Etgar 36

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Day 8 – Denver & Colorado Springs – By Ellory Wollins

Posted on July 2, 2013

A “late” wake up and self made waffles in the lobby of the Best Western in Denver kicked off our 10th day of Etgar 36. As Billy says, “this is a journey,” and today, we embarked on a leg of our trip most crucial to our personal evolution as American and global citizens. After waffles Continue Reading »

Day 8 – Denver – By Izzy Anthony

Posted on July 1, 2013

  We woke up at 7:00 to “get the hell out of Dodge” and head to Denver. The view out the windows of the bus was amazing. After about a five hour bus ride, we arrived. The first thing we did in Denver was go to the Food Bank of the Rockies. A man named Continue Reading »

Day 7 – Oklahoma City & Dodge City – By Hannah Hurowitz

Posted on June 30, 2013

Today we headed to Dodge City, Kansas, home of the heartland. Dodge City is well known for being a wild frontier of the Old West. Before getting on the road we had a discussion lead by Kiki about the environment. We were debating whether or not global warming is  natural or caused by humans. After Continue Reading »

Day 6 – Dallas and Oklahoma City – By Jonathan Tonis

Posted on June 29, 2013

This morning, we began in Dallas with a short drive to the same community center we visited for services the night prior. While there, we had an in depth discussion about the pros and cons of gun control in America. This discussion helped us prepare for our gun control discussions on later dates. Gabe led Continue Reading »

Day 5 – Little Rock & Dallas – By Amanda Rosner

Posted on June 28, 2013

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 »

Day 4 – Memphis & Little Rock – By Josh Forman

Posted on June 27, 2013

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 »

Day 3 – Tupelo & Memphis – By Noah Newfield

Posted on June 26, 2013

  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 »

Day 2 – Montgomery & Birmingham – By Ilana Berghash

Posted on June 25, 2013

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 »

Day 1 – Atlanta – By Dalia Schneider

Posted on June 24, 2013

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 »

Getting to know each other!

Posted on June 23, 2013

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 »