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This tour begins in the heart of the former Jewish quarter of Berlin on Große Hamburger Str. At the site of the oldest Jewish cemetery of Berlin, we will `meet’ the world famous 18th century philosopher, Moses Mendelssohn and see the current Jewish high school named for him. Nearby is a rare remaining Baroque church where in the early 1700s the Jewish and Christian communities agreed to live peacefully side-by-side, giving this neighborhood the nickname “Tolerance Quarter.” There are traces of a missing house and a Jewish home for the elderly that was used in Nazi times as a pre-deportation prison.
Along the way we see Stolpersteine / Stumbling Blocks – a Europe-wide effort to remember those murdered in the Holocaust with brass plates in front of where they once lived. We’ll pass the home of the world’s first female rabbi, Regina Jonas, on the way to the magnificent golden-domed New Synagogue (1866). Albert Einstein played a violin concert here and today it is both museum and synagogue with an egalitarian service. The spectacular dome, re-built after the fall of the wall, is an important symbol for the Jewish community today. Next door, it’s tempting to have a virtual snack at the Israeli “Hummus and Friends” giving us a good chance to discuss the contemporary pluralistic community.
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