Teen Trips

Domestic Teen Trip: A Civil Right Journey

Service Learning Trip

Domestic Teen Trip: A Civil Right’s Journey

Who: 8th and 9th graders

What: Join us as we venture south to learn about the civil rights movement of the 50’s and 60’s and explore the struggle for racial justice and equality happening today. Our partner organization, Etgar 36, is dedicated to “developing the future political voice by taking Jewish teens on journey throughout America, developing their identities, and empowering them to get involved politically and socially to change the world”.

Participants will learn firsthand from individuals who were involved in the battle for equality. We will explore the link between Jews and the Civil Rights movement, and understand why Jews, as a people who have known oppression, must care and act when others are oppressed. As Jews, what can we do to ensure a bright future for all of humanity? What is our Jewish obligation towards others? What does Judaism say about our role in standing up for basic human liberties?

When: Thursday, January 12 – Monday, January 16

Where: Birmingham and Montgomery, Alabama and Atlanta, Georgia

Application information:

Applications will are due on October 16th. Priority is given to those who apply on time. Contact awasser@bj.org for an application.

Trip Highlights include but are not limited to: Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, Freedom Park & 16th Street Baptist Church, tour by Reverend who was a Civil Rights worker in Birmingham in the 50s & 60s, Rosa Park Museum, King Center & Tomb of Dr. King, Sunday morning services at Ebenezer Baptist Chruch.

Cost: $1,300. We want every teen to be able to participate in our programs regardless of cost. Please click here to apply for scholarship toward this trip. All scholarship requests must be complete by Sunday, October 16. If you are able, please also consider making an additional contribution towards the program.

Flight Information:
January, 12
Delta, flight 5117
Departs at 8:50PM, from LGA. Arrives at 10:43PM, in Birmingham, Alabama

January 16
Delta, flight 866
Departs at 12:05PM, from Atlanta, Georgia. Arrives at 2:25PM, at JFK


Service Learning Trip

Dominican Republic: Sunday, February 19 – Sunday, February 26

Who: 10th, 11th, and 12th graders

Partner Information: We will be partnering with Visions Service Adventures. We have partnered with Visions in the past, and had only positive experiences over the years. Visions runs international service programs year round and is dedicated to experiential learning and helping others.

Application information: Please complete this form no later than Sunday, October 16

Flight Information: Delta
February 19
Delta 493
Depart JFK 8:35AM Arrive Santo Domingo 1:30PM

February 26
Delta 500
Depart Santo Domingo 6:50AM Arrive JFK 9:35AM

Staff: Rabbi Marcelo Bronstein, Ayala Wasser, and David Lieberman

Housing: The residence is a home in the Sabana Perdida neighborhood. Accommodations are basic, but ample and with bathrooms and showers.

Learning and Shabbat Information: Our service will be interspersed with learning sessions so we can reflect and process the work that we are doing in small groups and all together. We are looking forward to spending Shabbat in the Dominican Republic and building community in a meaningful way away from home.

Service Information: Throughout the week we will work on 2-3 different projects, including construction and time in local schools. Service will occur in the San Luis batey neighborhood.

Touring Information: We will have time to visit the historic Zona Colonial, a focal area of the rich and turbulent Dominican history. We will likely visit a Batey (traditional cane cutting) neighborhood, spend parts of afternoons at renowned beaches, and mix in other activities that will set this trip apart. Our afternoons and evenings will be spent immersing in the culture around us, and a highlight will include home-hosted dinners from the local families.