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CCAR Leadership Travel Series
Rabbis Exploring Jewish Renewal in Berlin

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Tour Highlights

  • As per itinerary

Trip Includes

  • 5 nights' accommodation in selected hotel
  • 4 days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned bus with licensed, English speaking tour guide
  • All site entrance fees and program fees as per itinerary
  • Meals:breakfast daily and 3 dinners
  • Portage at the hotels

The CCAR is pleased to continue to expand our lifelong learning education program to include these unique opportunities to travel and learn with colleagues, thus strengthening our Jewish communities through excellent rabbinic leadership and to learn about leading your community on trips to places in the Jewish World. 

Rabbi Ellen Weinberg Dreyfus, will chair this mission to Berlin.

Explore the legacy of German Jewry and learn about the birthplace of the Reform Movement.  Gain profound insight into the impossible situations Jews faced during the Holocaust, while also examining the historical backdrop of World War Two and the events that led up to it. This tour is an opportunity to enrich your knowledge of Jewish history and understand the complexities of reviving and sustaining a Jewish community in the wake of catastrophe, all while being exposed to a magnificent city which has undergone tremendous transformation.

All trips include accommodations, all breakfasts, and some dinners as well as comprehensive touring, special educational programming, and high-level briefings. The Leadership Travel Series is a result of a multi-year partnership between the CCAR and Da'at Educational Expeditions and is provided to CCAR members at a subsidized cost. The rates are land only, are based on double occupancy, and apply only to CCAR members. For spouse fees, please contact ARZA World customer service center at 888-811-2812. Space is limited.

DAY ONE: Monday, November 4, 2013

  • Depart the USA

Overnight: Flight

DAY TWO: Tuesday, November 5, 2013

  • Arrive at Berlin International Airport & and transfer on own to the hotel.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Lunch on your own.
  • Meet with the other participants and guide.
  • 2:00 p.m.  Depart from the hotel.
  • Visit the Brandenburg Gate, originally commissioned by Friedrich Wilhelm II to represent peace. Perhaps the most well-known landmark in Berlin, it now stands as a symbol of the reunification of Germany.
  • Visit the Holocaust Memorial, the National German Monument to the Murdered Jews of Europe, designed by architect Peter Eisenman. 
  • 4:00 p.m. Meet with Dr. Maria Flachsbarth, a senior member of the German Parliament and the religious affairs spokesperson of Angela Merkel's CDU/CSU faction in the parliament.
  • 5:00 p.m. Visit the Reichstag, the seat of the German Parliament and one of Berlin's most significant landmarks.
  • Welcome dinner with leaders of the Jewish community.

Overnight: Ramada Hotel, Alexander Platz - Berlin

DAY THREE: Wednesday, November 6, 2013

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Visit the Weissensee Jewish Cemetery, the second largest Jewish cemetery in Europe.
  • 10:30 a.m. An Inside Look into the German Jewish Community with Rabbi Josh Spinner, the Executive VP and CEO of The Ronald S. Lauder Foundation.  
  • Walk along Unter Den Linden, the grand central boulevard in the Mitte district.
  • View the famous Humboldt University of Berlin and visit the Book Burning Memorial at Bebel Square.
  • Walk to the former “Jewish Quarter”.
  • Walk along Grosse Hamburger Strasse, once the center of Berlin Jewry. 
  • Lunch on your own, en route.
  • Visit the Museum of Otto Weidt's Workshop for the Blind, a haven for Jews during the Holocaust years in Berlin.
  • Visit the New Synagogue and the Centrum Judaicum, one of the most     important locations for contemporary Jewish life in Berlin.
  • Return to hotel.
  • 7:30 p.m. Dinner at the Grand restaurant hosted by the German General Rabbinic Conference.

Overnight: Ramada Hotel, Alexander Platz - Berlin

DAY FOUR: Thursday, November 7, 2013

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • 9:00 a.m. Join rabbinical students for morning prayer.
  • Visit the “Places of Remembrance” memorial in the Bavarian Quarter.
  • Guided visit to 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.
  • Lunch on your own, en route.
  • Checkpoint Charlie: Visit the checkpoint at what was a crossing point between East and West Berlin during the Cold War.
  • 4:00 p.m. Joint commemoration ceremony of the German restistance on Nov 7th, with Parliamentary Secretary of State Christian Schmidt.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • 7:00 p.m. Attend the opening of the "Fire!" exhibition at Topography of Terror, marking the 75th anniversary of the 1938 November pogroms.
  • Dinner on your own.

Overnight: Ramada Hotel, Alexander Platz - Berlin

DAY FIVE: Friday, November 8, 2013

  • Early breakfast at the hotel.
  • 7:30 a.m.  Depart the hotel.
  • Drive to Potsdam the capital of the federal state of Brandenburg and the former residence of the Prussian kings and German Kaisers.
  • Guided tour to the city including the Glienicke Bridge, used during the cold war for exchanging spies and other famous sites.
    • Meet with Prof. Walter Homolka, Executive Director of the Abraham Geiger College, first liberal rabbinical seminary in Continental Europe since the Holocaust and run by Potsdam University, for a tour of the college.
  • Lunch on own in Potsdam.
  • Drive to Wannsee.
  • 1:30 p.m. Guided visit to 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.
  • Memorial visit to Gleis 17 (Track 17) in the neighborhood of Grunewald, the main deportation center for Berlin Jews during the Holocaust.
  • 4:30 p.m. Return to the hotel.
  • 5:30 p.m. Depart for Kabbalat Shabbat services.
  • 6:00 p.m. Kabbalat Shabbat Service at the Pestalozzi-Strasse Synagogue, led by Rabbi Tuvia Ben-Chorin.
  • Shabbat dinner at the Leonardo Royal hotel.
  • Return to the hotel.

