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.
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 from 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.