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

Next Wednesday, May 18: Symposium and Final Projects Presentations on “Global Education in the 21st Century” at Humboldt University

NYU Berlin goes Humboldt: Global Education in the 21st Century – Final Course Presentations 

The students of Professor Isensee’s joint NYU Berlin/Humboldt University course on Global Education invite the entire community to join them at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Main Building, Unter den Linden 6, Room 3119 (located next to “Orbis,” one floor above Audimax) on Wednesday, May 18, at 5:15 pm for the final presentations of their independent study projects. Prof. Isensee and his students are looking forward to welcoming you as their guests.

“Karneval der Kulturen”: Kreuzberg invites You to yet another Street Festival

On the weekend of Pentecost every year, Kreuzberg comes out in full color with the “Karneval der Kulturen” celebration. Since the mid-1960s, Berlin’s growing multiculturalism has been celebrated through these four days of open-air music, dancing, and parading. The main parade, with 73 national groups participating, will take place on Sunday, starting from Hermannplatz at 12:30pm, and then heading in the direction of Yorckstrasse.

For the celebration closest to the residence—the Eurasian stage—head to Blücherplatz. For the full program, see here.

Please note that due to the size of the event, festival organizers advise against riding bicycles into the central areas of the festival. It is also likely that U-Bahn stations on the U7 and U8 will be closed during peak hours to avoid overcrowding.

Invitation to Maariv Service and Seder at Synagogue Rykestrasse

The community at Synagogue Rykestrasse and NYU Bronfman Global kindly invite you to Maariv service and Seder taking place this Saturday, April 23, at the Synagogue on Rykestrasse 53.

Maariv service will begin at 7:00pm and is followed by the Seder starting at around 8:30pm. Daniel Laufer from the Synagogue Rykestrasse will lead the singing and ELES students from Berlin and other German cities, fellow NYU students from our sites in London and Prague, and members of the Rykestrasse congregation will join in.
The NYU Bronfman Center will pay the participation fee for all NYU Berlin students.
Please send an email to the Bronfman Global Coordinator for Europe, Jonas Fegert (jonas.fegert@nyu.edu) if you would like to join the event.

Sign up for One of the Four NYU Berlin Day Trips on Friday, April 15

Sign up for one of the four day trips taking place on Friday, April 15. You can do so beginning today, Thursday, March 24, on the lists posted to the Upcoming Events whiteboard at the Academic Center. Alternatively, you may send an e-mail to Anne at anne.strauss@nyu.edu if you want to secure your spot but won’t be at the AC this week. Please RSVP by Thursday, April 7. You can find a brief description of each trip below.

This semester we are excited to offer two day trips to Potsdam, a city less than 30 minutes by train from central Berlin. Both trips will run from about 10:00AM to 5:30PM, one will be a bicycle tour and the other a walking tour. For more information, please read on.

1. Potsdam by Bike, with Professor Sigismund Sliwinski

potsdam bikingJoin Professor Sliwinski for a bike tour of Potsdam and its surroundings. The full-day tour will be an exciting combination of an outdoor trip, surveying nature in the Brandenburg countryside, and an introduction to the history of Berlin and the Berlin Wall. The trip will begin from the Friedrichstraße S-Bahnhof, where we will meet Professor Sliwinski and take the train to Potsdam. At Griebnitzsee, on the edge of Potsdam, we’ll pick up bikes and begin a tour along the lakes surrounding Potsdam. After lunch we’ll visit the palace grounds at Belvedere and Sanssouci. As the tour involves a lot of cycling, it is important you’re comfortable spending the full day on a bike.

2. Potsdam by Foot, with Tarek Ibrahim

Potsdam walkPotsdam is more than just beautiful palaces and gardens, it’s a microcosm of the world: Italian Renaissance churches, French gardens, Chinese tea-houses, Roman baths, and English Tudor manors. The kings of Prussia and Emperors of Germany knew that if they couldn’t see the whole world, then they could at least try and bring the whole world to them. But the parks and palaces are more than just mere re-creation and imitation. Potsdam was a retreat, an escape from a world that was rapidly and profoundly changing in the 18th and 19th centuries, brought on by industrialization, modernization, secularization and German unification. It’s at once a response to and a product of these transformations: longing for the past, and dreaming of what’s ahead. This day trip will give students an understanding of these movements and ideas through the lens of architecture and art history. We will be looking at the Church of Peace, the famous landscape terraces and palace of Sanssouci, before moving on to Cecilienhof, site of the (in)famous Potsdam Conference of July 1945, that divided Germany for nearly 50 years and set in motion the Cold War. We will end the tour (weather permitting) with a stop at Glienicke Bridge, the “bridge of spies.” As there will be a lot of walking, please remember to wear comfortable shoes.

