsfest. 

Neujahr? Im September? 


Warum Juden im September das Neujahrsfest feiern, was die Jamim Norim sind und wie das Neujahrsfest gefeiert wird, erfahrt ihr im Video.



Mittwoch, 14.04.2021

Schon gewusst?

Yom HaSikaron

Yom HaSikaron ist der Gedenktag für die gefallenen Soldaten der israelischen Kriege und für die Opfer von Terrorismus. Ein zweiminütiges Sirenenläuten eröffnet um 11 Uhr die offiziellen Gedenkveranstaltungen, meist auf Friedhöfen oder in Gedenkstätten. Durch die unmittelbare Nähe zum morgigen Unabhängigkeitstag soll daran erinnert werden, welchen Preis man für die Unabhängigkeit bezahlt hat.


Dienstag, 13.04.2021


Keep up the connection, trotz(t) der Pandemie

Hier ist es still geworden, da wir seit nunmehr über einem Jahr keine Jugendbegegnungen auf den Weg bringen durften, also auch keine Teilnehmenden hier über ihre Erfahrungen berichten können. 

Naja, aber ruhig war es trotzdem nicht, denn auch die Freundschaft zwischen Siegen-Wittgenstein und Emek Hefer wird (so wie alles im Moment) digital gepflegt. Und wir tun dies vermehrt gemeinsam mit der Gesellschaft für Christlich-Jüdische Zusammenarbeit Siegerland (was eine super Entwicklung ist) und anderen Kooperationspartnern, wie zum Beispiel bei diesem Projekt zu der Ausstllung "Speaking Art" zu der Woche der Brüderlichkeit, in der Kinder und Jugendliche der Jugendkunstschule Siegen-Wittgenstein und des Gymnasiums Stift Keppel über die Ausstellung und mit der Kunst mit Kindern und Jugendlichen aus dem Emek Hefer kommuniziert haben.

Keep up the connversation, trotz(t) der Pandemie!


Mittwoch, 31.03.2021

Schon gewusst?


Juden auf der ganzen Welt feiern in diesen Tagen das Pessach-Fest, eines der wichtigsten Feste des Judentums.

Dieses mehrtägige Fest erinnert an die Befreiung des Volkes Israel aus der ägyptischen Sklaverei.

Donnerstag, 05.03.2020



Today we had to leave this wonderful country with its sun, the beach, a lot of good food, very nice places and our new friends. L

But we also take a lot of things with us. There were so many interesting informations, another way of looking to the world and our lifes, new experiences, contacts and freindship.

We are very thankful for this amazing week.

Although we will miss all this, we are really looking forword to meeting again in may. We hope that it will also become such a great time.


(The whole group)

Mittwoch, 04.03.2020



Today we stayed in the Ramot Yam Highschool. We saw an english lesson in grade 9 and then we went to the sea. There we had a lot of fun:

- going tot he sea with a sailing yacht

- sub paddeling

- visiting and touring the seaturtle rescue centre

- doing a school-tour

- listening, dancing and partying to a band in the schoolyard (because of purim)

- making pizza

- etc.

So there are no more words needed. It was a fanatstic last full day!


(The whole group)

Dienstag, 03.03.2020



Today we were in Tel Aviv. We had a tour guide who showed us a lot of Jaffa and told some interesting historical facts. We visited some gallerys and talked about many artworks. We also visited the modern Tel Aviv and some awsome Places with amazing views. We went to an old market and had freetime for lunch.

Then we drove to a museum at the university. It was about different types of humor and especial of jewish humor. It was very funny but also exciting and interesting.

After that we had a great evening at Tamars house with snacks and good talks.


(Hannes & Joshua)

Montag, 02.03.2020


Daliat al-Karmel – a Druze town

Today we had a tour through a Druze town named Daliat al-Karmel. We learned a lot about the religion oft he Druze, their history, important standards and the way of life. In the beginning of the citytour the leader showed us some artworks at the houses in a street. She said that this art is for the connection between the Druze and the land of Israel.

For lunch we had special Pita, a kind of crepes that is typical for this area. After that we tried to learn some Arabic and the leader gave us some clothes and shows us what the people wear in the nineteenhundrets on the day of their marriage.

The hole day was really good and interesting. It was very exciting because we met in a real houses of Druze people. So we could see how they live in reality.



Sonntag, 01.03.2020



We traveled to Jerusalem today. It was really exciting and one big highlight on our trip. We had a guide who showed us a lot of interesting things. First we got a good overview because we stopped at a hill outside the city and realized that the old city is just a very small part of the big city of today.

After that we dicovered the old city. We visited the jewish and the christian quarter and got known a lot of interesting historical details.

The biggest highlight was the westernwall. We wrote small „letters to god“ and with our partner-students we went to the wall and stuck it there. Some of us did a little prayer. It was a very quiet moment. Some of us were crying and we all were really touched by the atmosphere.

Another highlight was visiting jehuda-market. There we had free time for lunch and shopping. It was great!


(Manuel & Lennard)

Samstag, 29.02.2020


I can´t explain, but I liked it

Today we had the free family-day and (Yaroslav & Elena) stayed in Jerusalem at Maors house.

Maor, Raz and we went to the dead see and swam in it. That was fun because it is so salty that it is impossible to go under water!

After 3 hours of swimming, sunbathing and having fun at the beach we went back home and ate something. It was really different to German food...I can’t explain but we liked it. We also watched a movie on Maors couch which was really scary...haha.

At about 20:30 we went bowling and ate some delicious Pizza. Then we drove Kart and went home at night. It was a very nice day.


(Elena & Yaroslav)

Freitag, 28.02.2020



Today we were in a kibbuz in the morning. It  was very interesting because we talked about histors (HIS-STORY) and had an art projekt with this topic. In groups created paintings to a text.

After this we had a testimony with Maxi. He told HIS STORY in Theresienstadt and Ausschwitz. It was really touching.

After lunch we went back to school. There we had a boat tour. We also jumped into the sea. It was very funny but also a bit cold. After that we ate icecream with our hostfamilies.

The highlight in the evening was the shabbat dinner at Yalis home. At the beginning we all stood around the table and Yalis father said something in hebrew and at the end we all said „Shabbat Shalom“ and ate one piece of bread with salt and drank a bit wine/juice to welcome the shabbat. It reminded us to the christian communion (Abendmahl).

Then we had a great and delicious dinner with a lot of fun.


(Mia & Jenny)

Donnerstag, 27.02.2020



We started at 6 am at school in Burbach. After one hour we arrived at the airport FRA. Our flight was delayed one hour but it was very relaxed. As we finally arrived in Tel Aviv we had a very nice and warm welcome. The students waited with banners, sweets and very nice shirts for us. Immediately we felt very well received. After a great and tasty welcome-dinner we met our host-parents. I think I will stay in Israel ;-) Okay...maybe...but we are all really looking forward to making a lot of new experiences, having fun and finding new friends this week. (Lennard)

Sonntag, 22.09.2019

Interspace DE

Second meeting for the Interspace

Today was our second meeting for the Interspace Exchange. At the beginning most of us were really excited because at this meeting we will getour exchange partner.

When everyone was there, we started with a few warm-up games. Since we all didn't know each other so well, we formed groups of four and wrote 3 similarities and one invented similarity. Then the other groups had to guess which similaritie has been invented. For some this was very easy for others it was not. Afterwards we placed ourselves in a triangle and made different movements. When we had finally finished, Barbara explained the principle of the small notes hanging on the walls. We should take a closer look at them for about 10 minutes and place ourselves in front of the card with our favorite exchange partner. For some of them, we had to trade because several wanted the same partner. When each of us found a partner most of us immediately made contact with the partners. After that we watched videos which we  got as an answer to the videos we sended to israel. In the videos we saw our exchange partners for the first time. Most of us couldn't wait to continue writing with them and so we had another break after the videos. After about 10 minutes, we started a new program item, namely we worked on the history of Germany. some found it useless, but most of us made a long lecture about the whole second World War and it´s impact on our history. This took some time. Afterwards whe had to write down some rules which we - as hosts- have to follow to make our guests a good time. We sat down in groups of four and each have had a different topic. For example my group got the topic cleanliness. But the worst for the most of us was the fact that we had to present the results in front of our parents so they would know how to behave as a host of an Israeli. Finally we made it very well eventhough no one was in a good mood to do it. But we´re still alive. Yay. As i told you our parents have been there. Thats beause we had an information evening for the parents where Barbara answered all of their questions regarding to he exchange. We were told the dates of our exchange in Israel and where we will stop while we´re on tour. Planned are tour in Siegerland, Frankfurt and… Berlin. How cool. I mean that´s Berlin. When the first meeting came to an end, we all went home with so much anticipation to the coming exchange.

