Civil Rights Journey (11th-12th Grades) | Congregation Beth Am

Civil Rights Journey (11th-12th Grades)

Civil Rights Journey (11th-12th Grades)

11th-12th Grades
Rabbi Heath Watenmaker and Maddy Winard

This year, we are offering a new program for our 11th and 12th graders. We will meet several times throughout the year at Beth Am to continue our Jewish education, learn about Judaism’s historic connection to the Civil Rights Movement, analyze Jewish texts and continue to build friendships and community. Over Veteran’s Day Weekend (November 9-12), we will fly to the South to participate in the Etgar 36 program. Throughout the weekend, we will put the lessons we’ve discussed into practice.

This Civil Rights journey is one in which our students will become empowered and inspired to return home and get involved, realizing they currently have power to make a difference. We will meet with reverends who worked and strategized with Dr. King as well as people who participated in the march from Selma to Montgomery. These are primary sources. Every one of the speakers make sure our students understand that they can make a difference today.

We will also discuss Jewish involvement in the Civil Rights Movement and how our Passover story correlates so strongly with the Civil Rights story. By visiting the Equal Justice Initative and the Names Project/AIDS Quilt, we will work to better understand that Civil Rights is not an issue that only impacted a specific people in the 1950s and 60s, but is an ongoing issue today, still being fought for by a variety of groups that do not feel that they have a voice in the world.

After the program, we will meet a few more times to continue learning and processing together as a group.

Program cost: $1250 (includes airfare, room and board)


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