Prior to our discussion with the pro-life activist today, last night we had a discussion about the facts, ideas, and concepts of abortion. The discussion had a range of topics including the definition of abortion, Roe v. Wade, the beliefs of those who are pro-life, and the beliefs of those who are pro-choice. Today we Continue Reading »
We started off our second day in Memphis by going to Graceland, the home of the King – Elvis Presley. His taste and style was eccentric and interesting, with carpets on the ceiling. In addition the mansion also highlighted how successful Elvis was besides his early years, which is what many people think of. He Continue Reading »
Today we traveled from Birmingham Alabama to Memphis, Tennessee to learn about the impact of rock and roll on the history of civil rights. We ate lunch at Elvis’s birth home in Tupelo and then got back on the road and listened to Billy’s classic rock and blues music that was made in, or Continue Reading »
Today we left Atlanta and set out for Alabama. As we crossed the state line, Billy started blaring “Sweet Home Alabama.” In my opinion, small gestures are what make the trip a step above the rest. When we reached Montgomery, we stopped at the city’s minor league baseball store. The baseball team is called the Continue Reading »
First, we went to the Pencil Factory – the site of Mary Phagan’s murder, leading to Leo Frank’s lynching, that shaped the Southern Jewish experience and helped determine the Jewish involvement in the civil rights movement. Leo Frank, a Jew, was accused of murdering Mary Phagan but there was overwhelming evidence against him which would Continue Reading »
Etgar 36 2013 has started off well! Everyone made their way to Atlanta from places as far away as Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Boston and even Singapore! As Etgar groups in the past have also done, the teens began to make friends immediately. . We began by introducing the themes behind Etgar 36 Continue Reading »
Read an article by Etgar 36 founder Billy Planer about how we think of social action and social learning trips.
Billy Planer was the guest host on “E Street Nation”, a talk show hosted by noted rock music author and authority Dave Marsh. Listen to the excerpts where Billy speaks, and tells stories, about Etgar 36.
Etgar 36, an Atlanta based Jewish educational venture created by Billy Planer, has been named one of the nation’s 50 most innovative Jewish nonprofits in Slingshot, a resource guide to Jewish innovation.
Our first-ever reunion was a smashing success! We chose New Orleans because it is one of the major cities that we are not able to visit during the summer. It also, unfortunately due to Hurricane Katrina, has many valuable lessons for us to learn about the state of our country.