Written by Leonie and Lea

Freitag, 09.08.2019

KJR 2019 DE

Time to say goodbye !

Our last day together started at 6:45 am. We had to put our suitcases into the bus. Afterwards we had a quick breakfast. At 7:30 am we drove to the airport. In the bus was a strange mood. Probably we all knew that the delegation ended. Then we arrived at the Airport Schönefeld and it was time to say goodbye. For everyone it was hard to say goodbye and a lot of us started to cry. After a while with tears and hugs we really had to say goodbye. The Israelis went to their airplane and the Germans drove with the bus back to Kreuztal. At 3 pm the Israelis arrived in Israel and the Germans arrived in Kreuztal at 5 pm. It was a great time we had together and we are happy to meet us again in april 2020.

Lea Mara

Sonntag, 04.08.2019

KJR 2019 DE

Sunday with the families

Sunday was the family day. We met at eleven o'clock at the parish hall in Fellinghausen with our parents and siblings. For lunch, we ate soups together, talked and played some games like volleyball, Indiaca and Viking Chess. And of course we danced Bubble It and Ziben Ziben. After that we split into two groups and visited the historical Hauberg in the forest next to it. When everybody was back we ate cake and had much fun with our hosts and families.

Tomer & Lisa Marie

Samstag, 03.08.2019

KJR 2019 DE

The day in the host families

On Saturday, 3rd August we could finally sleep long. We woke up at about 9 am, had a relaxed breakfast and started at 11 am to the forest house “Hohenroth” near the village “Lützel”. We arrived there at a quarter to twelve. It was beautiful, silent and calming. We went for a walk around the area. Visited the source of the river “Eder” and we walked through the “ Kyrill Pfad”. “Kyrill” was a big storm that destroyed forests and houses in 2007. After that we had coffee and cake or waffles at the forest house “Hohenroth”. It was delicious!!!

When we finished our break, we drove to Cologne to do some shopping, sight seeing and to have dinner. So, after 1 1/2 h we arrived in Cologne and met Ida and Naama immediately. At first, we spent a look at the “Kölner Dom”. And it is still impressive and so pretty!!! Then we split up to do some shopping for about one hour and a half. We found some really nice stores and bought of course a few things. The shopping was so exhausting that we needed to have dinner, so we met again and went to have dinner. We sat in a restaurant near the Rhine, it was called “Zum roten Ochsen”. We ate very delicious “Schnitzel” and enjoyed the time we had together.

We went back home at about 10:30 pm. We were very exhausted, happy and fed up. The day was perfect for us and we had a lot of fun!!! :)

Hannah & Noa

On Saturday we got up at 9.30 am and we had a nice breakfast. We ate shakshuka a typical israelian breakfast. At 11 o`clock we started our trip to cologne .
We arrived at 12 o `clock and visited the „Kölner Dom“. It`s a very big Cathedral with a lot of nice details. After that we started to walk around the city and we did a lot
of shopping. In the afternoon we went to an italianrestautant that´s called „Vapiano“. We ate pasta and it was very delicious. After the dinner we went backhome, and it took more than one hour until we got home because there was a lot of traffic. We arrived
home at 7.30 pm. Then we went to a party with a few people from the delegation. It was very cool and funny. To sum up we had a very nice and exeiting day. It wasvery interesting and we saw a lot of things in the city.

Naama Gafnan & Ida Halberstadt

Freitag, 02.08.2019

KJR 2019 DE

„Social Projects

The day started as usual at the meeting point „Dreslerspark“. The upcoming program for Friday was „Social Projects“. The german and israeli young people were divided into 4 groups with their exchange partners. So one group could go to AWO Siegen, the other to AWO Deuz, the third one toCJD Weidenau and the last one to the „Dunkelcafe“ Siegen.

Day in the CJD facility Weidenau:

When we arrived in Weidenau by bus we went into the CJD building. We were warmly welcomed by a man named Sebastian, who was mainly responsible for the kitchen. After we introduced ourself , we sat in a small room. We talked about important questions about getting to know each other and the institution. Then we walked straight into the kitchen to prepare/cook salads, pasta, meat and crêpes. For this we made teams which were responsible in each case for a court. We spent 1-2 hours in the kitchen to prepare our lunch and then we ate together with other members of the CJD. While working we were allowed to take many breaks, so we used the time to eat crêpes and drink coffee. Overall the atmosphere was very relaxed and we learned how to work/cook in a team.

Day in the AWO facility Siegen:

When we arrived in Siegen by bus, we went into the Awo building. We were greeted nicely and then divided into teams. There were three stations.The first thing to do was to assemble the bags with the label holders,with the second one you had to screw, put an angle holder, a nut and a washer into the bag . And the last one was to screw a cable socket. At 12:45 there was lunch, there were two different kinds of soup. Most of them didn ́t like it that way that ́s why we went to ikea. It was a very nice day in the AWO, to see how disabled people work.They were all very nice and helpful. The atmosphere was very good and we learned to work in a team. After all groups had finished their projects we were picked up by bus at 15:00. Then we drove to the „Gemeindehaus“ Eichen to prepare the final evening. Finally the day was finished by a tasty Pizza.

Gil & Kathi, Gur & Lara


Mittwoch, 31.07.2019

KJR 2019 DE

Camping adventure !

After meeting each other at Dreslers park at 8:00 am we met the mayor "Walter Kiß" of Kreuztal at the White Mansion. After the speech and the Q&A with the mayor, we signed the guest book, took a picture for the newspaper, and made our way to a local ice cream shop named "Ajeti" which we got coupons for from the mayor.

At 10 o'clock we went to the lake "Bigge" to have our camping day. On the way there everyone slept on the bus… When we finally got to the lake, we split into groups of 4 and went canoeing on the lake. When we got back we had some free time to swim, skipping stones, and eat lunch and then we played some games and had free time, afterwards we built 4 tents.

When the tents were ready we had an activity by Lea and Theresa and then Lukas and Max made us BBQ and we had dinner. After the dinner we all had free time some played volleyball some listened to music or just talked. And some point everyone went to sleep.

Raz & Laura

Dienstag, 30.07.2019

KJR 2019 DE

A Day in Siegen

TUESDAY, 30.07.2019

In the morning, we met at our meeting point Dreslers Park at 8:30. Then we took the bus to Hermelsbacher cemetery, where we had a guided tour on the Jewish part and we heard a lot of interesting stories about the Jewish and Russian people in Siegen. Afterwards we went to a museum which used to be a synagoge and we listened to stories about the Jewish community in the holocaust.

Then we went to the Kreishaus in Siegen and with the elevator we got on the roof and a photographer took a picture of our whole group, the district administrator Andreas Müller and the great view. At 12 o'clock we had lunch at the Hammerhütte which was really tasty. The district administrator said welcome to everyone and one of the Israeli teamers held a speech which he prepared before.

After lunch we had freetime for the rest of the day. Everyone went into town for shopping or just for discovering the city by a visit in the museum. Everyone went home on their own and whenever they wanted to.

In the evening, we all met at the Freibad Eichen, because it was the birthday of an Israeli girl and her host prepared and organized a surprise party for her. Like this we let the day fade away all together.

Einav Tzur & Lisa Kreuz




Montag, 29.07.2019

KJR 2019 DE

All about the steel industry !

Monday, July 29th 2019

On Monday we all met at the SMS Siemag in Dahlbruch at 9.45 am. We went into a conference room where two ex-workers told us something about the history of the factory and all the machines that they have. After some safety instructions we split into two groups and went on separate tours through the company where we learned about different processes and machines which was really interesting. Afterwards we went to the company’s dining hall for lunch.

After lunch we walked to the Mine and the Stahlberg Museum in Müsen. When we finally arrived we split into two groups again and while the one group went to the museum first our group was going into the mine. It was really dark and cold but the tour was very interesting and we learned a lot about mining in the past and the fact that they had a lot of iron, or that they could get out of the mine, or that there was a special entrance for the aristocrats called the princess entrance. When we got out we switched so the other group went into the mine and we went to the museum. It showed all the things that we had been told about in the mine so we were able to understand it even better. They also had a cabinet with all kinds of crystals and different ores that you could get out of a mine. And once the second group was back from the Mine the day ended and we all went home.

Lara & Maya

Sonntag, 28.07.2019

KJR 2019 DE

The last day in Heidelberg

After a short night and a tasty breakfast, we drove by bus to our hiking start at 8.30. Before we started our hiking, we danced a lot of dances like the "Bubble it"-dance.Our hike included a way uphill and 1600 stairs. That is why the hiking is called the "Himmelsleiter". When we were at the top of the mountain it started to rain. Therefore we had not a good view since it was very foggy. Because of the weather we had to stop our hiking tour. That is why we drove back down again with a mountain railway and had to think for an alternative program. We decided to do some shopping in the city of Heidelberg. For example some of us visited Starbucks, the "Gummi bears-shop" or ate a great Schnitzel. Because of a bus problem our free time in Heidelberg was extended. Therefore we visited some more shops. After the bus problem was solved we drove back home to the Siegerland where the Israelis met the first time the host family of their exchange partner. That was very exciting for them. In the host families we had dinner and enjoyed the evening by for example playing games. Even not everything worked like it was planned we had a great day with good experiences.

