This year, the German government wants to award a prize for initiatives that make Jewish life in Germany visible and reduce prejudice.
According to Felix Klein, the Federal commissioner for fostering Jewish life and combating antisemitism, individuals, associations or even school classes can apply for the honorary award until August 31.
It is to be awarded in two categories – once for projects by people under 27 and once without age restriction – and is reportedly endowed with 5,000 euros each.
A precondition is that the projects involve voluntary work that strengthens Jewish life, makes it visible as a natural part of society or conveys knowledge about Judaism.
The prize is awarded in cooperation with the German Foundation for Commitment and Volunteering and the Central Council of Jews in Germany.
Klein explained that he hopes that good ideas will also motivate other people to engage with Jewish life in all its diversity.
Federal Interior Minister Nancy Faeser (SPD) said that the aim was to show all the diversity that makes up Jewish life in Germany today.
“This is also an important contribution to effectively combating anti-Semitism and strengthening prevention,” Faeser said.