As a European leader, Germany is a key ally in the fight against antisemitism and guides Europe’s relationship to Israel and the United States. The AJC Berlin Lawrence and Lee Ramer Institute for German-Jewish Relations is building off decades of cooperation to fight antisemitism and extremism in Germany, promote continued transatlantic cooperation, and ensure commitment to Israel’s security.
American Jewish Committee (AJC) was the first global Jewish organization after WWII to engage with the Federal Republic of Germany. It did so in the belief that the best way to fully banish the forces of fascism was to help strengthen democratic practices and values. Following the fall of the Berlin Wall, AJC again took the lead as the first Jewish organization to support German unification, believing in the spirit of reconciliation and friendship.
With this history, it opened the AJC Berlin Lawrence and Lee Ramer Institute for German-Jewish Relations in 1998, making AJC the first American Jewish advocacy organization with a permanent presence in Berlin.
Through high-level leadership exchange programs, public conferences, political advocacy, media presence, and educational material, AJC Berlin helps ensure that Europe and Germany remain a home for the Jewish people, a friend of Israel, and an indispensable ally of the United States.