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 and Maddy Winard

What does it mean to look at the world through a Jewish lens? In our first semester, 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 11-14, 2018). 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.

In our second semester, we'll turn inward, exploring Jewish approaches to some of life's big questions relating to God, spirituality, and personal practice. 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: $1,300 (includes airfare, room and board)

Meeting Dates (Sundays):
Dates are subject to change. Check the 5778 Youth Ed Calendar for the most accurate dates.

2017

  • October 15
  • November 19

2018

  • TRIP - January 11-14
  • January 21
  • February 4
  • March 11

 

 

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