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Still Traveling: Beguiling Berlin – A New Series

Monday, November 27, 2023 @ 11:00 amMonday, December 18, 2023 @ 12:15 pm

Zoom with us to Berlin, German to spend time with our terrific, professional, local guide, who leads these fascinating virtual “tours.”

Still Traveling

Would you like to still travel? Now you can without leaving your home – just stay still!

Let us whisk you away for an “armchair adventure” on an interesting, educational, fun & live, guided group tour in a destination beyond your front door …even beyond the grocery store!

Forget the long, masked airplane ride, we take you across the time zones by Zoom where a local professional guide from a distant destination will take us to explore sites or topics. Live Q&A, photos, graphics & video clips (when available) will transport us to the destination!

Your ticket purchase helps support our special guests – professional guides – who were mostly or completely out of work during the pandemic.

Beguiling Berlin – A New Series!

Mondays, November 27, December 4, 11 & 18

11am-12:15pm (PT), 12-1:15pm (MT), 1-2:15pm (CT), 2-3:15pm (ET)

on Zoom

Germany’s vibrant capital city is renowned for its exceptional range of landmarks, vibrant cultural scene and way of life that’s somehow all go yet relaxed. In fact, the city is best known for its striking contrasts. Historical buildings stand alongside modern architecture as the past and present intermingle.

After his last series with us which inspired raves, our professional, local guide Jamie is back to lead four more fascinating, virtual “trips” to experience diverse parts of the city. See below for the schedule of visits.

Program details subject to change.

Save! Register before Nov 25th for “Early Bird” pricing!

The Berlin Wall and its Legacy since its Fall (Nov 27)

The city became divided by the building of the wall in 1961. As a result, two cities developed on either side of the barrier, since all of the facilities a city needs had to be duplicated. But these were two very different cities! The wall has been gone now for longer than it was up, so the presentation explores the legacy of East and West Berlin in the cityscape and its population today.

Berlin Museums: Selected Highlights (Dec 4)

Today, Jamie showcases some of the most highly rated and visited of Berlin’s museums, with a focus on some of their most famous exhibits. Look again at Museum Island, but also masterpieces from various Berlin galleries. But there is much more to see than just art, with aircraft, dinosaurs, medieval toys and an entire office being just some of the artifacts on view.

Prenzlauer Berg: Berlin’s Prettiest District? (Dec 11)

Shifting our focus away from the historic centre, explore one of the city’s most attractive residential districts from its beginnings in the late 19th century. Prenzlauer Berg survived the war mostly intact, giving it a distinct character, when it became part of East Berlin. It was a trendy district even then, and has undergone varied phases of gentrification in the last 20 years.

Kreuzberg: Berlin’s Most Vibrant District? (Dec 18)

As a deliberate contrast to Prenzlauer Berg, explore a famous residential district of former West Berlin, to showcase the cultural variety of the modern city. Kreuzberg resists gentrification, is ethnically diverse and vibrant. It is known for its markets, bars, street art and its rawness, making it a draw for visitors who are looking for an authentic experience.

Tickets & Notes:

“Early Bird” Series Ticket ($50): Available until 48-hour prior to the start of the first “trip.”

“Regular” Series Ticket ($60): Available until the start of the last “trip.”

Tickets: …are 1) available for the full series only; tickets are not available on an individual session basis, 2) are per device, not per person on Zoom, and 3) are non-refundable & non-exchangeable.

The Fine Print:

Fortunately, we’ve had very few issues, but just to be clear…

Your Zoom “Event Link”: The Zoom event link will be emailed to all registered guests upon reservation and again about 2-hours prior to each tour. To help it land in your “inbox,” please add the following emails to your contacts:

  • JCC Zoom – Zoom3@marinjcc.org
  • JCC Alliance — alliance@marinjcc.org
  • James Sokol — jsokol@marinjcc.org

Registrants are requested to make sure the email w/link has arrived by the evening of Sat, Nov 25th. If the email does not arrive, please see “Troubleshooting” below.

Have a Comcast email? Please refer to this guide: https://www.xfinity.com/support/articles/spam-filters-and-email-blocking-new-experience.

Troubleshooting: We will do our best to remedy any issues. Registrants who have NOT received the email w/link are asked to check their email “junk” and “spam” folders. If found, please move the email to your inbox. If the email/link is still not there, please contact James (see below) immediately.

Late Troubleshooting: We will try our best – but cannot guarantee – help with Zoom links to guests contacting James less than 30-minutes prior to the event.

Live Only: In agreement with our guides, artists, instructors, special guests, etc., events are not recorded. Make-up sessions are unavailable. Credit/refund is not given for missed events.

Liability: While we will do our best to remedy any issues, The Osher Marin JCC & its Program Partners cannot be held responsible for 1) issues related to Eventbrite or Zoom, 2) ticket buyers not following the instructions above, nor 3) packing, shipping, or deliver services of food/beverages not received in time for tasting events.

Don’t ya just hate “the fine print?!!”

Questions? Email James at jsokol@marinjcc.org.

Still Traveling is created by the Osher Marin JCC (San Rafael, CA) and offered by the National JCC Adult & Senior Alliance. See below for a full list of Alliance Partners.

ALL ARE WELCOME to join in our activities! JCC members, non-members, those who live near or far, people of all backgrounds, faiths, ethnicities, hair styles, fashion choices, chocolate preferences, etc. “The more the merrier!”


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