Lydia und Gilad




Freitag, 26.07.2019

KJR 2019 DE

Our first meeting

Welcome !


I woke up at 5 o’clock because i was exited meeting the Israelis for the first time. After lying in my bed doing nothing just being nervous, i got ready, packed the last things and than my parents carried me to the meeting point at the Dreslers Park in Kreuztal. When everyone arrive , we had to say goodbye to our family and the trip began. 

After a funny ride with the bus and the bus driver Helmut we had a stop at a service area because the plane were 40 minutes later, the excitement rised each kilometer we came nearer to the airport. At the airport we all were really exited to meet them.

After a time of waiting, they just came out of the door and we all welcome each other and walked together to the bus.


I started my day with getting back alone from spain, and when i came home, i started packing my suitcase. 

after that, i was really nervous to finally meet the ones in germany that we talked so much time before, and i was really excited! So i came to my grandparents to drive me to rupin cause my family and my parents were still in spain. 

I didn’t had a sleep from all the stress and i came to rupin in 2 am, meet with everyone and starting with our drive with the bus to the airport. The flight was really good, and than we arrived to germany. 

In germany we got through some door and than we saw the germans from the exchange. We said welcome and we hugged it was really fun to finally see in real life each other and not just on whatsapp. and afterwards - we started this amazing exchange.


The situation were a little bit strange but after a few time, everything was fine

Next Stop was Heidelberg. 1 Hours later, we arrived at Heidelberg, there we had a little lunch break at a river. Later, when everyone was well- fed and after a little game we got back in the bus and drove to the hostel.  At the Hostel we had a little bit free time for relaxing and change clothing or something else, we met at the lobby after that and get back to the bus and drove into the city. In the city we were supposed to make a city quest, we got a bag with a lot of stuff for the quest and had to download the app  to find places where we have to answer questions. It was really interesting, because we saw a lot of beautiful places.

After the quiz we met at a point and drove back to the hostel, there we got our first meal together, for the israelis it was a special meal called kiddush, it’s every friday evening. Once we all were ready we played little games to get to know each other better. Later we all talked a long time.

Thora & Itay

Donnerstag, 27.06.2019

SV Fortuna 19

The last evening

In the morning the Israelis went with their exchange partners to school. Most of the kids were hat the Evau. The Evau is a christian school in Weidenau. Together they took part in the school lessons. Unfortunately our guest couldn’t unterstand a word but they said the lessons here are quite different because no one ist moving or talking most of the time. Today ist was over 30 degrees again so we went to the swimming pool in freudenberg. The cold water was perfect. After that we went to the football court because we had training. At the end of the training we played a match: Israel versus Germany. Germany won 3:2. 
In the evening we had a barbecue with all families at the football court. Every family brought delicious food. We had decorated the place with german and israeli flags. We created a great atmosphere, because we finally became friends after this week. There were also a few words from the responsibilities to say goodbye. They talked about the beginning of the exchange in Duisburg at the Ruhr Games. Everyone was shy but over the week we developed a friendship. We have learned a lot about our Israeli guests and their life. We have respected each other and enjoyed our time together. At the end of the evening we took a lot of photos to keep this time forever in our minds. We can’t wait to meet our new friends in Israel next year.

Dienstag, 25.06.2019

SV Fortuna 19

Climbing Parc

Today we went to the climbing parc in Freudenberg. Some of us walked to the old town of Freudenberg, which called „Alter Flecken“. There we got a city tour. The climbing parc is very nice and we had a very nice and funny time. Ranum got stuck in the middle oft he zipline. The head oft he climbing parc had to rescue him. At 1 o´clock we ate lunch at a restaurante called „Altstadt-Hotel“. The major of Freudenberg ate with us. After that we went to the swimming pool. It was very hot and the water was very cold, that was perfect. At 6 o´clock we had training with the boys born in year: 2003, 2004 and 2005. The training was very hard because oft he high temperature, but afterward we enjoyed the cold shower. After the training we all went back home with our exchange partner.

Montag, 24.06.2019

SV Fortuna 19

Our day in Siegen

Today we took the bus from Morer Place to Hermelsbacher Cemetery at 8:30 o´clock. There we got a tour about the former Jews who lived in Siegen. A guide also told us how the partnership between Siegen and Emek Hefer came about. Then we went by bus to the upper town of Siegen and visited a church. After that we went to the active museum Südwestfalen, which used to be a synagoge and later an air raid shelter. Afterward we ate lunch and had free time in Siegen until 4 pm. By Bus we went back to Freudenberg where we played a tournament consisted of 5 teams. The team from Maccabi won all games.

Samstag, 22.06.2019

SV Fortuna 19

Ruhr Games

The second day we went to a street soccer tournament at the Ruhr Games in Duisburg. Half of our groupe went there by bycicle and the other half went there by bus. 10 teams took part in the tournament. We had to play a group stage and a final round. The teams „Fortuna-Boys“ and „Maccabi-Boys“ played in the final. The „Fortuna-Boys“ won the tournament with 2:1. After the tournament we had free time at the festival. We had a lot of fun, but after that we couldn’t do anything. In the afternoon we watched the Round of 16 from the Women’s World Cup in a little bar. Germany won against Nigeria. In the evening we had a big dinner and a presentation by our guests from Israel. They talked about their land and their special football rules. I think everyone of us enjoyed the day. We all had a lot of fun, no struggles or something like that.

Freitag, 21.06.2019

SV Fortuna 19

Maccabi Bat Hefer meets SV Fortuna Freudenberg

Today was the first day of our exchange. First of all we drove to the airport in Frankfurt by bus, where we met our exchange partners. After that we drove to Duisburg where we checked in at our hotel for the next two days. 

Then we ate something and visited the Ruhrgames in Duisburg. There we had some free time where everybody could look at the sports disciplines, which the people were interested in. At the evening we had a Shabbat dinner. That was very interested for the German people. 

Donnerstag, 30.05.2019


Departure, a day full of emotions!

The day started with a delicious breakfast in the host families, packing the luggage and talking about the week.

At half past twelve we drove to the Restaurant “Ponte Rosa” in the village “Rehe” at a small lake called “Krombachtalsperre” There all students and the families and teachers met for a farewell lunch. We talked a lot and ate schnitzel, salad, pasta and ice cream ... Then we went to the beach for a last photo, where it was also time to say goodbye for some people. Already there, the first tears flowed.

After that we went to the airport. Then it was time to say goodbye for everyone. We cried a lot and hugged each other. Nobody knows if it was a goodbye just for a short time or forever.

We miss you! Hope to see you again! Thanks for the great time with a lot of experiences!


Mittwoch, 29.05.2019


Great last day in Bonn – We are all the same

Today we were in Bonn in the "house of history".  It was a very exciting experience. 

Afterwards we held a weekly review, which was very touching and emotional so that some of us started crying. It was sad and depressing in some moments but also funny and thankful in other minutes. We all mentioned that we got a real group with big cohesion. We found a lot of differences and a lot of  similarities. One student summarized:

“We are all different! Everyone of us. The Germans and the Israeli. We are all different. But in a special way we are just the same.”

After that we were allowed to go for shopping as the "fun part". Everyone bought a lot of things :)

In the evening we all met at Jacob’s house because it was his birthday. We ordered pizza and everyone had a lot of fun, as always!  We wish all the best to Jacob!

Dienstag, 28.05.2019


Siegen and climbing

Today we went to Siegen. There we had a small city tour with Andrea. She told us some things about the castle and we had a special view and touching experience with the walls and the ground. After taking photos and getting some interesting information about German Jews that influenced our country we had lunch.

In the afternoon we drove to Bad Marienberg. There e visited the climbing wood. It was really fun!

Montag, 27.05.2019


Visiting Dortmund

Exhibition in school:

When we arrived at Dortmund we visited a school (Droste-Hülshoff-Realschule) and visited the exhibition „Because Hanni was jewish“ which is created and guided by the students of this school.

It is about a girl, Hanni, which lived the near the school. The exhibition shows her and her families life and what happened to all of them during the Nazi-regime.

With this they showed us how the Jewish people lived and which rules they had to obey.

It is amazing what these students created in this cellar. They also explained very emotional and descriptive.

Especially the Israeli students were very touched.

