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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 »

Etgar 36 Featured in Tablet Magazine

Posted on June 5, 2014

“A Different Kind of Summer Vacation: Jewish Teens Take a Bus Across America” Through music, politics, and barbecue, Etgar 36 trips help high-school students develop a sense of identity as Jews and Americans.

Day 34 – Washington D.C., Heading South – By Brandon Kaplan

Posted on July 29, 2013

We started off our last full day early, packed the bus, and headed off to our last meeting. We met with Steve Azerkoff from AIPAC, the Pro-Israeli lobbyist group. AIPAC’a main goal is to show American support to all Israeli decisions. Currently they are hoping for a peaceful resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict via a Continue Reading »

Day 33 – Washington D.C. – By Ellory Wolin

Posted on July 28, 2013

I really don’t know what Jewish life was like before the Holocaust. Perhaps a pious mother with eyes and hair of the same shade of brown waved her soft hands over the Shabbat candles, or maybe, a small boy enjoyed a meal of chicken and a glass of milk. For many years, unknowns persisted, and Continue Reading »

Day 32 – Washington D.C. – By Teddy Magram

Posted on July 27, 2013

After two days of sitting through meetings in upscale DC office buildings, we finally had time to explore DC from a tourist’s perspective. But before we could explore the city, we had to sit through one more meeting that was one of the more  powerful meetings we had. The meeting was with the National Coalition Continue Reading »

Day 31- Washington DC – By Josh Bernstein

Posted on July 26, 2013

Starting things of today we went to the Heritage Foundation; a think tank who’s focus is to uphold conservative views. We spoke to them on what America should do about distribution of wealth.  They had plenty of valid points, but did not seem to be concerned with how much the 1% had or have a Continue Reading »