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Sample Itinerary

This is a compilation of the activities from the past three summers. Of course, your itinerary will vary slightly.

Day 1 & 2 – Atlanta

Meet your fellow journeyers – Pay tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King at his gravesite – Relive the horror of the Leo Frank lynching at the tree where it happened and see how it forged the identity of the Jewish South – Walk on Sweet Auburn Avenue, the mecca of Black America in the mid 1900s – Drink all you want at the Coca Cola Museum – See the AIDS Quilt at the Names Project

Day 3 – Montgomery and Birmingham

Discuss the courage to take a stand and start a movement at the Rosa Parks Museum – Hear about hate groups at the Southern Poverty Law Center – Relive the fight for Civil Rights at Freedom Park with someone who participated in the protests – 16th Street Baptist Church

Day 4 – Memphis

Birth home of Elvis – Understand how rock and roll helped mainstream America get involved in the Civil Rights struggle at the Museum of Rock and Soul – Gibson Guitar Factory – Walking tour of Beale Street – Listen to the live blues in music halls on Beale Street

Day 5 – Memphis and Little Rock

Graceland – Relive the beginnings of rock and roll at Sun Studios – Understand the entire movement at the Civil Rights Museum – Pay respects where Dr. King was assassinated – See where 9 teens started desegregating America at Central High School

Day 6 – Dallas

Discuss legacy of John F. Kennedy at the Grassy Knoll – Sixth Floor Museum – Listen to the conspiracies surrounding the assassination of JFK at the Conspiracy Museum – Argue the issue of abortion with members of the right to life organization, Operation Rescue and pro-choice, NARAL – Celebrate Friday night Shabbat with a small and very friendly Reform congregation

Day 7 – Oklahoma City

Learn about the struggle for equality at the Women’s Museum – Hear about the bombing of the Murra Federal building from a survivor of the blast and learn about the militia movement from a member of the Oklahoma City militia – Go to a baseball game

Day 8 – Dodge City

Relive our frontier past at Boothill

Days 9, 10, & 11 – Denver and Boulder

Debate health care in America with health insurance companies – Visit America’s only Buddhist college, Naropa Institute – Discuss the history of the beatniks and Jack Kerouac at the Jack Kerouac Institute of Disembodied Poets – Free time on Pearl Street – Discuss the second amendment while sitting in front of Columbine High School with a gun control advocate whose son was shot at the school – Play at an amusement park – Explore the gay marriage issue with the religious right at Focus on the Family – Learn about hunger in America by visiting Food Bank of the Rockies – Explore the natural beauty of the red rocks at Garden of the Gods

Day 12 – Salt Lake City

Debate the right to bear arms with the NRA – Relax and work out at the JCC – Tour the Mormon Church – See a concert at a music and arts festival

Day 13 – Zion National Park

Hike and explore Zion National Park – Discuss drilling in Alaska and the preservation movement – Relax at the pool – Go star gazing at night – Enjoy nature at it’s most beautiful – Have a Reconstructionist Friday night service outside in the awesome scenery

Day 14 – Grand Canyon

Hike some of the canyon – Experience the majesty of the Grand Canyon

Days 15 & 16 – Las Vegas

Discuss issues concerning water usage at Hoover Dam – Explore the sights of the Las Vegas strip at night – See Blue Man Group – Relax at the hotel pool – Hear about the pros and cons of Labor Unions and discuss minimum wage vs. living wage at one of the largest unions in America – Meet with members of the Tea Party and understand their movement

Days 17 & 18 – Los Angeles

Discuss power, hatred, and tolerance at the Museum of Tolerance – Explore Hollywood and meet with a movie studio whose goal is to produce movies with social action themes – Go to a Poetry Slam – Experience the atmosphere and interview people on Venice Beach – Discuss race relations in South Central – Discuss the power of addiction at a synagogue for former addicts and prisoners – Have dinner with the congregants and hear their stories – Compare and contrast the neighborhoods of South Central and Beverly Hills

