Friends of Goethe

Friends of the Goethe-Institut in Washington, DC (FOGI)

Friends of the Goethe-Institut in Washington, DC (FOGI) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization established to promote and assist the mission of the Goethe-Institut. Through its support, FOGI enhances the activities of the Goethe-Institut in Washington, DC and promotes these activities in the region. 

Levels of Membership and Donation Amounts
 
Membership
Student $30
Individual $45
Family $75
Additional Donation  
 
Inner Circle
Frankfurt Circle $150+
Berlin Circle $500+
Weimar Circle $750+
Corporate Contributor $1,000+

Please contact us for further information (see below). You may also print out and mail in your membership application.  Friends of the Goethe-Institut in Washington, DC
812 Seventh Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001-3718
Tel: +1 (202) 289-1200
Fax: +1 (202) 289-3535
fogi@washington.goethe.org
Members of "Friends of Goethe" (FOGI) provide valuable support for the work of the Goethe-Institut Washington, enjoy a broad spectrum of cultural events and may take advantage of many other additional benefits, including:
 
  • Invitations to special Goethe-Institut events
  • Free or reduced admission to films, concerts, and lectures sponsored by Goethe-Institut and its partner organizations
  • Invitations to members-only events
  • Invitations to German-language events
10% Language Course Discount
The Goethe-Institut offers a 10% discount on language classes to all current members of Friends of the Goethe-Institut.
Email sprache@washington.goethe.org for more information.

Area Discounts

Old Europe
2434 Wisconsin Ave. NW
www.old-europe.com

15% off lunch or dinner (excluding tax and gratuity)

Since opening its doors in 1948, Old Europe Restaurant has become a true landmark in Washington D.C. The food is well prepared, beautifully presented and authentically German. Customers are greeted and served by waitresses dressed in traditional German Dirndls. Old Europe offers an extensive selection of fine German wines as well as excellent imported German beers.

Café Berlin
322 Massachusetts Ave. NE
www.cafeberlin-dc.com

10% off lunch or dinner (excluding tax and gratuity)

Café Berlin has been serving authentic German and traditional cuisine on Capitol Hill since 1985. The traditional dishes are authentically prepared with lighter touch by chefs with extensive experience in German cuisine. Its front yard serves as a patio for outdoor dining in warm weather. The interior features a small bar and two cozy dining rooms. The restaurant is located within a short walking distance of Union Station and the U.S. Capitol. 

Café Mozart
1331 H St. NW
www.cafemozartonline.com

Buy one entree, get one for 50% off

Café Mozart is a German restaurant and deli. Live piano and accordion music are highlights, along with their store selling freshly-made and imported German foods.

Weygandt Wines
3519 Connecticut Ave. NW
www.weygandtwines.com

15% off any non-sale wine

Importing since 1987, Peter Weygandt has built an international reputation for the quality of his selections and his portfolio of top “boutique” French wines. In recent years he has expanded his portfolio to include Italian, German, Austrian, Australian, and Spanish wines, with more than 100 producers in all. Peter’s imports are a near constant feature of top wine journals, and Peter himself has appeared in Time, The New York Times, Business Monthly, and Food and Wine, among others. 

Inner Circle Benefits

Members of our Inner Circle of supporters enjoy the following additional benefits: 
  • Recognition in the Goethe-Institut cultural events calendar 
  • Invitations to additional special events 
  • Weimar Circle and Corporate Members receive an invitation good for two people to a dinner with one of the eminent lecturers or artists appearing at the Goethe-Institut 
  • Weimar Circle and Corporate members receive a discount on the use our public spaces at Goethe-Institut annually for an appropriate private event
Deutsch am Mittag

During this series, participants are invited to bring their lunch and join us for a presentation and discussion in German only. After twenty minutes for lunch, a topic of interest from German culture, history, or contemporary affairs will be presented (15-20 minutes), in German, by a selected speaker. Discussion on the topic will take up the last 20 to 30 minutes of the Mittagstisch.

Deutsch am Mittag is open to all who wish to hear or speak German.

Tickets are $5. No charge for Friends of the Goethe-Institut.

Beverages and sweets are provided.

See upcoming Deutsch am Mittag topics and dates under the "Events" button.
Officers:
  • Marion Deshmukh, President 
  • John Schmitz, Vice President 
  • Willy A. Flegel, Secretary
Members:
  • Martin Dean 
  • Dieter Dettke 
  • Wilfried Eckstein 
  • William Gilcher 
  • Thomas Zielke
Board Policies
FOGI would like to thank the following Friends for their especially generous support:
  • Jean Abel and Jürgen Zilling 
  • Caroline Esche 
  • Marianne Ginsburg 
  • Bill and Myra Hillburg 
  • John Loth 
  • Christa McClure 
  • Darlene Smucny 
  • Thomas Zielke