As a married woman, I get to see the other side of the dating world these days – that of the matchmaker – and wonder what message is being sent to my generation of bright, religiously passionate women.We usually don't take a car, the yeshiva boy says to the driver, an older Irish man with a hearty laugh and a dapper straw hat."Judaism is so diverse." Fighting anti-Semitism But with anti-Semitism on the rise across Western Europe, the chance to encourage conversation with the Jewish community has become even more important in recent months, Otto told DW.
"It's important to know how others live and not only people from your own religion." Classmate Mohamed was also keen to learn more about the Jewish way of life.
"Not only have I learnt about day-to-day life in Judaism, but I've also learnt that many things I've heard about Jews aren't actually true," the 17-year-old said.
As the participants begin to relax, Schmerling and Ott turn the tables. " Apprehensive at first, someone answers: "Educated." "Not always a bad thing," Schmerling replies.
"But certainly not true for everyone." "Money," says another, prompting a mixture of tiny gasps and uneasy laughs from the group.
Movie director Dani Levy became renowned with a comedy on Jews in present-day Germany and another one on Hitler. One NGO, along with several political groups, shed light on the problem across five German cities.