Museum & City Trip:

Later when we got in the city, we had a choice between the soccer museum and the art museum. For both groups it was interesting and nice.

After that we had a little time to go shopping, so we bought some things for us and after that we went back home.

We had a lot of fun together on this day!!!


Sonntag, 26.05.2019


Family day!

Today was the familyday, me and a part of the Group were in the „Ruppertalsklamm“ in Lahnstein.  It is in a wood with many small waterfalls. We hiked there.

The weather was very nice and we had so much fun. It was beautiful and we all like the view and took a lot of nice pictures.

After that we all drove to Koblenz. We went with the cable railway over the rivers „Rhein“ and „Mosel“ . In the evening we  ate at Mc Donalds. The day was very great and we enjoyed it. The other Part of the Group was in Phantasialand which also was very nice as they told.




Samstag, 25.05.2019


Very emotional but then fun

Today we went to the memorial centre in Hadamar it was very emotional everyone was sad and shocked. Some of us cried a lot and were very emotional. We get a lot of information and it were to much impressions. I think nobody will forget this because it was really depressing and we learned a lot of things.

After that we had a canoe Trip which was good for talking and think about less hard themes. It was very exhausting and after a time we lost our power but on a mysterious way we arrived at the end ;-)

In the evening we ate Burger at Paulas house and had a nice evening


(Luisa & Shahar)

Freitag, 24.05.2019


FOG IN AUGUST – A very special movie

Today  we watched the movie "Fog in August", directed by Kai Wessel, it is about a 13 year old boy called Ernst Lossa, that got send to a mental institution because he and his father are both yenish. Ernst felt he didn’t belong there. That was right because he was a healthy little boy, but he was a other race so they placed him in this “hospital”.

Through the story the mental institution was allowed and told to execute mentally people so the doctor decided who had to die. There comes a new special nurse that kills the children with raspberry juice and a "special-medicine" in overdose that lets them die on a cruel death. Ernst tries to escape and boycott this. Another nurse tried also to.

Ernst wants to leave the institution but before he could, a plane dropped a bomb. After he saw that his best friend almost died and the nurse that was protecting another girl died he shouted at the director of the mental home that he is a murderer. The director decided to get him executed.


I think the movie is really depressive but it shows how worthless these people were in the time from 1933-1945. Some girls cried and we were really sad. But it was also very touching and important. We know: This must not happen again!


From your best blog writers Lavi and Julian

Donnerstag, 23.05.2019


Arriving and meet again

Yoav: At 6:00 we departed from Tel Aviv. It was very nice. Berrys father was the pilot so we could have a look to the cockpit. When we arrived our host-parents welcomed us in Frankfurt. When we arrived at school the german students were just waiting. We hugged and some cried. We are so happy and glad to be in Germany now and see our friends again.


Egzon: We were really excited today because we had to write our final exams (ZP10) in maths and our exchange partners from Israel would arrive and we would start in a wonderful week. The exam was okay and then we really were happy when the Israeli students arrived save and happy. Let’s have a nice week!

Sonntag, 28.04.2019


Masada and the Dead Sea

Today the israeli school started again, so we continued our trip without them. Our first stop of the day was Masada, an old mountain palace build around 2000 years ago. We learned much about it's history and the jewish king Herodes. It was built the palace as a place to stay during the "cold" israelian winter. Later the palace was used as area of retreat by jewish rebels how fought against the roman empire. The palace was successfully sieged by the romans an the rebels committed suicide to escape slavery.
After Masada we ate in a small restorant at the beach of the dead sea.
After the meal we went swimming, It should rather be called floating, in the dead sea. It was a very weird feeling to float on the water. We also covered ourselfes in dead sea mudd an let it dry for a few minutes.
After we finished the swimming we went to Jerusalem an visited the Mount of Olives,  there are about 176.000 jewish graves, it's the biggest jewish graveyard in whole Israel.
From the mountain we had a beautiful view over the entire city. Then we went into Jerusalem to get a closer view of the beautiful buildings the city has to offer.
It took the entire evening to go through the narrow alleyways of this old city.
At the wailing wall we witnessed a religious ceremony celebreting the end of passover and calling the messias to beginn the last judgement.
Right now we are sitting together at the rooftop terrace of our hotel and let the day end comfortably.

Daniel, Janis und Amit

Samstag, 27.04.2019


Family day!

Today we had our family day. The day started at the beach with very good weather. After swimming we ate burger. In the afternoon it was the last meeting with all the people and our host families. We had the opportunity to create our own bags and to let them sign from all the exchange members.After our wonderful time in Israel we were all sad about the fact, that this was already our final day withour new friends.

Freitag, 26.04.2019


Ride, Ride along...

Day 6:

The day began with a cycle tour. We start at 9:30am and drove 20 km belong the Alexander River. We saw the water reservoir of Emek Hefer, which is constructed like the Obernautalsperre in the Siegerland ! During the cycle tour we also made a break, where everyone could eat an ice cream. This break arranged a little cooling from the very hot weather. Today we had only sun and 31 degrees. Finally we came to the beach, but first of all we went to the mall and took lunch. So everybody was happy and excited to see the beach and to enjoy swimming in the sea. At the beach we stayed for a while and then it was an open end, so that everyone could decide for themselves when they wanted to drive home. All in all everyone had a lot of fun today, whether the cycle tour was very hard. So we enjoyed a successful day in Israel

Mittwoch, 24.04.2019


Our life is stronger then we know

„Our life is stronger than we know“, that was one strong sentence we got told by the contemporary witness in Beit teresin. The most remarkable thing: even during the worst times of suppression for example behind borders and cut from the whole world they did never stop seeking happiness. The children made their own monopoly and showed some Theaters with hopeful content, they even found some papers and made a Magazin. With enough food for surviving but not enough for living they lived in their own little world behind the borders. The contemporary witness has been followed and suppressed for about 8 years. She told us that this time seems to be like a dream, she cannot remember everything because all this was incredible horrible. Even today she cannot look in the eyes of Germans at her age whiteout thinking what they might have done during the rule of Hitler. But anyways she could smile by telling about this time, she survived with her sister and she got a friend for life who she met at the camp. Her work was about earning vegetables and luckily her employer has been pretty nice. She and her colleagues tried to steal as much as they can, she was three years long hungry, she told us. The employer helped them with that, the rest of the harvest went to the Germans. The women told us, that she doesn’t think that our generation is responsible for anything happened. She said, she would not like to change her life with one of us, because the pressure of the history rests on our shoulders and for us, who never experienced something like that, so that we have to deal with it and to try to understand ist even if we will never know how it really felt. It’s a part of her life and she thinks that it belongs to her. After this impressively lecture, we visited a Kibbuz. We went nearly one hour through everything interesting there and a very nice guy told us about their life in it. They have some kind of their own little world, their own kindergarten, their own Swimmingpools and even their own zoo. Most of the people we saw there seemed to be really happy and they all knew each other. The guy also told us that they cannot accept people from outside who want to get in their Kibbuz, there is just place for them and their children. All together the morning and the early afternoon was full of pain because of the lasting pressure of our past and the horrible experiences some people had to made, never forget about the died people. But there was also much fun and happiness in it because of the positive energy of the contemporary witness and the sunny Kibbuz. It was most interesting to us Germans because we rarely get the chance to talk to somebody who experienced this from the Jewish point of view and who was additionally not in a camp of concentration but behind borders in a barrack. After that we were taken to a man who talked about the water in israel. There is a big problem, but nobody is up to change anything. It was really hard to understand him, but not only the Israelian people are responsible for that problem, it’s also including the pollution of the Arabian people. He told us that if nothing changes, the situation with the water at their area will become even worse and it gets more and more expensive. Then we drove to Bat Hefer where we saw the West Bank. Our Teamer told us about the cause of the Wall which was very interesting. It was built to increase the rate of attacks against the israelians and it did really help! The rate increased, but everyone who tries to attack them gets killed so they have to think about this twice before they try to do things like that. After that we had lunch in a park. Later we went to a Handball game in Herzliya where some israelian friends we know from the handballgame on Tuesday invited us for. Their Team lost the game, but it was very interesting. In the evening we came back very late so that most of us went to bed without meeting somebody in the evening. All in all it was a very exciting day! Von lilian, lisanne und niv

Dienstag, 23.04.2019


Fair play, not only on the court

Day 3, Tuesday

In the morning we drove to Herzelia and played against the handball team from there. Then we went to Tel Aviv and ate in a restaurant. After that we went through the city and one of the biggest markets. In evening we met all together.

Felix, Justus and Iaron

Montag, 22.04.2019


Farming all year long

Day 2:

In the morning we drove to a garden with many trees from different countries. After this we played Handball at the school of our hosts and ate falaffel. Then we got to know something about the famers work in israel and picked some fresh strawberries. In the evening we had a picknick at the park prepared by our host families.

