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January 2017

Dear <<First Name>>,

Happy New Year 2017! I wish you and yours a new year full of health, joy and inspiration. In December, nearly 60 members attended our Annual General Meeting at the Hallesches Haus. Click HERE to see the report back: photos, reports and 2017 outlook. A new Board of Directors for 2017 was elected: I would like to welcome 1st VP Becky Duke (Programs), 2nd VP Karen Castellon (Membership), Secretary Claudia Tessier and Treasurer Jennifer Padfield and am looking forward to a productive and inspiring year working with these wonderfully creative and empowered women.

Speaking of empowered women, our speaker for the January General Meeting is NPR Berlin Bureau Chief, Foreign Correspondent Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson. Join us on Friday, January 13th at 11am to hear her talk about her experiences as an award-winning journalist (see below for details). 

We have two new activity groups starting this month: "Dining-Out" on the weekends with partners (chaired by Indira Faltin & Nisha Missigbrodt), and "20s & 30s" for our members around that age group (chaired by Jennifer Padfield & Elizabeth Heidenreich).  Look out for their events in the upcoming month.

January is the perfect time to detox holiday excess and get started on your nutrition and wellness goals. We invite you to join our two wellness events this month (see below for details - one is happening this coming Tuesday).


We are delighted to announce that The American Women’s Club of Berlin will be producing Eve Ensler’s “The Vagina Monologues”, directed by Molly Moylan Brown. Our production, slated for February, is part of V-Day, Ensler’s powerful and enduring 19-year campaign to end violence against women. In addition to the many roles to be cast - no theatre experience required - we need volunteer support in the areas of tech (sound, lights), set/staging (very simple production values), costume/makeup, publicity & promotion, photography, videography, and program design. Please contact Molly Brown at , indicating which area(s) of this project you’d like to support. There will be 3-4 rehearsals TOTAL (including tech/dress rehearsal).

For more information about the play, read AWC member Allegra Silbiger's recent blog post on V-Day Vagina Monologues.

Looking forward to your participation in this transformative community project!


My-Linh Kunst
President, The American Women's Club of Berlin
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Welcome to our New Members

Nayara Branco
 Anat Gelb-Price
Judith Jaffe

Esme Kan
 Raashi Khanduri
Vivian Lee
Ingrid McCue
 Jennifer Sager
Allegra Silbiger

Brita Stone Bylock 
 Hao Wen

We look forward to seeing you at one of the events below!

Invitation to Monthly
General Meeting

The AWC Berlin General Meeting takes place monthly.  The meeting features club updates, activities sign-ups and a guest speaker.  Guests are invited to attend only one general meeting before joining the Club.

Our speaker for January is Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson, Berlin Bureau Chief for NPR.  International correspondent Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson is based in Berlin and covers Central Europe for NPR. She was previously based in Cairo and covered the Arab World for NPR from the Middle East to North Africa. In 2006, Nelson opened the NPR Kabul Bureau. During the following three and a half years, she gave listeners in an in-depth sense of life inside Afghanistan, from the increase in suicide among women in a country that treats them as second class citizens to the growing interference of Iran and Pakistan in Afghan affairs. For her coverage of Afghanistan, she won a Peabody Award, Overseas Press Club Award and the Gracie in 2010. She received the Elijah Parish Lovejoy Award from Colby College in 2011 for her coverage in the Middle East and Afghanistan. Nelson spent 20 years as newspaper reporter, including as Knight Ridder’s Middle East Bureau Chief. While at the Los Angeles Times, she was sent on extended assignment to Iran and Afghanistan following the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. She spent three years an editor and reporter for Newsday and was part of the team that won the 1997 Pulitzer Prize for covering the crash of TWA Flight 800

When: Friday, January 13, 2016, 11am - 2 pm. After the meeting, we will have a nice buffet lunch together.
Where: Villa del Sol Restaurant, Clayallee 146, 14495 Berlin
RSVP: Invitation has been sent by Evite, please email if you can't find yours.
Transportation: U3 Oskar-Helene-Heim; Bus: 115, N10, X83, 623

Featured Event: Dining Out at 12  Apostel Mitte


 Partners Invited! AWC Berlin is proud to announce the launch of our new monthly Dining Out event, where members and their partners visit fabulous restaurants around Berlin. This is an opportunity for the significant others to meet and socialize.

