Invitation: Join us at the End-of-Semester Festivities on Friday, May 20, and Celebrate a Successful Spring 2016 Semester!

Lasst uns feiern!
Join us on Friday, May 20, for a the presentations of student projects at the Academic Center and at Frannz Club, followed by a festive dinner at Frannz Restaurant. We look forward to celebrating with you an exciting and successful semester.

 

May 20, 2016  – End-of-Semester Dinner & Festivities

4:00pm: No Stone Unturned” – Presentation of Student Projects in Photography & Reception at the Academic Center

5:00pm: “… and beyond!” – Presentation of Student Projects in Actor Training at Frannz Club

6:15pm: Celebration of our Graduating Seniors
6:30pm: Festive Dinner at Frannz Restaurant
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Words from Wellness on Saying “Auf Wiedersehen” to Berlin!

Hello NYU Berliners,

Is it really already mid-May? Just a couple more days and most of you’ll be boarding a plane again and begin your journeys to various parts of the world. No matter whether this semester has been your first experience abroad, your second or third semester away from your home campus, or maybe even part of a routine of changing locations and transitioning cultures, having studied here in Berlin will have made an impact on you for sure.

Remember, your experience is unique. No matter what others might consider a “great time,” the only one who knows what your experience was like is you. Some of you may have fallen madly in love with Berlin, others may feel ready to leave. You may have realized how much you value your friends and family, set new priorities, and discovered that you have more than just one home. Some of you may wish they had done things differently while in Berlin. Hopefully, most of you will consider your experience of the past four months a valuable experience.

Now, take a moment to stand still. Just stop doing what you are doing, clear your mind, and travel back to the moment when you boarded the plane to Berlin. Do you remember what you were thinking and feeling? What did you expect or hope for? Remember how you met us for the first time, how you arrived at the Student Residence or the Academic Center, and how you began your first German class. Do you remember the first German word you tried to pronounce or how you made your first new friend here? Be mindful of where you are now, reflect upon the insights and important skills you have gained, and think about how you are feeling about leaving Berlin in a couple of days.

Before I let you all go, though, try this little exercise: write down five things you are taking with you from Berlin. These can be memories of something you experienced, the acknowledgement of a personal development, an actual item, etc. Really do write it down, as these precious memories might fade with time and now is the moment to preserve them.

Now it’s time for me to say “Auf Wiedersehen.” It has been wonderful getting to know you all. While we will miss you here, we hope that many of you will come back for a second semester, summer internship, personal vacation, or to get an M.A. from a local German university.

Dankeschön for your presence and for your contributions to our community.

Auf Wiedersehen!

Sara

Kino an frischer Luft – Open Air Cinema in Berlin!

In the midst of studying for finals this weekend, take a break and enjoy one of the delights of warm spring and summer evenings in Berlin: the Freiluftkinos, or open-air cinemas. There are Freiluftkinos dotted in parks around the city, with one in almost every district. Two of the most popular ones on our side of town are the Freiluftkino Kreuzberg at the Kunstquartier Bethanien and the Freiluftkino Friedrichshain in Volkspark Friedrichshain. Both Freiluftkinos will be beginning with nightly screenings this week.

 Check here for the program for the cinema in Kreuzberg and here for the cinema in Friedrichshain. Tickets cost 7 EUR. And don’t forget to check if the screening is in English (this will often be noted in the program as “engl.m.dt.Ut” or “OmU”, or in German as “dt.m.engl.Ut”!

Visit the Gardens of the World / Besuchen Sie die Gärten der Welt!

Are you feeling up for a trip around the world before the end of the semester? Then take a break from cramming for exams and head over to the Gärten der Welt (Gardens of the World). In this extensive park, you can stroll through an oriental garden, chill in a Korean garden, or get even lost in a labyrinth. Enjoy the sun and relax!

Directions:

Entrance at Eisenacher Straße 99: Take the S7 to Marzahn and then take bus 195 to Gärten der Welt.

Admission: 5€

May 15-16: Pentecost – An Overview of Protestant and Catholic Services held in English

Pentecost is coming up and for all those of you who would like to go to service, some churches in Berlin also hold it in English.

Find below a list of different churches in proximity to or easily reachable from the Student Residence:

Protestant service in English

American Church Berlin
Bülowstrasse at Dennewitzplatz, 10783 Berlin
Sunday, May 15
Worship 11am
Praise Worship 1:30pm

Catholic service in English

St. Thomas von Aquin
Hannoversche Straße 5, 10115 Berlin
Sunday, May 15, 10.30am

Protestant service in German

Heilig-Kreuz-Kirche
Zossener Staße 65,10961 Berlin
Sunday, May 15, 2pm

Catholic service in German

St. Hedwigs-Kathedrale
Bebelplatz, 10117 Berlin
Sunday, May 15, 8am, 10am, 12pm, 6pm
Monday, May 16, 8am, 10am, 12pm, 6pm

Furthermore, the night from Sunday to Monday is the “night of open churches.” You can find more information here (only in German): http://offenekirchen.oerbb.de/

Please note that Sunday, May 15 and Monday, May 16 are public holidays and the Academic Center in the Kulturbrauerei and St. Agnes will be closed.