Sonntag, 21.04.2019


Let's go to meet our friends again

Day 1, Sunday:  Our First Day

We had to get up at 7 o‘clock That shocked me a bit. We arrived at the Bus and drove to the airport a little slow. Whilethe plain launched in the air, we hoped the teamers will be fair and it will be a good time. We landed in Tel Aviv by daylight.  But the others weren‘t in sight. Their bus broke down on the way. Finally they arrived and it was a big welcome.

Fabio, Niclas and Amit

Mittwoch, 10.04.2019

GMS Israel 2019

Saying “goodbye” but “see you soon”

This morning at 10:00 we met at school for one last time. After thanking for the great time and saying goodbye to our host families we also had to say “see you soon” to each other. In our last meeting we talked about the week, what we liked, what we were afraid of before meeting, what we learned and our conclusions.

We all had a great time with a lot of fun and found new friends in this very special week. For some of us it maybe was one of the best weeks in life. It was a great experience for all of us. It was a special atmosphere between crying a lot, laughing much more, singing, having fun and very touching statements.

We miss each other so much. As we had to leave and got separated at the airport tears were running like waterfalls. But we are all closed in our hearts.

We are all really looking forward seeing again in Germany in round about six weeks.


(Paula & Shira)

Dienstag, 09.04.2019

GMS Israel 2019

Last-day - election-day - beach-day

The real last full day in Israel was again a free day because it was the election day. So there was no school and we had a day in the families.

Most of us went to the beach again and met there. It was a really hot day with over 30°C so many of us swam in the sea during enjoying the sun. It was so much fun.

In the evening we met at Shahar’s house and ordered very delicious pizza to celebrate our last evening in Israel.

(Lisa & Adi and Miriam & Reut)

Montag, 08.04.2019


Seahorses, Turtles and fun in the sea & Colorful afternoon

This morning we stayed at school. Maybe that sounds boring, but it wasn’t!

First we went to the beach and surfed on big boards for 12 people. Everyone had a lot of fun. We did a race and tried to get the others off the board into the water. Later nearly all of us landed in the water. That was great fun!

After having a shower we went to the centre for marine studies and agriculture. It is right next to the school for water sports. We learned a lot about sustainability in the oceans and about the reproduction of  clownfishes (Nemos) and seahorses.

There also is a turtle rescue station.

(Luisa & Shahar)

In the afternoon Yuval (one of the Israeli exchange students) showed some juggling and taught us how to do it. We practised very hard and had a lot of fun and many curios situations. We also played some sport games on the schoolyard.

After lunch we created and painted a “flag” for the boat, which the exchange students two years ago colored. We decided to combine the flag of Germany and Israel and put a new sign in the middle which represents the two schools (a boat for Israel and a tree as its sail for Germany).

(Sevval & Mia)


Sonntag, 07.04.2019


Trip to Jerusalem & Sports- and healthweek at Ramot Yam Highschool

Everyone, buckle your seatbelts and call you Sally! Todays day report comes from July Eastside, also known as Julian Lasota and Lavi Bashan. Today we went to Jerusalem. It was very special.

At first we went to a vantage point from where we had a fantastic view over the whole city of Jerusalem and the area of the ancient city, where a lot of important things happened which made Jerusalem become a holy place for the three big religions. The Jews, the Christians and the Muslims have their roots in Jerusalem. We talked about Abraham who is an important person for all of us and about Jesus and Mohammed.

After that our group went to the ancient city were we continued the tour with our guide Daniel. The highlight today was the western wall (Klagemauer) and the big old market called Yehuda Market were we also ate lunch.

(Julian & Lavi)

After our trip to Jerusalem we joined the programm of the sports- and healthweek at school. Every student and the parents of grade 9 could choose two out of nine sports.

I (Karolina) did workouts and running along the beach. I (Yuval) played volleyball and dodgeball.

After these activities there was a buffet with healthy drinks and food. We ate bread and a lot of yoghurts while we drank water.

It is a great project and we had much fun.

(Karolina & Yuval)


Samstag, 06.04.2019


Shabbat on the beach

Today was a free day in the families. We all met on the beach and had a great time together. Unfortunately it was cloudy but it was fun anyway.

We played volleyball and other team sports. Nearly every German student has sunburn.

In the evening all students and the teachers went out for bowling and having fun.

It was really a nice and funny Shabbat.

(Linda & Lia)

Freitag, 05.04.2019


Israeli Food is the best food ;-)

On Friday we went to Tel Aviv. It is a wonderful city.

We ate a lot of very very good food there.The German students tried “frozen yoghurt” and valued it as the best one they ever had.

For lunch we had burgers at SoSo. The best burgers of the world because the meat was very delicious and even the cheese was creamy and tasty.

In the evening we all went to Adis house. There we had a dinner called “cabalat Shabbat”. We celebrated and welcomed the Shabbat. We sat around one big table in the garden and one of the boys read from the bible. We drank wine, which was juice ;-) and ate special bread with salt. It reminds on the Christian “Abendmahl”. After this ritual we had dinner with a lot of different things the students brought with. There was chicken, meatballs, potatoes, rice, couscous, salads, hummus, and so on. For dessert we had several types of cakes and Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. It was fantastic. So you see: nobody will starve :-)

(Antonia & Amit)

Donnerstag, 04.04.2019


Beit Terezin – Place of getting to know each other

In the morning we went to Kibbutz “Maabarot”. After getting to know what a Kibbutz is and how it was developed we met a very special person named “Jacob”, listened to his impressive testimonial and had a very interesting conversation about his life.

Later we went to a Museum and Place of Recollection called “Beit Terezin” in the Kibbutz “Givat Haim” where we collected fascinating experiences. We learned a lot of things about the Ghetto Theresienstadt/Terezin and living there especially as a child.

The best thing of all was that we made groups, which was good for all of us to get to know each other better. As we worked together, we now don’t just know our partners. We all understand each other. To have a good time and to spend a nice week together the most important thing is to know and understand each other and have fun.

(Egzon & Yoav)

Mittwoch, 03.04.2019


Arriving in Tel Aviv

Jakob’s (German) perspective:

After a long day of travelling by bus (Burbach – Frankfurt) an by plane (Frankfurt-Vienna-Tel Aviv) we arrived. We were all really tired but also excited. After we went through the security we saw the Israeli students with big smiles and excitement on the faces. As soon we noticed each other the girls ran towards each other and started kissing while the boys just shook hands. After that great welcoming we went to the bus. There we got nice welcoming gifts with typical Israeli sweets. We listened to music and the atmosphere was pleasant lively. After arriving at the Ramot Yam School we all went to our host families.

Zuriel’s (Israeli) perspective:

In the evening we waited about three hours for the Germans to arrive. We were bored but also very excited. We all were very happy to see them coming in one piece :D

Even though we were tired the girls ran to the Germans and shouted an clapped hands. The boys just walked and said “hello”. Driving home in the bus we gave them some welcoming gifts and they enjoyed the sweets. Back at school we all wend home with a guest at our side :-)

Donnerstag, 21.03.2019

KJR Maßnahme

Preparatory weekend for the upcoming exchange !

Hi! We are Laura and Lisa and we participate in the KJR Israel exchange. To prepare for this exchange we have some meetings. The first one was in February, on the sixteenth and seventeenth  in Wemlighausen. For going there, we met at the train station in Kreuztal and went there by bus. After the one hour journey, we first had some time in our rooms. Then, we met to play some games to get to know each other. Some of them were really funny J. Afterwards we had lunch, which was really tasty and then we had some time to do what we wanted. That was something we had very often so we also did stuff with others and got to know them. In the afternoon, we talked about Israel and learned new things, because we did a research, the teamers told us a lot and we did a quiz at the end. Before we watched the movie “ The boy in the striped pyjamas” , about national socialism, we had dinner. Later, some of us still sat together, sang and played Truth or Dare. The next morning, we first had breakfast after we got ready. In the following we had to create some videos for presenting our group to our exchange partners. Most of us really liked this task, because one could be creative. After lunch, we had a big break for using all the free time possibilities offered there, like billiards, table tennis and dart. Then, we did something, which was a great surprise, a lama trip. That was a really good ending for our weekend. At the end, we met again and told the teamers what we liked and disliked. Then, we just turned home again, looking forward to the next meeting and being anxious to the exchange. Thanks a lot to the teamers for such a great weekend!


Dienstag, 12.03.2019

GMS Burbach 19

Looking forward....

Hello Guys, 

We are happy to see you and make activities with you.

We are curious to meet you and your family and to see your wonderful country.

In school we learnt a lot about Israel, like the culture, food and sightseeings.

We are nervous to meet you and your family but we are glad to make this exchange with you.

