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 client´s needs we have created a network of our tours throughout Europe.

 

In our many destinations we offer our guests first-hand knowledge and experience of Jewish life today and we share with them our hopes and dreams for the future. Our guides are trained to present you with an eye-opening experience. Let us at Milk & Honey Tours be a part of your next journey and know that you are embarking on a trip you will remember forever.

 

And now a bit about us personally...

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.


Katrin Bergmann

Assistant Manager

 

 

Katrin has been affiliated with Milk & Honey Tours since 2010. With her educational background in Jewish Studies and Economics – not to mention several stays abroad in Israel, among other locales – she has the ideal skill set to support Noa Lerner in the management of the company.

 

After working in the Administration and Managerial Accounting departments of Milk & Honey Tours, she took on a full-time role in 2017 as the Assistant Manager and Senior Group Tour Coordinator.


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.


Maria Josepa Cusidó Fabregas

Development Officer

Maria Josepa Cusidó Fàbregas joined the Milk & Honey Tours team initially for a 3 month Erasmus work experience program, which impressed her so much that she decided to stay on.

 

Maria is originally from Catalonia and speaks fluent Catalan and Spanish, as well as excellent English and German. She has travelled throughout Europe and is very familiar especially with our southern European destinations.

 

Maria studied journalism and humanities with a special focus on the history and culture of Europe. She loves working for and with people, and is fantastic when it comes to working out intricate itineraries and time-tables. These talents combined with her sound organizational skills make her an invaluable support to our team. 


Anastasia Iglesias Papadopoulou

Tour Coordinator

Anastasia comes from Spain and has been living in Berlin since 2002. She speaks fluent Spanish, German and English, as well as some Greek. She spent 20 years in the Restaurant Service Industry, where she gained an in depth knowledge of Customer Service.

 

In 2015 she decided to move her focus to the Tourism and Leisure sector through a retraining program.

 

Anastasia joined Milk & Honey Tours In April 2017 as our intern, working her way through all departments such as Booking, Accounting and Destination Management.


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.

 


Daria Levenchuk

Assistant Group Tour Coordinator

A Kiev native, Daria speaks fluent Ukrainian, Russian, and English, in addition to intermediate German and Hebrew. After completing her studies in Business Administration and Jewish Studies, she gained her first professional experience in hotel operations; sales and marketing; and human resources. Furthermore, she is an expert in the Eastern European region and possesses extensive knowledge of both the hotel and restaurant industries.

 

Joining the Milk & Honey Tours team in September 2017, Daria's particular background makes her uniquely capable of coordinating group tours. She is excited to provide all of our guests with an unparalleled travel experience.


Rose Mardit

Marketing & Destinations Development

Rose Mardit joined the Milk & Honey Tours team in January 2017 and is a creative master when dealing with editorial- and marketing-based work.

 

Detroit-born and New York-educated, her educational and professional background in journalism (Rose previously worked as a music critic) lends itself well to the tasks of contributing to Milk & Honey’s existing written materials and of composing appealing copy for marketing purposes, not to mention executing new strategies.

 

She is an avid consumer of electronic music and vegan desserts in equal measure, and relishes every opportunity to travel.


Anna Pletneva

Tour Coordinator

Anna came to Milk & Honey Tours in February 2017, inspired by her passion of exploring different cultures through traveling. She studied languages in her native country of Russia before moving to France for 3 years. During this time, she taught languages and completed a Masters degree in Cultural Tourism & International Communications.

 

 

Anna speaks English, French, Spanish, German, and Russian. After traveling all over Europe, she finds the element of cultural discovery to be the most exciting part of any journey. Her well-developed sense of planning an excellent trip is a great bonus to her work as a project manager for Milk and Honey Tours.

 

She participates in developing new offers of Jewish heritage tours, particularly in various regions of France, and communicates them to our business partners. Additionally, she is hard at work developing Milk & Honey's very first film tour.

 


Dalia Stoskute

Assistant Tour Coordinator

Coming from Lithuania, Dalia has visited many parts of Europe and has also lived in Lapland. She speaks fluent Lithuanian and English, and is making strides in her pursuit of mastering German.

 

With a Bachelor's degree in Tourism Management, she has been active in travel management since 2010 and takes great satisfaction in planning memorable trips for travelers. Her attention to detail means Dalia is always taking the extra steps to exceed our guests‘ expectations.

 

She is a music lover, bookworm, and coffee addict.

 

 


Elena Stupnikova

Assistant Tour Coordinator

Elena joined the Milk & Honey Tours team in September 2017 as a Hebrew-speaking assistant in booking, marketing, and product development. Originally from Belarus, she also spent 7 years living in Israel.

 

After completing a Bachelor's degree in Marketing & Communications in Prague, she went on to complete a Master's degree in International Marketing Management in Berlin. Her professional and personal competencies have further been developed through various internships in the hospitality industry in Minsk; in an international training consultancy in Andalusia; and in a creative startup in Berlin.

 

Elena speaks 5 languages and has also taken up German. She is eager to explore new destinations and to lend a helping hand whenever and wherever it is needed.


Milena Vasić

Assistant Tour Coordinator

Originally from Belgrade, Milena is a native Serbo-Croatian speaker who speaks fluent English and is additionally working to improve her German and French. She studied archaology and film editing in Belgrade, and is currently working towards completing a PhD at Freie Universität Berlin.

 

As an archaeologist, Milena worked in Serbia, Turkey, and Jordan. She has also served as a guide for Belgrade's tourism board. Milena joined the Milk & Honey Tours team in September 2017 and has since specialized in planning meaningful experiences for our guests.

 

Outisde of traveling, she is interested in politics, history, film, and video games.

 


Lara Zilberkweit

Special Group Tour Coordinator

Lara Zilberkweit joined the Milk & Honey Tours team in summer 2016. She is a multi-national with roots in USA, Germany and the UK, and is also a natural linguist, fluent in German, English and French.

 

Lara has travelled the world extensively and lived and worked in USA, Germany, UK, France, as well as Bhutan and India, developing an in-depth understanding of different nations and an appreciation of country specific ideas, cultural nuances, travel concepts and impressions.

 

She is familiar with many of our destinations and enriches our team with 10 years of international tourism experience. Lara has a great eye for detail and meticulously works out the perfect tour for each individual guest, making her a great contact person for all our clients.


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

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

Berliner Woche, May 2016

 

Michael Metzger: "tip: Shalom Berlin", Michael Metzger, Mar 2015

 

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