Invitation to Shabbat at Synagogue Rykestrasse this Friday, May 13, at 7pm

rz-hillel-ryke_01Every first Friday of the month, Hillel Germany organizes a Shabbat at the Synagogue in Rykestrasse 53 and you are kindly invited to join this Friday, May 13, at 7:00pm.

The Rykestrasse Shabbat is Hillel Germany’s flagship Shabbat activity. In Germany’s largest and arguably most beautiful Synagogue, the Hillel Hub Berlin comes together for a monthly Kabbalat Shabbat service and Kiddush. Hillel Germany and the Ernst Ludwig Ehrlich Scholarship Fund maintain a cooperation with the Synagogue, which was built in 1904.  The Synagogue Rykestrasse is located in Prenzlauer Berg, about 10 minutes walking distance from the Academic Center.

At the Hillel-Shabbat you will have the opportunity to meet people of very different backgrounds and with different traditions. You don’t need to have any previous synagogue! Just show up, have a good time with interesting people, and enjoy the food.

The Kiddush will be led by the students and ELES scholarship holders Max and Yan.

Contact Jonas Fegert, our NYU Bronfman Global Coordinator for Europe (jonas.fegert@nyu.edu), if you have any specific questions.

What: Shabbat organized by Hillel Germany, ELES, and NYU Bronfman Global
When: Friday, May 13, at 7:00pm
Where: Rykestrasse 53; 10405 Berlin
Who: Everyone who is interested

Job Opportunities: The NYU Leadership Initiative at the Wasserman Center for Career Development is hiring!

unnamedTHE NYU LEADERSHIP INITIATIVE IS HIRING. The Wasserman Center for Career Development is looking for two exceptional students to join the team this summer:

Program Assistant – Events and Communications

We are looking for an individual interested in helping to build community at NYU and passionate about all things digital. This is a chance to work with a vibrant, tight knit team and to learn first hand what it takes to communicate effectively with varied audiences, create engaging content that stands out, and build campaigns that have university-wide impact.

If this sounds like you, search posting 1030900 on Wasserman CareerNet to learn more!

Program Assistant – Undergraduate Leadership Initiatives

Want to understand what it takes to plan and implement impactful leadership development programming? We’re looking for a capable, organized individual to to support internal operations for the NYU Leadership Fellows Program and other undergraduate leadership efforts. Learn more by searching for posting 1030253 on Wasserman CareerNet!

Both roles are paid part-time summer positions with the possibility of fall 2016 extension.

NYU Berlin Podcast #2: Ich bin ein Berliner – NYU Berlin Unplugged I by Georgina Hahn-Griffith & Laura Waltje

Ever wonder what kind of talents lay hidden at NYU Berlin? At the NYU Berlin Open Mic Night a few weeks ago members of the community shared some of their amazing talents. Listen to Terry and Georgie as they share some of the evening’s highlights and tell you what they love about the openness and intimacy of the NYU Berlin community. Enjoy/ Viel Spaß!

A Last Update from your German Language Department / Neues von Ihrem Deutschteam

 Liebe Student(inn)en,

Was können wir Ihnen für die nächste Woche sagen?

Vor allem: VIEL GLÜCK bei den Examen! Und vielleicht schaffen Sie es ja ein letztes Mal zum Stammtisch… .

German Stammtisch on Tuesday, May 17, 8pm

This coming Tuesday, we’ll be meeting up at the rooftop bar “Klunkerkranich” (on the roof of Neukölln Arcaden; Karl-Marx-Straße 66; 12043 Berlin) at 8pm. For those who would like to meet up right on the spot: Just take the U7 to Rathaus Neukölln.

This is the last German Stammtisch of the semester, so if you’ve never joined us before, this is your last chance. We’re looking forward to seeing you!

Benjamin, Florian & Lars

May 13-15: Fountainhead Tanz Théâtre presents the 31st Black International Cinema Berlin Festival

From May 13 –15, Fountainhead Tanz Théâtre will be presenting the 31st Black International Cinema Berlin festival. This annual transdisciplinary and transcultural film and video festival introduces artistic, cultural, and political perspectives from Africa, the African Diaspora, and a larger community of people with an interest in transcultural communication and learning as well as the sharing  of educational, social, artistic, and economic resources. Among this year’s contributions are short films about the Ebola crisis in Sierra Leone, a documentary about a girl from Uganda visiting Germany, and a portrait of Ralph Bunche, the first Black person to win the Nobel Peace Prize.

For more information and a detailed program, click here.

Dates:        May 13-15

Venue:        Haus der Demokratie und Menschenrechte
Robert-Havemann-Saal

Greifswalder Straße 4
10405 Berlin/Prenzlauer Berlin

 Free admission