Jewish life in Berlin extends back to the Middle Ages- Jews having impacted nearly every aspect of the city’s great tapestry of culture, history, and scientific & economic development. However, the story of Jewish history in Berlin is ultimately one of horrible destruction, as centuries of rich and meaningful life were wiped out in the Holocaust. Having faced the lessons of its violent past, modern Berlin presents a vastly different tale-of great hope and potential as a city which greatly values tolerance and diversity. Berlin’s Jewish community is today one of the fastest growing communities in the world.
- Encounters with the city’s past: The Brandenburg Gate, Potsdamer Platz, Unter den Linden, Museum Island, Checkpoint Charlie & the Berlin Wall and more…
- Meaningful encounters with the local Jewish community: meetings with Jewish activists, leaders & locals and a memorable Kabbalat Shabbat experience at the Oranienburger Str Synagogue.
- Monuments & Moments to the Shoah: Hitler’s bunker, Track 17 at Grunewald Station & a visit to Wannsee.
- Authentic cultural & culinary experiences.
- Led by renowned Holocaust historian and veteran tour educator Sara Pellach.
About our on-site tour educator, Sara Pellach:
Born in Israel to Holocaust survivors, Sara Pellach grew up in the shadow of the Holocaust with a mother who would speak of nothing else but the “Shoah” and a father who never spoke a word about it.
It was only in 1971, while Sara was doing research on the Holocaust period for her degree at Bar Ilan University, that her father finally opened up and began to reveal his past.
Sara began her career as an enthusiastic history teacher. She taught for several years of being a teacher in Israel and was a school Principal in Canada. After a tour in Poland organized for second generation Holocaust survivors, Sara decided to dedicate her research and knowledge of the Holocaust to informal education outside the classroom, guiding student and adult groups in the very places where Jewish history unfolded in Eastern Europe.
Her vast knowledge, sensitivity, religious convictions and personal experience bring an additional dimension to her tours and her sense of “Shlichut”- of being on a mission, gives her the strength and stamina to return time after time, yet with another group, to Europe.
Since 1987, Sara has guided hundreds of Jewish heritage trips for school and adult groups to Eastern and Central Europe.
Fluent in Hebrew, English and Yiddish, Sara guides tours from Israel, Europe and the United States.
A Kenes Tours Jewish Heritage tour guided by Sara Pellach is a memorable and spiritual experience, a once in a lifetime journey, forever to remember.