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Sample Itinerary

 

Day 1 – 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 site 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 – Learn about voter suppression happening today with Fair Fight 2020 –

Days 2 & 3 – Montgomery and Birmingham

Discuss the courage to take a stand and start a movement at the Rosa Parks Museum – Understand the connection of slavery to Jim Crow to mass incarceration at the Equal Justice Initiative’s Legacy Museum and Memorial to the victims of lynching –  the 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 – Meet with a former leader of the Ku Klux Klan and hear his story of how he got into  the hate group and found his way out  – 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 our respects to Dr. King at the site where he was murdered at April 4, 1968 and hear the story about the events of that day – 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, Pro Life Texas and pro-choice, NARAL – Celebrate Friday night Shabbat with Beth El Binah -a very friendly Reform congregation

Day 7 – Oklahoma City

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 – Talk about immigration and refugees with the Spero Project

Day 8 – Dodge City

Relive our frontier past at Boothill

Days 9, 10, & 11 – Denver and Boulder

Discuss the second amendment while sitting in front of Columbine High School with a gun control advocate whose son was shot at the school – Visit America’s only Buddhist college, Naropa Institute – Learn the history of the beatniks and Jack Kerouac at the Jack Kerouac Institute of Disembodied Poets – Free time on Pearl Street  – Play at an amusement park – Debate gay marriage 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 – North Rim

Hike some of the canyon and experience the majesty of the Grand Canyon – Learn how to meditate while sitting on the rim of the Canyon

Days 15 & 16 – Las Vegas

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 – Learn how to make healthy life choices and self respect with a teen motivational speaker.

Days 17 & 18 – Los Angeles

Understand the power of redemption and second chances by meeting with former convicts as they learn job and life skills at Homeboy Industries – 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 – Enjoy fresh fruit while learning about the social justice aspect of access to food by speaking to farmers at a farmers market.

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 – 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 – 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 –– Shop on Michigan Avenue –  Experience Wrigley Field – Relax by Lake Michigan – Laugh at Improv Comedy – 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 – Meet with activists to discuss disability rights and the creation of the ADA.

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 –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 a Broadway Show like “Hamilton” and “Come From Away” – Have authentic New York bagels at H&H bagels – Spend time in Central Park – Hear about being a Muslim in America today by meeting with the Imam of the NYU Islamic Center and attending Friday afternoon services.

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

Day 31 – Philadelphia

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 – Enjoy a variety of food at the Reading Terminal Market – Discuss how to make human connections across ideological divides with an African American who has befriended members of the KKK

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 – The Heritage Foundation about a conservative view on economic justice/poverty – Greenpeace who work on environmental issues – NORML who want to legalize marijuana– AIPAC and J-Street who both promote American and Israeli relations and working in the Middle East – 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