Judaism as Political and Personal: Exploring the Civil Rights Journey and Your Own Jewish Journey (11th-12th Grades) | Congregation Beth Am

Judaism as Political and Personal: Exploring the Civil Rights Journey and Your Own Jewish Journey (11th-12th Grades)

Judaism as Political and Personal: Exploring the Civil Rights Journey and Your Own Jewish Journey (11th-12th Grades)

11th-12th Grades
Rabbi Heath Watenmaker

What does it mean to look at the world through a Jewish lens? Together, we will explore this question by looking at the world around us, using the Civil Rights movement of the 50s and 60s as a case study for how that generation of Jews expressed their Jewish values through their participation in that movement.

The centerpiece of this trip will be a Civil Rights Journey through the South over MLK Weekend (January 16-19, 2020). We will visit some of the most important sites of the Civil Rights movement of the 50s and 60s and meet with individuals who lived through this challenging moment in American history. We will also explore the Jewish values that animated Jewish participation in the Civil Rights movement then and that still inform our lives and our commitment to Social Justice now.

Throughout the year, we will learn together through informal discussions as we consider Jewish wisdom throughout the ages on these topics. Students will develop the tools they’ll need to find their own answers as well, and consider how to start “packing” their Judaism for the next stage of their lives.

Program cost: $1,450 (includes airfare, room and board)

Meeting Dates for the 2019-20/5780 School Year (Sundays, 1:30 - 3:00 PM):
Dates are subject to change.

  • October 13, 2019
  • November 17
  • January 16-19, 2020 -- Civil Rights Journey
  • February 2
  • March 1
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