Etgar 36

Summer 2014

Day 8-Denver-by Samson Pollak

Posted on July 7, 2014

Today started off with us “getting the hell out of Dodge” City at 8AM, which, I must tell you, is not the prettiest sight. After a long bus ride, we finally arrived at the Food Bank of the Rockies, our first stop in Colorado. We were greeted there by Buck, one of the workers at Continue Reading »

Day 7-Dodge City-by Zack Zand

Posted on July 6, 2014

To start off the day, Kiki led a discussion about the environment. During this talk, we discussed current issues such as global warming, pollution, and sources of energy. This will get us ready for when we meet with both climate change deniers and the Sierra Club. When the conversation concluded, a bunch of us sat Continue Reading »

Day 6-Oklahoma City-by Max Marcovitch

Posted on July 5, 2014

For me, today epitomized the Etgar 36 experience as a whole. In going from the most somber of emotions to joking around with friends in mere hours, I have learned to expect the twists and turns that come with this journey. The first thing we did today was have a “framing” discussion on the heated Continue Reading »

Day 5-Dallas-by Evan Simon

Posted on July 4, 2014

Yesterday we had our first meeting about a real life issue in the United States. In the morning we got on the bus at 7:00 to go to Dallas. Our first stop was at an LBGT temple in Dallas to use a meeting room for our upcoming discussion with the Pro Life group. This was the same Continue Reading »

Day 4-Memphis and Little Rock-by Justin Baronoff

Posted on July 3, 2014

Today was a great adventure! We began in Memphis for a second day, visiting Elvis’ mansion Graceland. The whole place was very exciting. My favorite part of the house was Elvis’ racquetball room, where he would hang out and play games. This is where Elvis’ costumes, records, and awards were shown, which was both amusing Continue Reading »

Day 3-Tupelo and Memphis-by Hanna Planer

Posted on July 2, 2014

Today, when we rolled out of Birmingham, it was only a short trip to Tupelo, Mississippi. For years, my dad has been talking about taking me and my little sister to see the birthplace of Elvis, and now the joke is on them because I saw it all! Not only did I take pictures on Continue Reading »

Day 2-Montgomery and Birmingham-by Jordan Kaplan

Posted on July 1, 2014

Our first day on the road went swimmingly. After a two and a half hour ride from Atlanta, we pulled into Montgomery, Alabama. We quickly hit the city, where we traveled back to the start of the Civil Rights movement. This movement was sparked by Rosa Parks, whose actions inspired the bus boycott in Montgomery. 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 »