See you soon!

Luisa and Sevval 


Montag, 11.03.2019

Interspace 19-20


Die Israelisch - Deutsche Jugendperformancebegegnung vom 11.-18.10.2019

Interspace, was soll das denn sein? Jugendperformancebegegnung, was ist damit gemeint?

Hier kommen die Antwoten: Interspace ist eine neue Jugendbegegnungsmaßnahme, die nun an den Start geht. Oder besser gesagt, ins Rampenlicht tritt, denn es wird kreativ und künstlerisch. Israelische Jugendliche aus Emek Hefer und deutsche Jugendliche aus dem Kreis Siegen Wittgenstein, die Interesse und Spaß an Theater, Tanz und Musik haben, werden Teil des Interspace, lassen es entstehen und für ein Publikum auf verschiedenen Bühnen sichtbar werden. Der erste Teil des Entstehungsprozesses wird im Oktober mit der Hinbegegnung hier im Kreis starten. Hier wird gemeinsam mit fachlich und pädagogisch ausgebildeten Workshopleitern aus den Sparten Musik/Tanz/Theater eine Performance erarbeitet. Bis zur Rückbegegnung in Israel wird im digitalen Austausch miteinander weiter inszeniert und geprobt. In den Osterferien 2020, bei der Rückbegegnung in Israel, wird das Projekt gemeinsam auf die Bühne gebracht. 

Wir alle sind gespannt auf Interspace, eine Maßnahme die Raum bietet, Räume zu schaffen, zu eröffnen und mit Kreativität zu füllen.

Wer jetzt so richtig neugierig geworden ist darf sich in unserem Downloadbereich gerne den Flyer und die Anmeldeunterlagen herunterladen ! Anmeldefrist ist der 01. Mai 2019, falls die Plätze nicht schon vorher belegt sind. 


Sonntag, 03.03.2019

Auf Wiedersehen Israel !

Viel zu schnell ist er gekommen, der Tag der Abreise. Wir waren nur fünf Tage in Emek Hefen, aber die waren so voll von Eindrücken, das sie sich nach viel mehr anfühlten.

Zuerst ging es heute für Barbara und Hans-Dieter um das geplante Kooperationsprojekt „Interspace“. Israelische und deutsche Jugendliche werden unter dem Motto "Interspace" in den nächsten zwei Jahren gemeinsam ein Musik- Theater und Tanzprojekt erarbeiten und es dann in beiden Ländern auf die Bühne bringen. Es trafen sich mehrere Verantwortliche eines Gymnasiums, um das Projekt und die Durchführung vorzustellen. Dabei zeigte sich ein großes Interesse und die Bereitschaft daran mitzuwirken. Im Oktober wird dann eine Gruppe von 18 israelischen Jugendlichen in den Kreis Siegen kommen, deutsche Jugendlichen kennenlernen und mit ihnen gemeinsame Ideen entwickeln. Während diesem produktiven Treffen besuchte der Rest der Gruppe einen botanischen Garten in Emek Hefer. Neben Bäumen aus aller Welt konnte man hier eine Vielzahl an essbaren Blüten bestaunen.
Anschließend erzählte uns Shelly in einer Wasseraufbereitungslage einiges über die komplexen Probleme, die die landwirtschaftliche Bewirtschaftung in einer, eher von Wassermangel geprägten Region, mit sich bringt. Ein zentraler Satz von ihr war: „Was nützt es Land zu besitzen, wenn man nicht in der Lage ist, es nachhaltig zu erhalten und weiterzuentwickeln?" Neben der Wasserbewirtschaftung wird in den letzten Jahren auch immer mehr Wert auf Recycling und alternative Energieerzeugung gelegt.
Danach stärkten wir uns noch ein letztes Mal mit leckeren Falaffeln, um dann nachmittags wieder den Heimflug anzutreten.
Fünf Tage „Israel für Anfänger“, war ein höchst spannendes Erlebnis für uns, und die vielen neuen EIndrücke werden uns noch länger beschäftigen.

Samstag, 02.03.2019

Fachkräfte Israel 2019

Noch ein Tooooor und auf den Spuren der Römer

Einmal Teilen bitte! Fußball! Auch heute hat uns der Regen in Israel nicht verschont. Doch dies hat Christian und mir nichts ausgemacht, da wir von einem Fußballplatz zum nächsten gewechselt sind. Den heutigen Tag widmeten wir dem Grund, weshalb wir eigentlich beide hier sind: Dem Fußball Austausch zwischen Maccabi Bat Hefer und dem SV Fortuna Freudenberg.  Der Tag begann deshalb mit einem Fußballspiel der Mannschaft, die diesen Sommer zu uns nach Siegen kommen wird. Wir durften das Spiel von der Tribüne aus beobachten und gerieten somit zwischen die Eltern. Sie haben ihre Mannschaft so kräftig unterstützt und angefeuert, sodass wir nun selber so gut wie alle Spieler beim Namen nennen können. Trotz der tatkräftigen Unterstützung haben sie leider das Spiel verloren. Danach musste erstmal eine Stärkung her und die gab es in einem sehr leckeren Burgerladen. Dort trafen wir auf den Fußballpräsidenten, der die Mannschaft auch mit nach Siegen begleiten wird. Das zweite Fußballspiel fand in Nazareth statt und verlief erfolgreicher als das von heute Morgen. Und der Rest! Als Kontrastprogramm zum Israel-Geschichts-Crashkurs der vorangegangenen Tage, der sich vorrangig mit der Entwicklung der Religionen befasste, wurden am heutigen Sabbath die Überreste der römischen Stadt Caesarea besucht. Im Gegensatz zu den in Deutschland bekannten Überresten nördlicher römischer Städte, wie Trier, Köln und Xanten, stand hier nicht die Bedeutung des Limes im Vordergrund, sondern maßgeblich der Handel mit anderen römischen Metropolen. Dieser wurde hier durch einen, nicht nur für die Jahre um Christi Geburt, Hafens immensen Ausmaßes ermöglicht. Er lieferte die Grundlage für eine in vielerlei Hinsicht sehr weit fortgeschrittenen Zivilisation, welche ihrer Zeit deutlich voraus war. Aber auch in der Gegenwart spielt Caesarea eine bedeutende Rolle in der Geschichte Israels, da dort in der näheren Umgebung sowohl das mit Abstand reichste Kibbutz, als auch das ärmste arabische Dorf Tür an Tür angesiedelt sind. Mit ein wenig Wehmut an den Gedanken des morgigen Abschieds geht ein weiterer äußerst ereignisreicher Tag zu Ende.

Freitag, 01.03.2019

Fachkräfte Israel 19

Das Sprechen sollten wir nie verlernen

Ein neuer Tag in Israel beginnt. Unser erster Tagespunkt auf der Liste ist heute ein Kibbuz, auf dessen Land eineGedenkstätte zu Theresienstadt erbaut hat. Diese wurde von verschiedenen Überlebenden aus ganz Israel gegründet, um einen Ort des Wiedersehens zu schaffen. Hier haben wir ein Gespräch mit Dita Kraus, sie hat Theresienstadt und Auschwitz überlebt. Zu dem Gespräch stößt der stellvertretende Bürgermeister Jens Kamith mit seiner Lebensgefährtin zu uns. Dita erzählt uns ihre Geschichte aus ihren Erinnerungen, in ihren Augen kann man sehen, wie sie alles Bildlich vor sich sieht. Wir können ihr Fragen stellen. Die Geschichten die Dita uns erzählt, sind für uns sehr BEWEGEND, denn trotz der Vorbereitung und verschiedenen Veranschtaltungen im Vorfeld auf die Reise und in der Vorbereitung auf unsere Begegnungen dieses Jahr sind die persönlichen Geschichten der Menschen doch immer etwas Bewegendes und meist auch Neues, was man noch nicht wusste. Daher gibt es als nächstes erst einamal Mittagessen, welches wir gemeinsam mit den Bewohnern des Kibbuz im Speisesaal zu uns nehmen. Hier stößt auch einer der Bewohner des Kibbuz zu uns, der uns nach dem Mittagessen herumfürt und uns etwas über das Leben im Kibbuz erzählen möchte. Er zeigt uns die verschiedenen Bereiche des Kibbuz, wie die Kinderhäuser, die eigenen Kühe oder das Schwimmbad. Außerdem erzählt er uns einiges über das allgemeine Leben im Kibbuz und über sein Leben, welches er nicht immer in Israel verbrachte, denn er ist erst im Alter von 14 Jahren alleine aus Argentinien nach Israel gekommen. Es erstaunt uns immer wieder, wie offen und voller freude und die Menschen empfangen und persönliche Geschichten erzählen. Nach dieser Führung geht es für uns weiter an den Strand bei Kfar Vitkin. Hier machen wir einen gemütlichen Spaziergang und genießen das deutlich bessere Wetter mit etwas Sonnenschein. Als letztes für diesen Tag geht es Abends zu einer der Gastfamilien, wo wir gemeinsam Kabbalat Shabbat halten. Gemeinsam lassen wir also bei Essen und Gemeinschaft diesen bewegenden Abend ausklingen. Ganz auf israelische Art und Weise mit Gesang, Lachen und sehr vielem guten Essen

