Read an article by Billy Planer about the Etgar 36 philosophy on social action trips.
Journey Nationally… Act Locally – Turn a common sightseeing trip into a journey of Jewish & American identity, politics and social activism.
Etgar 36 uses the Civil Rights narrative as a way to provide participants with the tools and inspiration to take the next step beyond social action: social activism.
We have designed 2 journeys-our Civil Rights and Memphis journeys- that use the history, sites, and current issues of each city as a springboard to highlight the relationship, and at times, the tension, of the Jewish and American identity. The journeys are a mix of fun, sightseeing, education, and meetings with organizations and people who have been and are still involved in creating America.
The Etgar 36 staff serves as educators, discussion leaders, and logistic planners for your trip. We take care of every aspect of your journey, including transportation, housing, site seeing, and education. We will also serve as tour guides along with the local contacts we have in each city you will visit. Every journey will accommodate your religious observance requirements.
Our goal is to inspire and empower your students to find their voice, get involved in the Jewish tradition of Tikun Olam, “repairing the World,” and to create change in your local community using the lessons they learn on the road.
Our mission is to sharpen our participants’ social and political awareness, critical thinking skills, connection to community, and to empower them to enact change.
Therefore, our journeys have been designed with a specific theme and itinerary to achieve these goals.