A fan of German outreach program

I want to second Sue Fishkoff’s admiration for the German-based Action Reconciliation Service for Peace (“Service-learning opportunities do a world of good,” column, Feb. 15). My mother was one of the beneficiaries of this project, administered on the Lower East Side by a marvelous organization, Project Ezra.

Year after year she welcomed young German volunteers into her home. She shared precious memories of the lost world of her shtetl and taught them about the crushing oppression of Jewish life in Eastern Europe. She passed on her life story — her legacy. Both parties were enriched by the experience.

When she died at age 101, Project Ezra contacted the past volunteers and shared with me their recollections of the time they spent with her. It was a grand win-win all around and still brings tears to my eyes when I think of it.

Malka Weitman   |   Berkeley