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Day 2: Atlanta

Posted on June 28, 2016

By: David Whyman First thing in the morning (after a hearty breakfast) we went to the spot in Atlanta where Leo Frank’s pencil factory used to be and learned his story. Leo Frank, we learned, was a Jew from Brooklyn who married into a prominent Jewish family in Atlanta, Georgia. In 1913, when a girl Continue Reading »

Day 1: Atlanta

Posted on June 27, 2016

By 3 PM on Sunday, 30 people from all over America gathered in Atlanta and the 2016 Etgar 36 summer journey had officially begun! After the ice breakers we went to Mama Nikki’s for a pizza and salad dinner. We then came back to the synagogue where we showed a documentary called “The Journey” (thejourneyfilm.com). Continue Reading »

It’s Almost Time!

Posted on June 3, 2016

We can’t wait for our summer journey to begin! On June 26th it’s all happening. Follow along here to see what’s going on!

Day 3- Atlanta, Montgomery, Birmingham

Posted on July 1, 2015

– Jamie Miller Today, we left Atlanta and crossed into Alabama. At the rest stop between state line, we saw a sign that stated “Dare to Defend Our Rights.”This is an example of emphasizing states rights over federal law which stems from the Civil War.  Many southern states believe the jurisdiction of the states is Continue Reading »

Day 2- Atlanta

Posted on June 30, 2015

– Hannah O’Koon We started off our journey visiting the Leo Frank tree at the Pencil Factory, where we learned about the murder of a young girl and the involvement of African Americans and Jews. At the time of Mary Phagan’s murder, a black man was first accused and later Leo Frank was accused and Continue Reading »

Day 1- Atlanta

Posted on June 29, 2015

The 2015 journey has begun! 29 teens flew in to Atlanta and joined 3 local teens as we started our 36 day journey. We spent a few minutes going over some of the expectations we had for the summer as far as behavior and then had some ice breaker games. Once we got to know Continue Reading »

Day 1-Atlanta-by Jane Lurie

Posted on June 30, 2014

Our first day in Atlanta was amazing! Our first stop was at the site of Leo Frank’s pencil factory, where we discussed whether or not Jews were involved in the Civil Rights movement. By telling the story of the murder of Mary Phagan and the trial and lynching of Leo Frank, we understood why many Continue Reading »

The Journey Begins! By Billy Planer

Posted on June 29, 2014

At 4 PM, both the participants who flew in to Atlanta and the local teens from the area arrived at the synagogue we used for our programming for the day. We introduced the ideas and educational philosophies behind Etgar 36 and our expectations of behavior. The staff led some ice breakers, but the teens had already done Continue Reading »

Staff Training 2014

Posted on June 20, 2014

This week saw the completion of our staff training for the Etgar 36 2014 summer journey! We are all incredibly excited for the summer and are so proud to feature our amazing staff team-Tommy Bledsoe, Kiki Rossman-Reich, Sam Forman, Robin Briendel, Mike Herman, and of course, Billy Planer! Every one of our staff members has Continue Reading »

Day 1 – Atlanta – By Dalia Schneider

Posted on June 24, 2013

First, we went to the Pencil Factory – the site of Mary Phagan’s murder, leading to Leo Frank’s lynching, that shaped the Southern Jewish experience and helped determine the Jewish involvement in the civil rights movement. Leo Frank, a Jew, was accused of murdering Mary Phagan but there was overwhelming evidence against him which would Continue Reading »