In January, we visit a classic – the 12 Apostels in Mitte. The Twelve Apostle’s Restaurant or (in German) “12 Apostel” is a feast for both the eyes and the stomach. Beautiful frescos line the interior walls and ceiling depicting the twelve Biblical apostles of Christ. from the Guardian:  An amazing restaurant … “The Twelve Apostles” introduced Berlin to 12 types of pizza named for the 12 apostles. The most popular version is the Judas. I have never eaten food so tasty in such perfect surroundings." For details, click
here and here

When: Saturday, January 14, 2017, 7pm - 9pm
Please RSVP by January 10th to


We are a vibrant group of women of all ages and our members come from not only the USA but from other countries around the world. Please spread the word and invite your friends to join!


AWC Berlin Board and Activity Leaders are currently hard at work to bring you many exciting events in 2017. Please "Watch this Space" for more information about upcoming Special Events! 

Activities -JANUARY 2017



Book Club - Thursday, January 12, 7pm - 9pm. Our Book Club alternates between daytime and evening meetings every other month.  This accommodates our members’ work schedules and also allows for bi-monthly participation. 

This month's book is the #1 New York Times Bestseller and Pulitzer Prize-finalist Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates.  a series of essays, written as a letter to his son, Coates confronts the notion of race in America and how it has shaped American history, many times at the cost of black bodies and lives. A timely work, this title will resonate with all; from those who have experienced racism as well as those who have followed the recent news coverage on violence against people of color.  Please join us for what will surely be a lively discussion.  RSVP to Claudia at 

(Girls) Evening-Out at Hashi  - Thursday, January 19, 7pm.  Hashi Izakaya Japanese Kitchen is Berlin’s original Izakaya; offering Berliners their first glimpse into the culture of sake and tapas from Japan. Located in the heart of Mitte. Izakaya originated in Japan’s pub culture- a little food and a lot of sake and beer! Izakaya is a more communal style of enjoying food, with drinks and several small tapas style dishes shared between patrons. It’s a common way for Japanese people to kick off their Feierabend after work. The style is similar to a Spanish tapas bar, and offers patrons the chance to explore and enjoy many different dishes in one meal. Share your food among yourselves because the Izakaya-experience is all about sharing and exploring different flavours! Please RSVP to


Dining Out Event at 12 Apostel - Saturday, January 14, 7pm - 9pm. See above Featured Event box.

Women's Salon with Sharon Kuckuck - Saturday, January 21, 2 - 4 pm.  
Righting great historical wrongs! A look at Holocaust compensation as a form of reconciliation. What price can be paid to right the greatest theft in human history? Can money and products exchanged by the German government to the state of Israel, make Germany and the Jewish people whole again? Who was served by compensation, the victims alive and dead, the German people and how else can we right great historical wrongs of the past today? This literary salon looks at how these questions were answered in the wake of World War II in regard to the Jewish victims and explores the larger issues facing governments today. Sharon will share her Master's Thesis and looks forward to a lively discussion after her presentation.  RSVP to Jennifer at

Ice Skating Event - Sunday, January 22, 1-3pm. Open to families and guests! Join us for some great ice-skating outdoors around a 400 meter field (click here for information on the venue).  It’s a stadium with a field the size of a football field. They ice down the 400m-ring and the inside field and alternate opening one or the other for skating. There are skates rental but NO lockers.  Meet at the Entrance at 1pm.  Children welcome! For more details, click here. RSVP to Becky at


AWC Berlin Board Meeting - Thursday, January 12, 10:30 am - 1 pm.  