3. Bike trip through the biosphere reserve Schorfheide-Chorin, with German instructor Susan Engel

SchorfheideJoin your German instructor Susan on an adventurous bike trip through the biosphere reserve Schorfheide-Chorin – located only 70 km north-east of Berlin. You will visit the old abbey Chorin (from the 13th century) and discover the beautiful landscape by bike while learning about life in the Middle Ages!

  • Departure: The groups meets on Friday, April 15, 2016 at 9:25am at the Berlin Gesundbrunnen station. The train leaves from platform 8 at 9:39am.
  • What to bring: Water, snacks for the way, a rain jacket, a pen, your NYU student ID. Lunch will be provided.
  • Arrival back in Berlin: approx. 6:30pm.
  • Please be prepared to ride a bike for several hours! The overall bike trip will be around 25 km (about 16 miles) long.
All participants will receive an confirmation e-mail with further details. Please indicate your lunch choice on the sign-up list. Dankeschön
4. Trip to Görlitz, with Special Projects Coordinator Dominik Fungipani
Görlitz is a small town in Saxony, located directly at the Polish border. In fact, you can just cross a bridge in the town center to venture into Poland (and thus pin another feather to your metaphorical traveler’s hat). The town emerged virtually unharmed from WWII and still exhibits building styles from the Middle Ages to today. This trip offers a chance to witness the ongoing unification of Europe, its great potential as well as its challenges.

Peterskirche_GoerlitzWe will leave from the Residence at 7:30am, arriving by about 10:30am. You will take part in a guided tour of the historical city center of Görlitz with a local expert. After the tour, you can share impressions and experiences during an NYU Berlin-sponsored lunch. In the afternoon we will explore the town’s Polish sister city Zgorzelec (please bring your passport, just in case). The bus will arrive back in Berlin by about 9:00pm. This trip is capped at 20 participants.

Check Your Mailboxes: Your New Humboldt-Universität (HU) Student ID

You are already familiar with the Humboldt-University ID for the German winter semester. As you know, this ID is only valid until March 31, 2016.

When you check your mailboxes at the Student Residence today (Thursday, March 17), you will find your NEW Humboldt-Universität Student ID valid for the German summer semester (from April 1 through July 30,  2016).  

As with the last one, your official student ID is the bottom left quarter of the green sheet. Tear off the part called “Studentinnen-/Studenten-Ausweis” along the perforation. This student ID allows you to check out books from the library at Humboldt-Universität. Presenting it at the door will also get you student discounts on entrance fees at museums, cinemas, theaters, etc.

The remainder of the same green sheet contains three Immatrikulations-Bescheinigungen (“certificates of enrollment”). Hold on to them, you might need them in the future.

Please do not lose this original document! It is issued only once directly by Humboldt University.

Important Note: If you live in Mondrian Suites or off-campus, your paperwork may be picked up from the Student Life Office at the Academic Center.

Invitation to Shabbat at Synagogue Rykestrasse this Friday, March 11, at 6:00PM

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 for the first time this Friday, March 11, at 6:00PM.

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.

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

What: Shabbat organized by Hillel Germany, ELES, and NYU Bronfman Global
When: Friday, March 11, at 6:00PM
Where: Rykestrasse 53; 10405 Berlin
Who: Everyone who is interested

Check your Mailbox: Tax Identification Number

When you check your mailboxes at the Student Residence, in Mondrian Suites, or at your registered home in Berlin these days, you will find a letter from the city of Berlin with your Tax identification number (Steueridentifikationsnummer).

This 11-digit identification number ensures unique identification within the tax system and every person successfully registered in a German city receives it.

If you intend to work in paid employment (in a part-time job or an internship) in Germany, your employer will need this number as soon as you begin new employment or before receiving your first salary. Your employer will surely ask for it. Please do not lose this document; it is very complicated to have the number issued again. If you have any questions or concerns, please e-mail Anne Strauss (anne.strauss@nyu.edu) or stop by the Student Life office.