Donnerstag, 28.02.2019

Fachkräfte Israel 19

Herzliche Begegnung im Dauerregen

Zugegeben - wir wollten bis zuletzt nicht glauben, dass auch Israel ab und an Siegerländer zu bieten hat. Erst als der Airbus A321 auf der patschnassen Rollbahn in Tel Aviv aufsetzt, war uns klar: Israel kann auch Schmuddelwetter. Aber egal. Wir - das sind Pia, Dina, Patrick, Hans-Dieter und Christian als angehende Teamer - sind gestern mit Barbara vom KJR gen Osten aufgebrochen. "Israel für Anfänger" lautet die Devise, was alles beinhaltet zwischen Kippa und Kibbuz, Hummus und Holocaust. Klingt krass - ist es auch. Zwischen den düsteren Kapiteln unserer eigenen Geschichte stehen herzliche Begegnungen auf dem Programm und das zumeist bei köstlichem Essen, das so manchen Diätplan innerhalb kürzester Zeit zunichte machen wird. Nach Tel Aviv am Anreisetag stand heute Jerusalem auf dem Plan. Mit einem Besuch in der Holocaust-Gedenkstätte Yad Vashem, des Ölbergs, im Garten Golgatha, Klagemauer und mit einer spannenden Führung durch die unterirdischen Gänge entlang der "Western Wall". Aber wie gesagt, nie ohne Regenschirm. Welcher Israel-Reisende kann das schon von sich behaupten...?

Montag, 25.02.2019

Kochen und in Erinnerungen schwelgen…

...das Motto unseres Treffens mit ehemaligen Austauschteilnehmer*innen hätte besser nicht sein können, denn beim gemeinsamen Zutaten Schnippeln und dem leckeren Duft von besonderen Gewürzen wurden schnell Erinnerungen wach an die Jugendbegegnungen mit Emek-Hefer. Unserer Einladung zu diesem ganz besonderen Koch-Event waren sieben ehemalige Teilnehmer gefolgt und so gab es am 15. Februar ein reges Treiben in der Küche der „Alten Linde“ in Wilnsdorf. Natürlich wurde israelisch gekocht und genossen. Beim Essen wurde viel erzählt, anschließend wurden alte Fotos angeschaut und über eigene Erfahrungen und Erlebnisse berichtet. Einige der Teilnehmer*innen waren auch nach ihrem Austausch noch einmal in Israel, andere stehen immer noch in Kontakt zu ihren ehemaligen Austauschfamilien. Es war eine tolle Zeit, da waren sich alle einig. Das „Kochevent“ fand zum ersten Mal statt, machte aber Appetit auf mehr. Und so lautete das Fazit bei allen: Das sollte man wiederholen!

Und bis dahin kommen hier noch ein paar Rezepte, die uns wirklich gut gelungen sind:



360 g Wasser

240 g Milch

40 g frische Hefe

2 Tl. Zucker

840 g Mehl

4 TL Salz

40 g Olivenöl

Sesam, Kümmel o. Meersalz zum bestreuen

Lauwarmes Wasser, warme Milch, Hefe und Zucker verrühren und kurz gehen lassen. Mehl hinzufügen und alles zu einem Teig verkneten. Diesen Teig 10 Minuten gehen lassen. Salz und Olivenöl zugeben und lange kneten, anschließend weitere 30 Minuten gehen lassen.

Teig in 16 Stücke teilen und zu Kugeln formen, diese noch einmal 10 Minuten gehen lassen. Backofen auf 250°C vorheizen. Kugeln mit geölten Händen zu Fladen drücken, auf dem Backblech verteilen und ca. 6-8 Minuten backen.



450 g Kichererbsen aus der Dose

200 g Wasser

100 g Tahina

40 g Zitronensaft

10 g Olivenöl

½ Tl Salz

2 Knoblauchzehen

1/“ Tl Kreuzkümmel

Kichererbsen, Wasser, Tahina, Zitronensaft, Olivenöl, Salz Knoblauch pürieren und mit Zitronensaft, Salz und Kreuzkümmel abschmecken

Gegrilltes Huhn mit Mandeln


6 Knoblauchzehen

5 Bio-Zitronen

3 EL Thymianblätter

12 El Olivenöl

1 kg ausgelöste Hähnchenbrust

170 g ungehäutete Mandeln

1 El Honig

3 rote Paprika

20 g Minzblätter

Salz und Pfeffer

In einer Schüssel den zerdrückten Knoblauch mit 2 Tl abgeriebener Zitronenschale, 50 ml Zitronensaft, Honig, 1½ Tl Salz, und reichlich Pfeffer verrühren. Das in Stücke geschnittene Huhn darin über Nacht, mindestens aber für zwei Stunden marinieren.

2 El Öl erhitzen und Mandeln darin unter ständigem Rühren rösten, anschließend grob hacken. 1Tl Zitronenschale restlichen Zitronensaft, Honig ½ Tl Salz, Pfeffer und 3 EL Öl hinzufügen und verrühren

Backofen auf 220°C (Umluft) vorheizen

Paprikaschoten vierteln mit 1 TL Öl beträufeln und mit Salz bestreuen, anschließend 10 Min grillen (alternativ anbraten)

Fleisch scharf anbraten, mit der Paprika in eine ofenfeste Form füllen und zehn Minuten in den Backofen schieben, anschließend 10 Minuten ruhen lassen.

Marinade mit den Mandeln kurz aufkochen, gehackte Minze zufügen und zum Fleisch dazureichen.

Donnerstag, 31.01.2019

Abschiedsbesuch des Landrats Ran Idan aus Emek Hefer

Nachdem der Landrat unseres Partnerkreises Emek Hefer am Mittwoch den 23.01.2019 bereits offiziell von Landrat Andreas Müller verabschiedet worden war, durfte der KJR sich zusammen mit der CJZ am letzten Wochenende über den Abschiedsbesuch des langjährigen Landrats Ran Idan aus Emek Hefer freuen.  Mit einem gemeinsamen Programm, das von der Besichtigung der Krombacher Brauerei bis zu einem Konzertbesuch im Apollo reichte, erhielten wir die Gelegenheit uns zu bedanken für langjährige gute Zusammenarbeit und Abschied zu nehmen. Landrat Ran Idan versicherte uns, unsere Arbeit weiterhin zu unterstützen und so wurde klar, dass es zwar ein Abschied von einem Landrat, keineswegs aber von dem Freund Ran Idan sein würde.

Der Sonntag stand im Zeichen des Gedenkens an den 74ten Jahrestag der Befreiung des Konzentrationslagers Auschwitz. Gemeinsam mit dem Landrat Ran Idan, Yonat Idan und Yoni Scherzer nahmen wir Teil an einer Gedenkfeier im aktiven Museum in Siegen und einem Erinnern in der Stadt Kreuztal.

Noch einmal bedanken wir uns hier für die gute Zusammenarbeit und freuen uns bald die neue Landrätin Galid Shaul willkommen heißen zu können.

Freitag, 09.11.2018

Projekt Reichspogromnacht

Gemeinsames Gedenken an die Reichspogromnacht vor 80 Jahren

„Wir reichen uns die Hand in Frieden und Freundschaft, in der Hoffnung, dass unsere Kinder und Kindeskinder das bewahren werden“ (Yoni Scherzer am 09.11.2018)

Tamir, Gal und Noa, drei SchülerInnen der Schule Ramot Jam in Emek/Hefer in Israel, die in den Jahren 2017/18 an der Jugendbegegnung mit der GMS Burbach teilgenommen haben, waren erneut mit ihrem Lehrer Yuval und Mitgliedern des israelischen Austauschkomitees zu Gast im Kreis Siegen-Wittgenstein. Vom 7.- 10 November standen Begegnungen mit Jugendlichen aus den Städten Kreuztal und Hilchenbach auf dem Programm. Die KJR Begegnung 2019/2020, mit dem Kooperationspartner evangelische Kirchengemeinde Krombach steht bevor und wer könnte da interessierten Jugendlichen besser ihre Fragen beantworten, als Jugendliche des Partnerkreises.

