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Summer 2017

2017 Day Thirty Five- Washington DC

Posted on July 31, 2017

by Benjamin Berner Washington, D.C. takes on the ever-important task of being the epicenter of political discourse in the United States. Everybody living in the capital has an opinion on every conflict, and this dichotomy spreads throughout the city and the nation through a medium of political bipartisanship. It seems as though the nation has Continue Reading »

2017 Day Thirty Four – Washington DC

Posted on July 30, 2017

by Will Hess We began the day meeting with the National Coalition for the Homeless. There we talked to Chuma, Patty, and Steve. They told their stories about living in poverty, sometimes without a home. At multiple points, they reminded us that homelessness could happen to anyone when only one or two things don’t go Continue Reading »

2017 Day Thirty Three- Washington DC

Posted on July 29, 2017

by Brenden Slomka This morning we began our day in typical fashion, eating breakfast and grabbing coffee before we headed to the Heritage Foundation to discuss the issue of income inequality. The Heritage Foundation was the opposite of United for a Fair Economy with whom we’d met two days prior in Boston. I found out Continue Reading »

2017 Day Thirty Two- Washington DC 

Posted on July 28, 2017

by Adam Light We had a full day of meetings on our first day in Washington DC. First, we went to a meeting with William Daroff, theSenior VP of political affairs for the National Jewish Federations, a widespread Jewish organization that has almost 150 chapters across the country. He works with the local chapters to Continue Reading »

2017 Day Thirty One – Philadelphia and DC 

Posted on July 27, 2017

by Rachel Rosenthal Today wake up was at 7:30 and we had a small breakfast downstairs before heading off to downtown Philadelphia to see some of our nations most historic sites. First we got off the bus to see one of the first synagogues of the colonies. As we stood in front of the Jonathan Continue Reading »

2017 Day Thirty One – Boston and Philly

Posted on July 26, 2017

by Ariana Schwartzberg Today was a relaxing day for everyone on Etgar. We woke up and loaded the bus for Walden Pond. Walden Pond was home to two of America’s greatest writers and philosophers : Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau. We learned about how they both challenged society and had their own views Continue Reading »

2017 Day Thirty – Boston

Posted on July 25, 2017

by Ben Glinsky Today is July 24. We woke up and had a breakfast bar made for us by the hotel. We then had a talk for an hour about the legalization of marijuana and our thoughts on it. This was to prepare us for our upcoming meeting with the National Organization for the Reform Continue Reading »

2017 Day Twenty Nine – New York and Providence 

Posted on July 24, 2017

by Julia Goldenberg  My friend opened the door and yelled at us to wake up. We only had 15 minutes left and had to be down by 9:15. After putting our luggage on the bus, we headed to Harlem to discuss the intersectionality of Jewish activism and the racism that blacks experience as recently been Continue Reading »

2017 Day Twenty Eight- New York

Posted on July 23, 2017

by Michael Shaich We woke up this morning at 8:30. Some of us decided to take advantage of New York’s renowned bagels and made the short walk to grab bagels and shmear before breakfast. At 9:30, we all gathered and took the train down towards Battery Park. At Battery Parkwe looked out and saw Ellis Continue Reading »

2017 Day Twenty Seven – New York 

Posted on July 22, 2017

by Hannah Garfinkle After sleeping in as long as we possibly could, we stumbled down to the lobby and departed for our first stop of the day, Freedom to Marry. We met with Evan Wolfson, a lawyer and activist with a long and almost intimidating list of credentials. Our group is united behind marriage equality, Continue Reading »