Overnight: Ramada Hotel, Alexander Platz - Berlin

DAY SIX: Saturday, November 9, 2013

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Optional Shabbat Morning Services at the Oranienburger-Strasse Congregation.
  • Lunch on own.
  • Free Shabbat in Berlin with optional visits on own:
    • The Altes Museum (Old Museum) completed on the orders of Karl Friedrich Schinkel in 1830.
    • The Neues Museum (New Museum) finished in 1859 according to plans by Friedrich August Stüler, a student of Schinkel. Destroyed in World War II, it was rebuilt under the direction of David Chipperfield for the Egyptian Museum of Berlin and re-opened in 2009.
    • The Alte Nationalgalerie (Old National Gallery) completed in 1876, also according to designs by Friedrich August Stüler, to host a collection of 19th century art donated by banker Joachim H. W. Wagener
    • The Bode Museum on the island's northern tip, opened in 1904 and then called Kaiser-Friedrich-Museum. It exhibits the sculpture collections and late Antique and Byzantine art.
    • The Pergamon Museum, the final museum of the complex, constructed in 1930. It contains multiple reconstructed immense and historically significant buildings such as the Pergamon Altar and the Ishtar Gate of Babylon.
  • 6:00 p.m.  Join the Jewish Community of Berlin in marking the 75th anniversary of the 1938 pogroms at the JCC in Fasanenstraße.
  • 8:30 p.m. Farewell dinner with wrap up discussion. 

Overnight: Ramada Hotel, Alexander Platz - Berlin

DAY SEVEN: Sunday, November 10, 2013

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • Transfer on own to airport.
  • Return to the USA.

Need to Know

  • Group rates are per person based on double occupancy and a minimum of 20 full paying participants per bus. Should the number of participants drop below the minimum listed above, we will adjust the cost of the trip to reflect the additional expense of operating the program.
  • Tour prices are per person in U.S. dollars. All hotel accommodations, motor coach transportation, special dinners, sightseeing, admissions, luggage handling and the services of local guides, drivers, and the tour guide/educator are included.
  • Meals are included as specified in the itinerary.
  • Expedition Director / Tour Educator or Guide: All trips are conducted by our tour educators or local guides who remain with the group throughout the tour.
  • Gratuities Included: All gratuities for restaurant staff are included.
  • Luggage Responsibility: All tour packages allow one piece of luggage per person and one carry-on bag. Excess luggage will be subject to charge of up to $100 per piece. The Travel Agent and/or Tour Operator shall not be held responsible for any damage to or loss of luggage/personal items. All damage/loss must be reported at time of incident and documented in writing by local authorities for submission to the insurance company.


Not Included


  • Airfare to the tour departure point and from the tour ending point is not included. Airfare may be purchased from us for travel originating in the United States. Please see Flights tab in the right-side toolbar.
  • Personal Expenses: All personal expenses such as: laundry, valet service, cables, telephone calls and postage are not included.
  • Guide and Driver Gratuities:
    In keeping with normal standards in international tourism, we recommend the following for tipping:
    • 20 passengers and more: Da'at Tour Educator $7, Local Guide $6, driver $4 - per participant per day


Additional Information


  • Airline Security Measures: In the U.S., you must provide identification in the form of a passport at the time of airport check-in for travel to international destinations. Your passport name must match the name on your tour reservation and airline ticket or you may be denied boarding.
  • If you are traveling from an airport outside the jurisdiction of the U.S, you will need to determine what travel documentation and identification is required for that particular airport.
  • Due to heightened security regulations, certain items such as a metal nail file, pocketknife, cigarette lighter or tweezers, and some liquid, gel, or aerosol items may not be permitted in your carry-on luggage. Please call your airline prior to departure to obtain current information on non-permissible carry-on items and recommended airport check-in times. You may also wish to visit the Transportation Security Administration website at www.tas.gov to obtain more information on acceptable identity documentation and prohibited luggage items.
  • Air Services: Once issued, tickets are non-refundable. Airline schedules and flights are subject to change without notice. We will not be responsible for penalties incurred for tickets, international or domestic, not issued by us due to schedule and/or flight changes. Airlines reserve the right to demand immediate issuance of tickets whenever they determine that specific flights are heavily booked even when normal ticketing rules do not require tickets to be issued until a later date. In this instance, we will require immediate and full payment of the airfare and airport taxes and fees as itemized on the invoice. This situation overrides invoice terms and conditions and payment due dates. If full payment is not received, seats will be cancelled by the airline and may not be available to be rebooked on the same flights or at the same airfare. Any replacement air arrangements and airfare will be the sole responsibility of the passenger. We suggest you contact your travel agent or the carrier several weeks prior to departure for seat assignments. Passengers are responsible to reconfirm their flights 72 hours prior to departure for all flights. Package is based on discount fares for group travel. Group members deviating from group dates will be charged a $75 deviation fee per person.
  • Holidays and Museum Closures - Museum visits and personal shopping time may be disrupted due to unforeseen circumstances or the many religious, state and local holidays locally observed in the destinations being visited
  • Photography During Tours: We will occasionally use photographs taken by fellow guests or your trip director for promotional purposes. If you prefer that your photo not be used in any marketing activities, please notify us at the start of your tour.


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