Im Mittelpunkt des dreitägigen Besuchs stand aber das gemeinsame Gedenken. Und so trugen die israelischen Jugendlichen gemeinsam mit Schülern der GMS Burbach, bei der zentralen Gedenkfeier in Siegen, Gedichte auf Hebräisch und Deutsch vor und legten auf dem Platz der Synagoge einen Kranz zum Gedenken an die Opfer nieder. 




Montag, 22.10.2018


Teamerarbeit als Teamarbeit mit Mehrwert

26.09 -03.10. 2018 Fachkräftemaßnahme des KJR in Emek/Hefer:

Nach Israel reisen ist immer ein tolles Erlebnis, auch wenn es sich um eine Arbeitsreise handelt.

Hart gearbeitet wurde dort auch, von den neun Teamer*innen aus den unterschiedlichen Austauschprogrammen des KJR und den sieben israelischen Teamer*innen, die gleichzeitig tolle Gastgeber waren.

Teamarbeit unter Teamer*innen, heißt Konzepte zu erarbeiten und zu diskutieren um die Qualität des Austauschs hochzuhalten, die Transparenz zu erhöhen und die Zusammenarbeit zwischen den Teams beständig weiter zu entwickeln.  So wurde in toller Umgebung nachgedacht, bis die Köpfe rauchten, unter anderem auch über ein Schwerpunktthema für die kommenden Maßnahmen. Zentraler Gedanke wird sein, den Jugendlichen zu vermitteln, dass die Vergangenheit ein Teil ihrer eigenen Identität ist und sie wiederum Teil der Zukunft sind.

Donnerstag, 30.08.2018


Anpfiff: Die Fußball-Jugendbegegung startet in die erste Halbzeit!

Am 05.09.2018 startet die neue Fußball-Jugendbegegnung mit einem Infotreffen.

Dank einer Kooperation zwischen dem SV Fortuna Freudenberg-Büschergrund und dem Kreisjugendring rollt bei einer neuen Jugendbegegnungsmaßnahme in Zukunft der Ball. Die Hinbegegegnung findet im Frühsommer 2019 statt: 22 Fußballspieler*innen aus Emek Hefer in Israel freuen sich schon auf ihren Besuch im Kreis Siegen-Wittgenstein.

Die Vorfreude auf eine spannende Begegnung, auf und abseits des Platzes, darf beginnen!

Donnerstag, 19.07.2018


Mehr als 1000 Worte !

KJR -Begegnung 2018

Shalom und Hallo,

heute möchten wir mit Euch nochmal den youtube - Link zu unseren Film über den Jugendaustausch teilen, denn manchmal sagen Bilder mehr als 1000 Worte.

Und wenn Ihr jetzt richtig Lust auf unseren Austausch habt...bald versorgen wir Euch hier mit den Informationen über das kommende Programm!

Mittwoch, 11.07.2018

RSVE Siegen

Farewell and see you soon !

Abschiedsparty im Zelt

Farewell and see you soon !

Time flies when you are having fun! One week exchange time passed very quickly and we grew together to an awesome team. And sooner than expected it was time to say goodbey. So we spent our last evening in the „CVJM Bildungsstätte“ in Wilgersdorf. Our Farewellparty took place in a large tent and although it was raining cats and dogs outside, the mood was really on top. Everybody who was involved in the  handball youth exchange, host families, teamer etc. took part and enjoyed the BBQ and the nice buffet. During the last week the german exchange members learned a song from the israeli group and we enjoyed the feeling of solidarity while presenting it together.

Now it´s time for a summary: It was a very intensive but also too short time here in Germany. We can´t wait to meet as a team in israel again !


Sonntag, 08.07.2018

RSVE Siegen

Sporting time

Israeli team - TuS Ferndorf

Sunday, 8 July –  Sporting time !

After the first half of our handball youth exchange is already over, the whole Sunday meant to be handball time. We all took part in a handball tournament at Rundturnhalle Niederschelden.

The israeli boys set up a separat team, while the girls joint the RSV girls team. Besides a lot of fun we really had the chance to experience and to strengthen our new fellowship by sharing our hobby.

Donnerstag, 05.07.2018

RSVE Siegen

Welcome to Germany


A few impressions of the first day:

  • - it was funny, because we all laugh
  • - it was exciting, because we didn't know each other
  • - we found new friends
  • - we had a lot of fun
  • - meeting at the airport was exciting
  • - we played games to know much more about each other
  • - the flight was funny



Dienstag, 03.07.2018

KJR Begegnung


Erinnerungen austauschen !

Nachtreffen der internationalen Kreisjugendring-Begegnung

Zwei Jahre Begegnung sind vorüber und wir - die deutsche Gruppe, die im Frühjahr zur Rückbegegnung in Israel war -  haben uns noch einmal getroffen. Beim gemütlichen Grillen im KOT Dreistiefenbach gab es viel zu erzählen: Wie es uns seit unserem letzten Treffen ergangen ist, was unsere israelischen Freunde so treiben, wie unsere Pläne für den kommenden Sommer aussehen und ein Rückblick auf eine spannende Austauschzeit, in der viele Freundschaften entstanden sind und wir viele Eindrücke und Erfahrungen sammeln konnten. Die Fotos, die wir bei unserem Nachtreffen ausgetauscht und angeschaut haben, ließen die Erinnerungen wieder ganz lebendig werden und so gab es jede Menge zu erzählen. “Weißt Du noch… ?“

„Auf Reisen gleichen wir einem Film, der belichtet wird. Entwickeln wird ihn die Erinnerung.“ (Max Frisch)




Montag, 02.07.2018


Willkommen und Shalom


Hallo und Shalom !

Schön das Ihr auf unserem Blog gelandet seid. Wir möchten Euch hier immer auf dem Laufenden halten über unsere Jugendbegegnungen mit unserem Partnerkreis Emek/Hefer.  Und natürlich wollen nicht nur wir, das Team der Israelarbeit hier bloggen, sondern hier sollen die Teilnehmer zu Wort kommen und Euch mit Infos und Geschichten - sozusagen live – über die Begegnungen versorgen.  Und zwischendurch melden wir uns dann mal wieder, mit Spannendem, Wissenswertem oder Unterhaltsamen rund um Israel. Und weil Liebe ja bekanntlich durch den Magen geht, werden wir zum Auftakt mal ein bisschen “foodbloggen“. Hier unsere Empfehlung für den nächsten Hunger zwischendurch:



Für 4 Portionen

  • 1.2 kg Tomaten
  • Salz
  • 160 g Zwiebeln
  • 2 Knoblauchzehen
  • 1 rote Paprikaschote, (200 g)
  • 1 Tl Kreuzkümmelsaat
  • 1 Tl Koriandersaat, (grob zerstoßen)
  • 2 Kardamomkapseln
  • 1 Zimtstange, (ca. 5 cm)
  • 1 getrocknete Chilischote
  • 5 El Olivenöl
  • 1 El Paprikamark, (ersatzweise Tomatenmark)
  • 1 Tl edelsüßes Paprikapulver
  • brauner Zucker
  • 4 Eier , (Kl. M)
  • 1 Frühlingszwiebel
  • 3 Stiele glatte Petersilie
  • 0.5 Tl Schwarzkümmelsaat


  • Tomaten einritzen und 1 Minute in kochendem Salzwasser blanchieren, abschrecken und die Haut abziehen und anschließend klein schneiden.
  • Zwiebeln und Knoblauch fein würfeln. Paprika putzen, vierteln, entkernen und fein würfeln. Kreuzkümmel, Koriander, Kardamom, Zimt und Chili in einer großen Pfanne ohne Fett rösten, bis die Gewürze zu duften beginnen, und auf einen Teller geben. 3 El Öl in einer Pfanne erhitzen, Zwiebeln und Knoblauch darin glasig dünsten. Paprika zugeben und 5 Minuten weich dünsten, Paprikamark zugeben und kurz mitrösten. Tomaten, Gewürze und Paprikapulver zugeben. Mit Salz und 1-2 Tl Zucker abschmecken, bei mittlerer Hitze 30-40 Minuten zu einer dicken Sauce einkochen und eventuell erneut abschmecken.
  • 4 Mulden in die Tomatensauce drücken. Eier einzeln aufschlagen und je 1 in die Mulden geben. Eiweiß jeweils vorsichtig in die Sauce rühren, dabei aufpassen, dass das Eigelb nicht verletzt wird. Die Eier in 10-15 Minuten bei mittlerer Hitze stocken lassen, Pfanne eventuell zudecken.
  • Inzwischen das weiße und hellgrüne der Frühlingszwiebel in feine Ringe schneiden. Petersilienblätter von den Stielen zupfen und fein schneiden.
  • Shakshuka mit Frühlingszwiebeln, Petersilie und Schwarzkümmelsaat bestreuen. Mit dem restlichen Olivenöl beträufelt servieren. Dazu passt Baguette oder Fladenbrot.