CSP - Roots & Rebirth
Germany Then & Now

Led by Arie Katz

Nov 10, 2024 - Nov 19, 2024

  • DESTINATION Germany
  • Who’s Going Adults Only
  • Trip Type Special Journey
  • Duration 10 DAYS
  • Group Size 25+
  • Price From $6,500
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YOUR journey

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Program Itinerary

DAY 1
ON OUR WAY
Sun. Nov 10, 2024
  • Depart the US.
Overnight: Flight
DAY 2
WELCOME TO FRANKFURT
Mon. Nov 11, 2024
  • Arrive at Frankfurt International Airport.
  • Welcome by our representative and assistance with arrival formalities.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Dinner and overview of the group journey with your J² Expert Educator, including reviewing the itinerary, group themes, and the different narratives. Share group and personal goals.
Overnight: Frankfurt Meals: Dinner
DAY 3
JEWISH LIFE IN FRANKFURT – NOW AND THEN
Tue. Nov 12, 2024
  • Introductory tour to Frankfurt, including:
    • Paulskirche – the location of Germany's very first democratically elected parliament in 1848.
    • The Roemer and the Roemerplatz, City Hall and old town square.
    • The Book Burning Memorial, site of the Nazi book burning.
    • The Stumbling Stones – a sobering way to commemorate the many victims who perished under the Nazi regime.
    • St. Bartholomew, better known as the Kaiserdom – an Imperial Church and site of the elections and coronations of the Holy Roman Emperor for centuries.
  • Continue to the recently renewed Jewish Museum, displaying more than a 900-year history of Jewish life and culture in Frankfurt, including an exhibit relating to Anne Frank in the Frank Family Center.
  • Stop next to the Jewish Ghetto Wall (Staufenmauer). Once part of the city's defensive walls, built in 1180, it later became one of the walls that surrounded the first Jewish Ghetto in Germany.
  • Walk along the Holocaust Memorial Wall, a personal memorial that the city of Frankfurt has created to honor the memory of the 12,000 Frankfurt Jewish citizens who lost their lives during the Holocaust, including Anne Frank.
  • Take a tour of Frankfurt’s Jewish Community Center, which contains a Jewish Day School, a kindergarten, a youth center, a senior citizens’ center, and a kosher restaurant. Meet with one of the local community leaders.
  • Dinner at a kosher restaurant with members of the local Jewish community.
Overnight: Frankfurt Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
DAY 4
JERUSALEM ON THE RHINE
Wed. Nov 13, 2024
  • Early departure and drive to the Shum communities of Mainz, Worms, and Speyer, the cradle of Ashkenazi Judaism, and the leading Jewish centers of Germany by the 12th century.
  • First stop in Worms. Visit the Holy Sands Jewish cemetery, the oldest one in Europe, containing 2000 tombstones that remain intact since 1076.
  • Visit the Rashi synagogue, which dates back to 1175 and is named after the famous medieval Torah commentator who spent part of his career there.
  • Group lunch, en route.
  • Drive to Speyer, home to one of the most important medieval Jewish communities north of the Alps. Here the Jewish community built a mikvah in 1120, still intact, some 30 feet under street level, which collected both groundwater and rainwater.
  • Continue to Mainz. Visit the new synagogue which was inaugurated in 2010. Meet with a member of the local Jewish community, which has been growing mainly due to an influx of immigrants from Eastern Europe.
  • Late return to Frankfurt. Evening at leisure and dinner on your own.
Overnight: Frankfurt Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
DAY 5
FROM FRANKFURT TO NUREMBERG
Thu. Nov 14, 2024
  • Check out of the hotel and drive to Nuremberg.
  • Arrive in Nuremberg and ascend to the Imperial Castle, for a great view of the city.
  • Walk through the north part of the Old Town to the Hauptmarkt (the main market square), and stop at the beautiful Gothic-style Frauenkirche, or Church of Our Lady.
  • Visit the former Nazi Party Rally Grounds (Reichsparteitagsgelände). Intended as an impressive backdrop for the Nazi party rallies and staged to demonstrate their power, the remains of the buildings are a vivid testimony to the megalomania of the National Socialist regime.
  • Proceed to the Documentation Center in the north wing of the Congress Hall of the Reich Party Rally Grounds, including the permanent exhibition "Fascination and Terror," which looks at the causes, the context, and the consequences of the national socialist reign of terror.
  • Conclude the day at Courtroom 600 in the Palace of Justice, where the Nuremberg Trials of Nazi war criminals took place.
  • Check into the hotel, followed by dinner on own and evening at leisure.
Overnight: Nuremberg Meals: Breakfast
DAY 6
ONTO BERLIN
Fri. Nov 15, 2024
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • 8:30 a.m. Depart Nuremberg on a high-speed train to Berlin.
  • 12:00 p.m. Arrive in Berlin.
  • Lunch at Kafer restaurant, on the top of the Bundestag building.
  • Introductory tour of Berlin including stops at:
    • The Brandenburg Gate, Berlin's best-known landmark, now stands as a symbol of the city's reunification.
    • The Bundestag: Explore Germany’s traumatic political past and prosperous present as we stop at the German Federal Parliament.
    • The Monument to the Murdered Jews of Europe. Designed by architect Peter Eisenman, this undulating field of reflection with thousands of concrete dark gray slabs forms a gentle wave, ankle-high in some places, designed to give visitors a sense of groundlessness and loss of orientation.
  • Check into the hotel and prepare for Shabbat.
  • 6:00 p.m. Shabbat service at Oranienburgerstrasse Synagogue, followed by Shabbat dinner with Rabbi Ederberg and her community.
  • Transfer back to the hotel.
Overnight: Berlin Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner
DAY 7
SHABBAT IN BERLIN
Sat. Nov 16, 2024
  • Depart the hotel and walk to the district of Berlin Mitte. On the way, walk along Unter der Linden and pass by the famous Humboldt University, the Book Burning Memorial at Bebel Square, Museum Island, and the Berliner Dome.
  • Kosher Shabbat lunch at Hummus & Friends.
  • Tour the Jewish Quarter including stops at the following sites:
    • Hackescher Market.
    • We’ll stop outside the home of Rabbi Regina Jonas, the first woman to be ordained as a rabbi.
    • We’ll also visit two important reminders of German resistance to the Holocaust. The Museum of Otto Weidt’s Workshop for the Blind honors the man who risked his life during World War Two to hide and protect Jewish workers in his broom and brush workshop. The Rosenstrasse Sculpture commemorates the successful 1943 protests against Nazi plans to deport the last remaining Jews from Berlin, led by non-Jewish women seeking to protect their Jewish spouses from persecution.
  • Walk back to the hotel.
  • Ben Kodesh Lechol: Participate in a havdalah ceremony.
  • Evening at leisure and dinner on own.
Overnight: Berlin Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
DAY 8
A PASSAGE THROUGH TIME
Sun. Nov 17, 2024
  • Where to Next for Progressive Judaism in Its Birthplace? Talk at the Pestalozzistrasse Synagogue with Rabbi Jonah Sievers, a Reform Rabbi in Berlin and a board member of the Rabbinical Conference of Germany, about Jewish life in Germany today.
  • 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.
  • Lunch at a restaurant.
  • 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.
  • Continue to Gleis 17 (Track 17), the main deportation center for Berlin Jews during the Holocaust, located in the neighborhood of Grunewald.
  • Being Young, Jewish, and German: Dialogue with Rebecca Blady, the Executive Director, and Jeremy Borovitz, the Senior Jewish Educator, of Base Berlin – Hillel Germany.
  • Evening at leisure and dinner on own.
Overnight: Berlin Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
DAY 9
BERLIN – PAST & PRESENT
Mon. Nov 18, 2024
  • Exploring German-Jewish Identity: A conversation with Sandra Anusiewicz-Baer, Coordinator of Zacharias Frankel College.
  • The Berlin Wall Memorial is an ideal place to examine the Cold War that divided both Berlin and the world. Situated on a one-mile strip of the original wall, it includes a guard watchtower, memorials to East Berliners killed attempting to cross into West Berlin, and exhibits explaining why this was once one of the tensest places on earth.
  • Stop at Checkpoint Charlie, one of the best-known crossing points between East and West Berlin during the Cold War, frequently featured in spy movies and books.
  • Visit 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.
  • Special program with ELNET, and meet with German parliament members. ELNET-Germany fosters ties between European and Israeli decision-makers and builds a network with its dialogue programs and delegations.
    OR
    Conversation with Dr. Amy Gutmann, Ambassador of the United States to Germany.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Private farewell dinner at a restaurant.
Overnight: Berlin Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
DAY 10
UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN
Tue. Nov 19, 2024
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • Transfer to Berlin International Airport for your return flight to the US.
Meals: Breakfast