Detox for Energy, Weight Loss and Cleansing, Tuesday, January 10, 2017, 10:30 am - 12 noon. There is no time like January for Detoxing. After the Holiday Season’s indulgences, most of a us are desperate for a body cleanse to leave us feeling lighter and more focused for the year ahead. This workshop will illustrate various ways that you can clean up your existing diet by crowding out the less than healthful food with food that gives you energy and trims off excess weight at the same time. You can expect to leave with a personalized 12 day detox plan, a simple 4 day cleanse and several delicious healthy recipes.  Bring your favorite healthy salad or snack to share afterwards. For more information, click here. RSVP to My-Linh at

Nix Stephens is a South African Holistic Wellness Coach living in Zehlendorf – Berlin. She is a qualified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach and as such believes that healthy eating begins with understanding our individual relationships with food. The way that we nourish ourselves is very telling of how we uniquely feel about ourselves and thus detoxification is a personal project for each of us. She believes that detoxification is necessarily approached with a spirit of experimentation and gentleness. Nix is passionate about supporting others in achieving their personal wellness goals.

Drawing Class in EnglishTuesday, January 17, 2017, 10:00 am - 1pm.  Drawing Class at The Berlin Art Center – and the class is taught in English! Have you always wanted to try your hand at art but didn’t know how to get started? The Berlin Art Class
will host a 3-hour class for AWC Berlin - limit is 8 members. The BAC teaching philosophy is to draw on the techniques and methods of all art periods to inform present art practice. This is not academic in nature but highly practical and embracing of all art forms, “-ism’s”, styles and movements. The studio is lit with full daylight bulbs to create perfect lighting for painting and drawing. Cost is 37.50 Euros per person, payable via wire transfer to AWC Berlin, click here for further details. THIS EVENT IS FULL, but contact
Becky at to get on wait list or get your name on the next class.

Robert Doisneau Exhibit - Thursday, January 19, 11:00 am - 2 pm.  Very few photographers have become famous through a single picture. “Le Baiser de l’Hôtel de Ville” (The Kiss by the Hôtel de Ville) is such a picture, which Robert Doisneau (1912–1994) took in March 1950 in front of a Parisian street café in the Rue de Rivoli. The image of the couple kissing was a work commissioned by LIFE magazine. Although it was staged, it contains an entire story: It became the symbol of Paris as the “city of love”. It is one of the iconic photographs of the 20th century.  The exhibition provides an inside view of Doisneau’s work with around 100 selected photographs – most of them taken during the 1940s and 50s. Location: Martin Gropius Bau, Niederkirchnerstrasse 7.  Meet in the lobby by the ticket desk. Cost: 7 Euro. We’ll go in through the exhibit and have lunch together afterwards in the Cafe. For more details, click here. RSVP to Becky at

Free Concert in the Philharmonie - Tuesday, January 24, 11:00 am - 2pm. Situated only five minutes away from  Potsdamer Platz is the Berlin Philharmonie. Home of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, the venue consists of a chamber music hall and the Berlin Philharmonie itself, both extremely distinctive thanks to their  bright yellow expressionist architecture. For more details, please click here. RSVP to Becky at

Green Week Berlin - Wednesday, January 25, 11:00 am - 3pm. Shake of the Winter doldrums and come join us for a visit to Green Week Berlin (Gruene Woche)! Meet at the North Entrance of Messe Berlin, Messedamm 22,  at 11 am, and we will visit this large international food/beverage event, held annually since 1926.  Last year, over 1500 exhibitors from 65 countries showcased food, wines and champagne, seafood, produce, etc. Cost: 14 Euro. Click here for details. RSVP to Becky at

Essential Oils - Detoxing Workshop - Thursday, January 26, 10:00 am - 12pm. With the New Year comes the chance for a New You!  January is a chance to think about detoxing and getting rid of holiday excess.  Adding essential oils to your daily routine can help your body repair cells and remove toxins from the body.  We will review 10 essential oils that support the natural systems of detoxification in the body.  There will also be a segment focusing specifically on Heavy Metal Detoxing and using essential oils to address the sometimes uncomfortable side effects of the detox process. For information, click here. RSVP to Linda at 

