Sign up for the Jewish Berlin Walk and Shabbat on Friday, March 11, 3:00PM!

On Friday, March 11, we invite you to join Prof. Ares Kalandides for a 2 1/2 hour Jewish Berlin Walk beginning at 3:00PM. From Gendarmenmarkt, the walk will weave through parts of Berlin Mitte to Prenzlauer Berg, visiting a number of historical places before arriving at the Synagogue Rykestrasse, located not far from the Academic Center. Following a tour of Germany’s largest and arguably most beautiful Synagogue, you are invited by Hillel Germany to stay for Shabbat at 6:00 PM.

Please sign up for this walk by Friday, March 4, on the sign-up list posted to the “Upcoming Events” whiteboard on the first floor of the Academic Center.



Visit the Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp Memorial and Museum on Saturday, March 5, 2016

Join Prof. Björn Hofmeister for an NYU-sponsored visit to the Sachsenhausen concentration camp memorial and museum, just north of Berlin. The trip includes a brief, on-site introductory seminar by Prof. Hofmeister and a two-hour tour of the camp.

Meet Britta in front of the Student Residence on Saturday, March 5, at 10:20AM.

Please note that this trip is limited to 20 participants. If you would like to join, please sign up by Friday, February 26, on the list posted to the Upcoming Events whiteboard next to the AC entrance.

Useful Berlin-Apps

587px-bvg-logo-svgPublic transportation: BVG

This official BVG app includes all means of transport, buses, trams and trains, helps you navigate Berlin, and has up to date information on delays and more. You can even purchase your travel tickets.

The app is free of charge and available for iOS and Android:
iOS: bvg-fahrinfo-plus-berlin/id284971745
Android: apps/details?

taxiTaxi Berlin

Taxi Berlin can immediately find out which taxi is in your area and when it can be yours, as well as letting you know the approximate costs of the ride.

Download Taxi Berlin from iTunes (free):

Download Taxi Berlin from Google Play (free):

komootBiking in Berlin: Komoot

There are several Apps to plan your bike travels in and around Berlin. We can recommend Komoot, available for iOS and Android:



citymapperTransit: Citymapper

The urban transport app is designed to help users figure out the best way to get around a city — pulling in live public transport data and drawing on all available multi-modal options, from buses, subways and taxis to bikes and even walking, to get you to your destination as fast and comfortable as possible.



Sign Up for the NYU Berlin-Sponsored Day Trip to Dresden on Friday, February 19

Join us for the first NYU-sponsored trip of the semester to Dresden, capital of Saxony, on Friday, February 19. Before World War II, Dresden was called “Florence on the Elbe” and considered one of the world’s most beautiful cities because of its architecture and art treasures. Destroyed almost entirely during the war, the city’s reconstruction continues to this day.

We will travel to Dresden by bus early on Friday morning and begin the day with a two-hour walking tour of the historic city center, after which we will pause for a delicious NYU-sponsored lunch. In the afternoon, you may accompany Britta, Karen, and German teacher Miriam to one of Dresden’s great museums or explore the city on your own, before we take the bus back to Berlin in the evening.

Sign up for this trip on the Upcoming Events board in the AC by tomorrow, Friday, February 12.  Wir freuen uns darauf, Dresden mit Ihnen zu entdecken!

Invitation to Shabbat at Synagogue Rykestrasse this Friday, February 5, 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, February 5, 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 ( or Anne Strauss ( if you have any specific questions.

What: Shabbat organized by Hillel Germany, ELES and NYU Bronfman Global
When: Friday, February 5, at 6:00pm
Where: Rykestrasse 53; 10405 Berlin
Who: Everyone who is interested

Everything You Need to Know about Your Official Humboldt-Universität (HU) Student ID

When you check your mailboxes at the Student Residence today (Thursday, 4 February), you will find your official Humboldt-Universität Student ID valid for the German winter semester (until 31 March).  You will receive a new Humboldt-Universität student ID for the German summer semester, which will be valid from 1 April through 30 July 2016 and delivered to your mailbox later on in the semester.

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.