Etgar 36

Virtual Conversations for Your Group That Are So Timely for America Today

Billy Planer founded Etgar 36 in 2003 as a political and social justice summer program for Jewish teens. For the past 17 summers, students have journeyed across America engaging in difficult and uncomfortable conversations with multiple sides of social and political issues to develop their opinion and voice.

Since 2004, Etgar 36 has run three day Civil Rights journeys to the American South for adults, teens, schools, and organizations. We engage with the history of the Civil Rights movement and learn the strategies and tools used to create change and how we can apply them to issues today and continue the struggle to make America a more perfect union.

To date, over 28,000 people have been on an Etgar 36 journey.

The Conversations

JEWS AND BLACKS IN THE CIVIL RIGHTS ERA AND NOW: MIDRASH AND FACT

A great primer for Jewish groups before having more in depth programming about racism and/or inter racial programming. Explore the reality of the relationship between the Jewish and Black communities during the Civil Rights era. Why were there Jews on both sides, and the sidelines, of the Civil Rights movement? What was the role of Judaism in the activism of young people in the 1960s? What are the implications for the streets of America today?

 

HOW TO BE COMFORTABLE HAVING UNCOMFORTABLE CONVERSATIONS: TURN DOWN THE HEAT

America is so split that trying to speak across the divide feels impossible. Whether it is one on one, with friends, family or your community, discussions about race, politics or Israel seem to be too heated and contentious to have. How can we have these important and necessary conversations without “all the heat”? How can you practice self-care as you enter into uncomfortable conversations? How to rethink what success looks like during a difficult conversation.

 

Each conversation is between 60 – 90 minutes and includes time for questions and answers.

Groups that have already had Billy lead these conversations include:

  • The Atlanta Rabbinical Association – how to have uncomfortable conversations about race
  • Camp Ramah Darom – training staff on how to have uncomfortable conversations
  • Congregation Shaarei Shomayim (Lancaster, PA) – Jewish and Black relations and activism

For More Information

For more information and to set up a program, please contact Billy Planer at billy@etgar.org.