Day 19 – The California Coast

See and play on America’s most beautiful coastline

Days 20 & 21 – San Francisco

Learn how young people can be empowered to create change while exploring Berkeley – Visit the old beatnik haunts in North Beach and understand the impact of illiteracy at City Lights Bookstore with a man who learned to read at the age of 45 – Learn about Harvey Milk and the gay rights movement in the Castro District – Relive the 60s in Haight Ashbury – Walk through San Francisco’s many varied neighborhoods – Hear about the Free Trade movement and why people protest the WTO and World Bank at Global Exchange – Have Friday night services with a neighborhood minyan

Days 22 & 23 – Chicago

Look out over Chicago at the Sears Tower – Indulge in deep dish pizza – Meet with a leader of the 1970s radical group “The Weathermen”, who bombed federal buildings to protest the Vietnam war – Shop on Michigan Avenue –  Experience Wrigley Field – Relax by Lake Michigan – Laugh at Improv Comedy – Understand the future of the media and how to be a savvy consumer of media with the Dean of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism – Walk around the Chicago Art Institute – Learn about the riots of the 1968 Democratic Convention where they happened at Grant Park – Spend time at the museum of the Art Institute of Chicago – Discuss prison reform and figure out what we should do with the justice system in America

Day 24 – Akron and Cleveland

Experience the turmoil of May 4, 1970 at Kent State where 4 students were killed while protesting the Vietnam War with a tour of the site guided by a man who survived the shooting – Understand the impact of music at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum

Days 25, 26, & 27 – New York City

Experience a Bruce Springsteen concert at the Meadowlands in New Jersey – Relive our ancestors journey to America at Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty – Understand our power to change the world by meeting with American Jewish World Service – Discuss immigration and assimilation at the Museum of Jewish Heritage – Feel the impact of Ground Zero – Talk about the need to combine commerce and compassion on Wall Street – Celebrate Shabbat at Bnai Jeshurun – Eat at a New York Deli – Explore Greenwich Village, Little Italy, Chinatown and the Lower East Side – Relax in Central Park – See plays like “Avenue Q” and “In The Heights” on Broadway – Have authentic New York bagels at H&H bagels – Spend time in Central Park

Days 28, 29, & 30 – Boston

Have an authentic Italian dinner in the North End – Walk the Freedom Trail – Free time in Fanuiel Hall and Quincy Market – Reflect at Walden Pond – Wander around Harvard Square – Discuss economic justice/poverty with local organizations – Meet with communists at Revolutionary Bookstore to hear their theories of leadership – Tour the John F. Kennedy Library

Day 31 – Philadelphia and Baltimore

See Dave Matthews in concert – Celebrate and debate the Constitution at the Constitution Museum – See the Liberty Bell – Free time on South Street – Enjoy the “Lights of Liberty” light show – Discuss the First Amendment and the freedom and responsibilities of the press with the editor of the Baltimore Jewish Times

Days 32-35 – Washington, DC

Meet with Rep. John Lewis who was a leader of the Civil Rights movement and Dr. Martin Luther King’s right hand man – Meet with your Congressional representatives – Jubilee USA who want to forgive third world debt – The Heritage Foundation about a conservative view on economic justice/poverty – Greenpeace who work on environmental issues – NORML who want to legalize marijuana – Amnesty International who work on human right issues – The Religious Action Center, who are the Reform Movement’s political action group – AIPAC who promote American and Israeli
relations – Interview protestors in front of the White House – Visit the Korean and Vietnam War Memorials and meet with some veterans – Explore the Smithsonian Museums and the Holocaust Museum – Walk through the Roosevelt and Lincoln Monuments – Laugh at the Capitol Steps Comedy troupe – Meet with Republican Political consultants – Reflect on this political experiment we call America and democracy at the Thomas Jefferson Memorial – See Sir Paul McCartney in concert

Day 36 – Charlotte

Relax and wrap up party