Women's Philanthropy Mission to Berlin and Israel

March 12 – 19, 2020


Join the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia for an unforgettable Jewish journey that mirrors our history.

Jewish life in Berlin today is thriving and diverse, though facing a rising tide of anti-Semitism that bears unsettling echoes of the past. In contrast, modern Israel is a place that doesn’t merely exist — itself a daily miracle — but has rapidly evolved from a pioneer state to a global research and development tech hub, driven by powerful female leadership. Witness the impact of our work in Israel and overseas, and meet inspiring women who have led Israel into the 21st century.

Berlin highlights

  • Tour the historic Jewish Quarter, the golden-domed Neue Synagogue, and celebrate Shabbat at the Rykestrasse Synagogue
  • Visit the deceptively glamorous House of the Wannsee Conference, where the Final Solution was planned
  • Stand on Gruenwald station’s Platform 17, from where Berlin’s Jews were deported
  • Enjoy dinner with members of Berlin’s Jewish community

Israel highlights

  • VIP meetings with Israeli dignitaries including Michael Oren, former Israeli Ambassador to the U.S.
  • Visit the Ayalon Institute, once a secret ammunition factory
  • Be inspired by serial entrepreneur Merav Oren, founder of Open Restaurants and WMN, a community for female tech founders
  • Explore places and greet faces new and old in the holy city of Jerusalem


$6,485 per person in a double room
$1,110 single supplement

Mission includes:

  • VIP Service
  • 5 star hotels
  • Flight from Berlin to Tel Aviv
  • All activity and entrance fees
  • All gratuities and taxes
  • Transfers to and from all airports
  • All meals in Berlin; most meals in Israel


Hotel Adlon Kempinski, Berlin
The Carlton Hotel Tel Aviv

Flight Arrangements

Each person is responsible for making her own flight arrangements. Please contact Luis Sole at FROSCH Travel at 212.784.0274 or luis.sole@frosch.com.

Cancellation Policy

  • Participants canceling by December 12, 2019 will be subject to a $1,000 cancellation fee per person.
  • Participants canceling between December 12, 2019 – January 12, 2020 will be subject to a 50% cancellation fee per person.
  • Participants canceling after January 12, 2020 will not be refunded.

Mission Co-Chairs

Lisa Schoenberg
Amy Wittenstein

Contact Information

For more information contact Arielle Shemesh, Missions Manager, at ashemesh@jewishphilly.org or 215.832.0629.

Mission attendees will be asked to make a minimum gift of $1,000 to the 2020 Jewish Community Fund.