RATES & LODGING

participants
30+
Cost p/p in double room
$6,500
Cost p/p in single room
$7,480

Cost of accommodations for pre-nights including breakfast and all taxes:
- Frankfurt: Steigenberger Icon $335,- per night per double occupancy room, $305,- per night per single occupancy room.
*All rates are subject to availability.
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Frankfurt: Steigenberger Icon Frankfurter Hoft

Nuremberg: Leonardo Royal Hotel

Berlin: The Westin Grand

What to expect

  • 8 nights' accommodations.
  • 8 days of touring with a J² Expert Educator and local guides, 7 days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned bus.
  • 1 Group train ticket from Nuremberg to Berlin.
  • All arrival transfers at the airport in Frankfurt.
  • All departure transfers to the airport in Berlin.
  • Daily breakfast, 4 lunches & 4 dinners.
  • The J² adventures App available on the App Store & on Google Play (active 7 days before your departure and throughout your trip).
  • Water on the bus.
  • Porterage at the hotels.
  • All site entrance fees & program fees as per your final program.
  • Credit card fees.
  • Flights to & from Europe.
  • Gratuities are excluded. For groups of 20 and more participants traveling to Central Europe: We recommend the following guidelines for tipping (amounts are in US dollars): J² Expert Educator: $12 | Local Guide: $10 | Driver: $5. Amounts are per day per person.
  • 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.
  • 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 non-refundable deposit of $1,000 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: customercare@j2adventures.com.
  • Payments | The balance of your payment is due 110 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 110 or more days prior to departure incur the loss of the deposit. Cancelations made 109 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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