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About Us

On the geographical hinge between East and West, Berlin is in a prime position to observe the recent changes in the European Union and take part in the debates and discussions about the role of Europe in the international community. Many of our guests realize that there is not only Jewish history to be found in Europe, but a greater Jewish perspective on related religious, political and cultural issues - and following our clients' needs, we have created a network of our tours throughout Europe.

Check out why our clients book with us!


Our Mission Statement

At its core, Milk & Honey Tours exists because we believe in the future of Jewish life in Europe. With our tours, we strive to unfold the many layers of Jewish history, and to tie that history to the present and future. We believe that remembrance strengthens us all to move forward - remembrance both of the vital contributions to society made by Jews through the ages, and of the atrocities committed against Jews across large portions of European soil. Finally, we believe that a strong European Jewry is important not only for Europe, but for Jewry worldwide.

 

Milk & Honey Tours aims not only to educate and enrich, but also to entertain and add joyful and unforgettable experiences to our customer’s lives. We look for unexpected details, little-known locations, surprising stories, and – most importantly – personal interactions, all of which bring a destination to life.

 


Noa Lerner Sauerbaum

Owner

Born 1965 near Düsseldorf, moved to Berlin in 1999 where she became an active member of the ever-growing Jewish community in the city. Prior to founding Milk & Honey Tours, Noa has worked as an associate researcher in a number of universities and institutions such as Moses Mendelssohn Center at the University of Potsdam, Steinheim Institute for German-Jewish history in Duisburg, The Old Synagogue in Essen and the Westfälische Wilhelms University in Münster. Her professional style, based on excellent inter-personal communications and an ability to make the best possible use of her enthusiasm and outstanding network, is the key to the success of Milk & Honey Tours. 

 

For over a decade, Noa has developed an exceptional knowledge and 'know-how' in the field of Tourism and in particular of 'Jewish Tourism' and she is passionate about the challenging aspects of Milk & Honey Tours, creative and administrative alike. She has cooperated with major local, national and international institutions, such as Centrum Judaicum, Abraham Geiger College, United Jewish Communities, American Jewish Committee, German Tourist Board, Berlin Tourismus Marketing, Jewish Museum Berlin and numerous synagogues and Jewish foundations.


Thomas Benjamin Schmidt

Management Advisor

 

Ben is working for Milk & Honey Tours in the backoffice since 2013. After his education as book-keeper, he studied International Management and has travelled the world for several years.

 

A successful manager in an international design company, he decided after his professional career to dedicate parts of his free time to Milk & Honey Tours. Having traveled with us to several destinations, he developed a passion for our company's mission.

 

Ben is working in accounting, controlling, and wherever he is needed.


Gabriella Körmendi

Guide Trainer

Gabriella is a graduate of Tourism Management and has worked as a Jewish- and Hungarian- Heritage tour guide for over seven years.

 

Prior to this, she spent 11 years working with the Hungarian Jewish Museum & Archives as an events and PR coordinator. She is also a founding member of MAZSIKE (a Hungarian Jewish cultural association) and is a member of the Hungarian-Israeli Friends' Society.

 

Not only does she lead excellent tours for our guests, but her expertise in the area of guide training is second to none. Milk & Honey Tours is extremely lucky to consider her part of the family.





Our Guides

We hand-pick our guides and put great effort into finding a guide who suits you. The key ingredient is  that not only do all of our guides have a vast knowledge-base of local history and Jewish history, but each one also has an area of specialization. Mostly Jewish Studies or History majors, they come from all walks of life…doing a PhD on the Jewish press in the 19th century, acting in the local Yiddish-speaking theater, leading workshops to unlearn anti-Semitism in schools, working at the local Jewish Museum, organizing intercultural meetings, teaching at university or writing books about fascinating topics on Jewish life past and present. Yet knowledge alone is not enough. We work with people who know how to explain complex social and historical realities in understandable terms. Our guides are worldly. Most speak several languages fluently and have lived or traveled extensively in North and South America, Israel, Australia and all over Europe. This is the Milk & Honey Tours’ style: knowledgeable, sensitive, enthusiastic and with love for the ’Jewish way of life.’ Come and meet our guides and have an enlightening conversation you’ll never forget!


Milk & Honey Tours in the Press

Lucy Daltroff: "Feta Attraction in Thessaloniki", Jewish News, Feb 2019

 

Christine Schmitt: "Safranreis zu Purim", Jüdische Allgemeine, Mar 2018

 

Micha Guttmann: "Milk & Honey Tours: Auf Jüdischen Spuren in Europa", Deutschlandradio, Sept 2017

 

Dirk Jericho: "Synagoge im Untergrund: Auf dem Tacheles-Areal stand bis 1945 ein Tempel der Jüdischen Reformgemeinde",

Berliner Woche, May 2016

 

 Phyllis Steinberg: "Vienna Welcomes Jews to its Community", Jewish Journal, Oct 2014

 

Tobias Kuhn: “Europa für Anfänger", Jüdische Allgemeine, Aug 2014

 

"Budapest: A Jewish revival", Cleveland Jewish News, Aug 2013

 

Norman Sklarewitz: "Rebirth of Jewish Life in Berlin", Jewish Journal, Jun 2012

 

Jewish Renaissance: Magazine of Jewish Culture, Apr 2012

 

Christian Find: "Sie wohnten im vierten Stock", Deutschlandfunk Kultur, Dec 2011

 

Mélanie Saint-Hilaire: "Berlin, là où il fait bon vivre", L’actualité, Oct 2009

 

Lucy Daltroff: “Jewish past and present in Berlin”, Times Online, Aug 2009

 

Jeremy Morton: "Jewish Berlin", The Guardian, Nov 2008

 

Hartmut Bomhoff: “Palmas jüdisches Erbe”, Jüdische Zeitung, Aug 2008

 

Kerry McPhedran, “Berlin is Europe’s best bargain”, Special of The Vancouver Sun, May 2008

 

Grete Gaulin, “Tilbake i Berlin”, nytid, Apr 2008

 

Sherman Kadish, Jewish Heritage Europe, 2008

 

"Discover Jewish Germany", Easier - Travel, Nov 2007

 

Lois Gilman, “The Jewish Traveler: Berlin”, Hadassah, Aug/Sept 2007

 

Florian Behr, “Im Paris des Nordens”, Jüdische Zeitung, Mar 2007

 

Hartmut Bomhoff: "'Wir wollen positive Religion'", Kescher, Sep 2006

 David Atkinson, "Puritan Pleasure: A new view of Berlin", Financial Times, May 2006

 

Berlin as a centre for Jewish tourism”, European Jewish Press, May 2006

 

Lutz Lorenz, “Wissen, wo man aufhören muß – Jüdische Städtetouren in Berlin und Wien”, Jüdische Zeitung, Mar 2006

 

Phyllis Steinberg, "Tracing Jewish history in Berlin", Tasty Travel, Aug 2005

 

Jewish Berlin Reconsidered”, the blueprint, Feb 2005