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

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.

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

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.

 

Contributing to Positive Change: Host and Partner with a Group of Volunteers from NYU New York from March 14-20, 2016!

A small group of NYU New York students, in collaboration with the NYU Center for Spiritual Life and NYU Berlin, is planning a trip to Berlin from March 14-20 in order to support local refugee support initiatives here in the city. The project is led by Asad Dandia and Ahmed Allam, both of whom have extensive experience in working with refugees in Stone Mountain, Georgia and Palestine. Searching for low-cost/free housing options, they have reached out to ask if some of you would be willing to host them, introduce them to Berlin, and potentially collaborate with them on their projects. Please read an excerpt from Ahmed’s message below and e-mail him directly ataa4099@nyu.edu if you (and your apartment community) are willing to host one or more guests during their time here in Berlin.

Thank you all so much for helping us with this project that we are all so deeply passionate about. If you will be able to host us, that would be ideal. It would be a great experience for some students to come check out the NYU Berlin Campus and we can even hold a reflection session at the Academic Center. […] Please contact us with any questions or concerns. Thank you very much for everything.

Best, 

Ahmed and Asad

Meet Jonas Fegert, the NYU Bronfman Global Coordinator for Europe!

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Jonas Fegert is the NYU Bronfman Global Coordinator for Europe.

I was born in Berlin on 3 October 1990 – exactly on the day of German Unification- and grew up in Berlin’s neighborhoods Wilmersdorf and Zehlendorf, as well as in Potsdam. I also lived in Moabit and and eventually moved to Kollwitzkiez in Prenzlauer Berg, where I still live today. Although I love traveling and exploring other countries and cultures, Berlin always remained my home. Certainly Berlin does not stand out for its beauty or idyll, yet there is something special about this unconventional city.

I attended the Jewish High School Moses Mendelssohn in Mitte and studied Political Science at Freie Universität in Berlin afterwards, where I specialized in political theory and history of ideas at the Otto Suhr Institute of Political Science. During this time, it was important to me to concentrate my studies on more theoretical subjects in order to complement the practically oriented, political job I had at the office of a member of the German Federal Parliament (Bundestag). At the age of 18, I started working at Member of Parliament Ekin Deligöz’s office, focusing on education policy, children’s and youth rights, and gender equality. Six years later, it was time to move on and leave the political bubble for a job where I would have the possibility of interacting more directly with people.

In 2010, I was one of the first students to receive a scholarship from the German-Jewish Ernst Ludwig Ehrlich Scholarship Fund (ELES) and was later elected as students’ spokesperson. After graduating from university in 2014, I was quickly hired by ELES. Initially, I worked as a consultant and was responsible for administrating and advising 120 students who were studying in different fields all across Germany and Europe. In this position, I was also responsible for creating Hillel Germany, a branch of Hillel International, the largest Jewish student organization worldwide . Together with our scholarship holders, we established over 12 Hillel Hubs in German cities, one in Vienna and another in Basel during a short period of only 10 months.

Since August 2015, I have been coordinating ELES’ newly created international department. ELES has partnered up with the NYU Bronfman Center for Jewish Student Life in order to connect NYU students abroad with local European students. While I still work at ELES, I am now also the NYU Bronfman Global Coordinator for Europe. As part of this new position, I will be visiting NYU’s European sites as often as possible to build and expand on relationships with the student communities students and organize Bronfman Global activities in Europe. These will include opportunities to celebrate Jewish holidays and Shabbat, to learn more about the Jewish heritage of the places in which the students are studying, and to get them in touch with contemporary European Jewish life. ELES and Bronfman Global partner with NYU Berlin on a number of initiatives. Of particular importance is ELES’ project on interfaith dialogue (“Dialogperspektiven”). We invite all of you to join our events if you are interested in this topic. For more information and to RSVP, please visit http://dialogperspektiven.de/anmeldung/ or e-mail me at jonas.fegert@nyu.edu.

The NYU Berlin, Bronfman Global and ELES activities are a great way to get to know interesting Berliners. I look forward to facilitating inspiring conversations and hope to get to know many of you!

About the NYU Bronfman Center and the Ernst Ludwig Ehrlich Scholarship Fund:

ELES was established in 2009 to support the future leaders of the Jewish community in Germany and Europe and is supported by the German Federal Ministry of Education. ELES offers financial support to especially gifted Jewish students and PhD candidates with German citizenship, citizenship of an EU-member state, or the status of an educational resident in the EU. The heart of ELES’ work is the educational program it has designed for and offers to its scholarship holders. Since it was founded, the Ernst Ludwig Ehrlich Scholarship Fund has been a strong advocate for a pluralistic, open and confident Judaism which is aware of its traditions. The scholarship fund combines strong commitment with academic excellence for the good of the Jewish community and society as a whole. By sponsoring over 400 gifted Jewish students and PhD candidates, the scholarship fund makes an important contribution to the creation of a new Jewish intellectualism in Europe.

The Edgar M. Bronfman Center for Jewish Student Life, which was founded in 1996, engages one of the largest and most creative Jewish student populations in the United States. In the heart of Greenwich Village, the Bronfman Center taps into the energy of New York City to create open and pluralistic communities where students learn, celebrate, and explore their identities and Jewish life. Bronfman Global aims to build a global Jewish consciousness among NYU students who are studying abroad at NYU’s European sites by connecting them to local Jewish communities and to ELES scholarship holders abroad. We hope to offer a vibrant and open Jewish student life for NYU students in Europe, just as we do in New York. To accomplish this goal, the Bronfman Center has partnered up with ELES and NYU’s European global sites.

Click on the links below to learn more about ELES and Bronfman Global:

http://www.eles-studienwerk.de

http://dialogperspektiven.de

http://bronfmancenter.org/

Bronfman Global on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bronfmanglobal