Milwaukee Jewish Federation
Pre-Trip to Berlin

Mar 29, 2024 - Apr 2, 2024

  • Who’s Going Adults Only
  • Trip Type Pre-Trip
  • Duration 5 DAYS
  • Group Size 6+
  • Price From $2,805
Program is tentative and subject to change. Connect with our Customer Care Team by calling: (888) 230-6008 Mon.-Thur. from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time (ET).

YOUR journey

J² crafts journeys of inspiration, education, and Jewish connections to Israel and worldwide. We are guided by a simple but powerful concept: No two trips are the same; each experience should be personal, meaningful, and backed by superb service. Travel is not just about the places you visit, but the connections you make along the way.

IMPORTANT Please register for the pre-trip after registering for the main-trip.

  •   Art & Culture
  •   Heritage
  •   Local Specialists
  •   Food & Wine
  •   Street Art
  •   Current Affairs

Program Itinerary

Fri. Mar 29, 2024
  • Depart the USA.
Overnight: Flight
Sat. Mar 30, 2024
  • Arrive at Berlin International Airport.
  • Transfer to Berlin's city center.
  • 6:00 p.m. On your way to dinner, introduction to Berlin with your local guide on a short evening walking tour, including:
    • The Brandenburg Gate. Originally commissioned by Friedrich Wilhelm II to represent peace, the gate was ironically incorporated into the Berlin Wall during the years of the Communist regime. It now stands as a symbol of the city's reunification.
    • The Book Burning Memorial at Bebel Square. In Berlin, culture was destroyed as well as nourished: this memorial marks where, on May 10, 1933, Nazi-supporting university students began a massive bonfire of “un-German” books.
    • View the Reichstag, the seat of the German Parliament and one of Berlin’s most significant landmarks.
  • Welcome Dinner at Kafer, on top of the Reichstag, with wonderful views overlooking the city.
Overnight: Berlin Meals: Dinner
Sun. Mar 31, 2024
  • Painting Freedom on the Wall: The years 1989-1990 were miraculous as the Berlin Wall came down, the Cold War ended, and West and East German reunified. See how artists reacted to those remarkable days at the East Side Gallery.
  • Private exclusive visit of the Boros Collection: experience Berlin’s transformation and willingness to embrace the avant-garde. Much of this collection of contemporary international art is literally and figuratively off-the-wall. The location is also out of the ordinary. Before becoming an unlikely art gallery, this “awesomely ugly” bunker was successively an air raid shelter during World War Two, a Red Army prison, an East German warehouse for fruit from Cuba, and a techno and fetish club.
  • Pass by the New Synagogue - Centrum Judaicum: This richly ornamented synagogue, which once seated 3,000 people, is an impressive example of the size, prosperity, and confidence of Berlin’s liberal Jewish community in the 19th century. We’ll learn how the synagogue was saved from destruction during the Kristallnacht pogrom and how it has once again become a center of German Jewish culture.
  • What Was Built, What Was Lost: Our walking tour of the Jewish Quarter will explore the achievements and vitality of Berlin’s Jewish community. The tour will include:
    • Judenstrasse and the Nikolaiviertel Quarter.
    • Walk along Grosse Hamburger Strasse, once the center of Berlin Jewry.
    • Pass in front of the Jewish Cemetery: From the late 17th century, this was where many of Berlin’s Jews were buried. It was bulldozed by the Gestapo in 1943. We’ll view the recently restored tombstone of Moses Mendelssohn, the great philosopher, and discuss his influence on German and Jewish life and thought.
    • Pass by the Moses Mendelssohn Jewish School.
  • Hackescher Market: In 1671, two hundred Jews fleeing persecution elsewhere in Europe were allowed to move to an area just outside Berlin’s Old City walls. We’ll see this area – which is now a hotbed of entertainment and nightlife – and discuss the evolution of Jewish life in Berlin.
  • Return to the hotel or have a break to enjoy a fresh German beer in one of Berlin's classic beerhalls, part of the fabric of the town and its history.
Overnight: Berlin Meals: Breakfast
Mon. Apr 1, 2024
  • See the Places of Remembrance, perhaps the most controversial of Holocaust memorials. Hung, seemingly randomly, on street lampposts in the Bavarian Quarter are 80 signs that highlight anti-Jewish laws and regulations established by the Nazis. These signs push passersby to contemplate the almost-forgotten history of this neighborhood, which was once home to prominent Jewish intellectuals, including Albert Einstein and Hannah Arendt.
  • Visit the Villa in Wannsee, site of the infamous "Final Solution" conference, including a private introduction to the house with staff of the Wannsee Conference Educational and Memorial Site.
  • Gleis 17 (Track 17) was the main deportation center for Berlin Jews during the Holocaust, located in the neighborhood of Grunewald. Witness the contrast between the calm atmosphere and the tragic history of the place.
  • Explore the Jewish Museum of Berlin, designed by architect Daniel Libeskind. One of the most conspicuous architectural landmarks in the city, it embodies remembrance, melancholy, and departure.
  • Visit the Holocaust Memorial, the monument dedicated to the murdered Jews of Europe. Designed by architect Peter Eisenman, this undulating field of reflection, comprised of thousands of concrete dark gray slabs forming a gentle wave, ankle-high in some places, gives visitors a sense of groundlessness and loss of orientation.
  • Dinner at Kanaan, a vegan-vegetarian restaurant co-owned by an Israeli and a Palestinian. Kanaan employs refugees from the Middle East and Africa and is a safe space for all, illustrating the modern face of Berlin today. Meet with one of the owners to hear their story.
Overnight: Berlin Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
Tue. Apr 2, 2024
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • Depart on a flight to Warsaw to continue your journey.
Overnight: Warsaw Meals: Breakfast


