Read an article by Billy Planer about the Etgar 36 philosophy on social action trips.
Etgar 36 uses the Civil Rights narrative as a way to provide participants with the tools and inspiration to take the next step beyond social action: social activism.
Our Civil Rights journey uses the history, sites, and current issues as a springboard to highlight the relationship, and at times, the tension, of the Jewish and American identity. The journeys are a mix of fun, sightseeing, education, and meetings with organizations and people who have been and are still involved in creating America.
Theme: “For We Were Once Strangers in a Strange Land”
Participants will learn about the struggles of African Americans to gain equality in the 1950s & 60s as well as discover how Jews were involved in the Civil Rights struggle. Participants will walk away understanding why Jews, as people who have known oppression, must care and act when others are oppressed. The journey can include Atlanta, Montgomery, Selma, and Birmingham. Visits include the Equal Justice Initiative Legacy Museum and Memorial to the victims of lynching, Freedom Park, the site where Leo Frank was lynched, the Rosa Parks Museum, the Martin Luther King Center/Auburn Ave. district, Ebenezer Baptist Church, walking across the Edmund Pettus Bridge, and the 16th Street Baptist Church.
The Etgar 36 staff serves as educators, discussion leaders, and logistic planners for your Journey. We take care of every aspect of your Journey, including ground transportation, meals, housing, site seeing, and education. We will also serve as tour guides along with the local contacts we have in each city you will visit.
Our goal is to inspire and empower your group to find their voice, get involved in the Jewish tradition of social activism, and create change in your local community using the lessons they learn on the road.
Imagine, all you need to do to give your group an experience they will always remember is to contact us!
Please refer to the FAQ page (Click here) to answer common questions about how to organize a trip with Etgar 36.