Königliche Porzellan Manufactur (KPM) Factory Tour - Friday, January 27, 10-11:30am. Join us for a fascinating visit to KPM the Royal Porcelain Factory in Berlin. KPM was founded in 1763 when Frederick II of Prussia, also known as Frederick the Great, bought the factory previously owned by a Berlin businessman, then renamed it and took over the staff. KPM was owned by the royal family until the end of World War I. We will tour the exhibit and historic kilns and the demonstration workshops, and finish with a visit to the sales gallery.  Meet in the KPM Cafe, Wegelystrasse 1, 16023 Berlin. For more information, please click here. RSVP to Becky at

Regular Activities:

Kaffee Klatsch is our monthly "Coffee Chat". This month's Kaffee Klatsch is Friday, January 6, 2017, 10.30-12noon.  February's Kaffee Klatsch is Friday, February 10th. Stop by to connect, catch up with old friends or make new ones. No RSVP needed, just show up. There will always be someone there, with whom to chat.  Location: the centrally located Park Cafe, Fehrbelliner Pl. 8, 10707 Berlin (right at the U7 stop). For Details, click here.  

Weekly Pilates in English - Wednesdays 1:30-2:30pm. WE NEED 1-2 MORE PARTICIPANTS! Weekly Mat Pilates in English on Wednesdays 1:30pm – 2:30pm with Diana Kullender, certified Pilates and Yoga teacher from Florida. Bring your own mat and water.  From time to time, we may use Pilates accessories, which will be provided by the teacher. Cost is 12€ per class or 100€ for 10 classes. 
RSVP to My-Linh at 

Weekly German Conversations WEST - Mondays and Wednesdays, 10am-12pm. Come once a week or twice or whenever you can, you don’t have to RSVP, just show up – there will always be a group of us conversing in German. A safe place to practice and develop your skills; sometimes we are joined by AWC Berlin members who are native German speakers and sometimes we teach ourselves. But, be assured it will always be a fun and lively discussion! We meet at Wiener Conditorei at Truman Plaza (Clayallee 175 in Dahlem). For more information, email Theresa at

Weekly German Conversations EAST - Mondays, 12:30pm - 2:30 pm. Come whenever you can, you don’t have to RSVP, just show up – there will always be a group of us conversing in German. A safe place to practice and develop your skills; Our AWC Berlin Conversations EAST leader, Christina, will bring photocopies or email you (if you contact her beforehand) scans from a book that she likes. There are 40 small and manageable chapters, each introducing a grammatical concept and vocab “family.” There’s a realistic dialogue that incorporates that chapter’s concepts. Even if you haven't prepared, be assured it will always be a fun and lively discussion. We meet Mondays at Schiller Backstage in Mitte. For more details, click here.  Please direct your questions to Christina at

BEADING GROUP, led by Susanne Ollmann, welcomes new and established beaders.  We alternate meeting at one another's homes throughout the month, occasionally go shopping for beadmaking tools, stones, and other pieces.  Come discover a craft that is therapeutic, aesthetic, and offers great possibilities for personalized gift-making.  Please contact Susanne Ollmann at

Click JANUARY 2017 For Calendar


FAWCO Update

FAWCO's Target Project Selection Committee has announced the 3 short-listed projects to receive fundraising for the next 3 years from FAWCO clubs.  It is now up to the Clubs to vote on the final selection. AWC Berlin Board will vote on these at our February meeting. Click here for information on the 3 projects and learn more about the voting and selection process.

YOU are invited to go to the UN in New York!

The sixty-first session of the  UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW61) will take place at UN Headquarters in New York from March 13 - 24, 2017. CSW is a powerful experience, gathering thousands of women activists from around the world. FAWCO delegates come to learn, be inspired and be part of all the action. To learn more, check out  UN Women . Find out more about the CSW experience by reading the 2016 FAWCO delegation's  CSW60 Blogs . FAWCO may send up to 20 delegates, and you can attend all or part of CSW. If you are interested in joining FAWCO at CSW, contact me at . The deadline to register is mid-January.
YOU (and your children) can win Education Awards from FAWCO Foundation! Information HERE. Applications due January 27th!!!
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