Cost p/p in double room
Cost p/p in single room
Significant reduction for 10 people or more. Registration open

Berlin: The Westin Grand

What to expect

  • 3 nights' accommodations.
  • 2 days of touring with a local guide, in a luxury, air-conditioned vehicle.
  • All arrival transfers at the Berlin airport.
  • Daily breakfast & 2 dinners.
  • Water on the bus.
  • Porterage at the hotels.
  • All site entrance fees & program fees as per your final program.
  • Credit card fees.
  • Flights to Berlin.
  • Flight from Berlin to Warsaw on November 2. Cost of the flight is estimated between $300 and $400 and shall be confirmed once the group size is known.
  • Gratuities: Recommend guidelines for tipping are provided in the terms section.
  • COVID related expenses, including tests.
  • Evening transportation when dinner is not included.
  • Amendments to the program: In the event that any sites, programs or meals etc. are added to the program, an additional fee may be required.
  • Personal extras: Items of personal nature such as laundry, wines, mineral water, beverages, coffee, tea, food other than the table d’hotel menu, passport and visa fees, insurance, and foreign port taxes, unless otherwise specified.
  • US and foreign airport taxes, Q fuel surcharge and border taxes when applicable.
  • Peace of Mind Travel Protection Program (POM).
  • Please review our terms & conditions (T&C’s) or request that we send you our full T&C’s. Until you do that, here is the small print, and other stuff you may want to know:
  • Validity | All prices quoted are based on exchange rates as of the proposal date and are subject to change without notice. Rates are per person and are based on shared twin room occupancy.
  • How to Make a Reservation | The quickest way to make a reservation is to register online or contact us by email. We accept VISA, MasterCard, and American Express credit cards. A $250 non-refundable deposit is required in order to complete the registration process.
  • For any assistance with this registration process or other trip-related queries, please email Customer Care: [email protected].
  • Payments | The balance of your payment is due 90 days before your trip begins, or as specified in your invoice. You will receive an email reminder 2 weeks before this date. Various payment options are available as follows:
  • Credit card | We accept Visa, Mastercard and American Express. Please check with your credit card provider regarding international processing fees. We are unable to process payments of over $1,000 over the phone. Please submit payment online via a credit card or by wiring funds via your bank.
  • Domestic bank wire transfer | Payment should be wired in the same currency that is listed on your invoice. Please add the name of your group or invoice number as a reference and forward a copy of the transfer receipt by email. The bank transfer should clearly state the beneficiary’s name on the wire transfer.
  • J² Adventures reserves the right to automatically cancel your reservation on that date and it may be subject to reconfirmation should the final payment not be received.
  • Cancelation Policy | All cancelations need to be made in writing. The cancelation fee depends on the date when we receive written notification of your request to cancel your booking. Please note that the deposit is non-refundable.
  • Cancelation fees | Cancelations made 90 or more days prior to departure incur the loss of the deposit. Cancelations made 89 to 46 days prior to departure incur the loss of 50% of the full trip cost. Cancelations made 45 days or less prior to the departure incur the loss of 100% of the full trip cost.
  • Cancelation fees may also include: Hotel or supplier cancelation fees. J² Adventures reserves the right to adjust its terms of payment, including cancelation policies and initial deposits.



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