The PAS Teen Department is excited for our first international trip since before 2020! Join fellow 11th and 12th graders to learn about Berlin’s legacy on the ground. We will balance fun and bonding with deep dives into this city’s complicated history. Keep scrolling for more information!
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- 2:00 p.m. Depart PAS by bus to the airport.
- 5:50 p.m. Depart the USA on the overnight flight KL 642 to Amsterdam.
- 6:50 a.m. Land in Amsterdam.
- 8:05 a.m. Depart for Berlin on connecting flight KL 1821.
- 9:25 a.m. Morning arrival at Berlin International Airport.
- Welcome by your tour educator and your local guide.
- Group transfer to Berlin's city center.
- The Enigma that is Berlin: Introduction to Berlin and orientation dialogue with your tour educator.
- Lunch on own, en route.
- Introductory tour of Berlin including a visit to:
- 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. Perhaps Berlin's best-known landmark, it 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 building, set in the reconstructed Reichstag, is rich with history. We’ll see how it was created in the 1890s as the newly-unified Germany grew into an imperial power, destroyed during the Nazi period, and reconstructed in the 1990s as the home of German democracy and reunification.
- 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 your hotel with time to prepare for Shabbat.
- Shabbat service at Oranienburgerstrasse Synagogue, followed by a communal Shabbat dinner with the local community.
- Walk back to the hotel.
- Tour the Jewish Quarter and see the following sites:
- Hackescher Market.
- View of the New Synagogue and Centrum Judaicum.
- The Jewish Cemetery.
- 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. The protest was led by non-Jewish women seeking to protect their Jewish spouses from persecution.
- Lunch at a restaurant in this lively hip neighborhood.
- The district of Mitte is also known today as a vibrant scene for modern art: visit some of Berlin's fun art galleries, such as the KW institute for contemporary art, or Galerie Eigen + Art.
- Return to the hotel.
- Ben Kodesh Lechol: Mark the end of Shabbat with Havdalah.
- 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.
- "Jews May No Longer Own Pets”: In a city of Holocaust memorials, the Places of Remembrance is perhaps the most controversial. 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.
- The Bureaucracy of Evil: in January 1942, German officials gathered at the Wannsee Villa to arrange and streamline the Final Solution. Visit the lovely rooms – which are now a museum and memorial with exhibitions, films, and original documentation – where these monstrous discussions were held. We’ll discuss how these brief, essentially bureaucratic, meetings were a key step toward genocide.
- Lunch on own, en route.
- Pay a visit to Gleis 17 (Track 17), 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.
- Return to Berlin.
- Understanding and Unease: Explore the social, political, and cultural history of Germany’s Jews – from their 4th-century arrival until today – at the Jewish Museum Berlin, Europe’s largest Jewish museum. The tragedy of the Holocaust is integrated into its exhibitions and its extraordinary architecture. We’ll see how Daniel Libeskind’s design – with its zigzagging lines and concrete “voids” – evokes a sense of unease and absence that, along with their many achievements, is part of the German-Jewish story.
- Return to the hotel.
- We'll enjoy dinner at one of Berlin's iconic restaurant, to appreciate the atmospheric cozy charm and hearty traditional German cuisine. At the same time, you will also get a taste of German history and culture as you sit among locals who are continuing the tradition – dating back to the early 19th century – of getting together there to socialize and engage in lively debate.
- 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. The “gallery” is actually the longest stretch of the Berlin Wall still in existence and was covered with murals by German and international artists immediately after reunification. Look out for the famous graffiti painting of the Soviet and East German leaders, Brezhnev and Honecker, locked in a “socialist fraternal kiss” and a Trabant – the iconic, awful automobile of Communist Germany – seemingly bursting through the Wall.
- Street Art Tour of Berlin: Get to know the weird and wonderful areas of Berlin. Check out the street art on many hidden corners and be impressed and inspired by the varied and dynamic works of art.
- Lunch on own in KaDeWe’s food court and free time for shopping in Europe’s biggest department store: KaDeWe.
- Have fun participating in a graffiti workshop.
- Return to the hotel for a group reflection.
- Farewell dinner at a local restaurant.
- Check out of the hotel.
- Transfer to Berlin International Airport.
- 2:30 p.m. Depart Berlin on flight KL 1826 to Amsterdam.
- 3:55 p.m. Land in Amsterdam.
- 5:10 p.m. Depart for New York on connecting flight KL 643.
- 7:25 p.m. Arrive the same day at Newark Liberty International Airport.
- Return to PAS by bus.
What to expect
- 4 nights' accommodations.
- 4 days of touring with a Jewish educator and a local guide, 3 days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned bus.
- Group flight to & from Berlin.
- Daily breakfast, 1 lunch & 4 dinners.
- Meals on the flights.
- Water on the bus on touring days.
- Gratuities for the Jewish educator, local guide and bus drivers.
- The J² adventures App available on the App Store & on Google Play (active 7 days before your departure and throughout your trip).
- Whisper system for 4 days.
- All site entrance fees & program fees as per your final program.
- Credit card fees.
- COVID related expenses, including tests.
- Lunches on 3 days.
- 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, mineral water, coffee, tea, food other than the menu provided, passport and visa fees, insurance, and foreign port taxes, unless otherwise specified.
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