Founder & Director
Billy Planer is the founder and Director of Etgar 36. He developed Etgar 36 after 20 years of leading synagogue youth programs and educating Jewish young people. He has led numerous trips around America and abroad. Billy graduated with a degree in Psychology and Advertising from Syracuse University and received a Masters in Counseling from the school of Education at Georgia State University. He is from Atlanta.
Kelly Brown is Etgar 36’s Assistant Director. Kelly oversees our day to day operations, plans and runs Journeys, develops and strengthens our alumni relations and creates and implements development opportunities so we can provide more scholarship for our Summer Journey as well as allow us to provide our Civil Rights Journey to under served groups. Kelly has more than 20 years of experience in programming, management and fundraising in the Jewish and nonprofit sectors.
Josh Dubin is Etgar 36’s Associate Director. Josh runs both our programs weekend Civil Rights journeys and 36 day summer cross country experience. As an alumni from the Etgar 36 summer journey, Josh has always had an interest in social justice; motivating him to earn degrees in both American History and American Cultural Studies form the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Pursuing social justice, Josh has worked for a refugee resettlement program and was elected to the Board of Directors for a North Carolina housing cooperative. Now we are happy to have him return home to his roots at Etgar 36.