Jewish History of the American South and the Civil Rights Movement: Past and Present
Jewish History of the American South and the Civil Rights Movement Past and Present
with Chadeish Yameinu of Santa Cruz, CA and Temple Beth El of Aptos, CA
March 11-18, 2024 (Register by: January 15)
$4,075 per person x 23-25 travelers
$3,800 per person x 26-28 travelers
$3,575 per person x 29-31 travelers
$3,400 per person x 32-35 travelers
*Prices are per person and based on double occupancy. Single room supplements are available.
The legacy of the Civil Rights Movement continues to resonate across the country. While progress has been made, persistent challenges related to race and equality necessitate ongoing efforts to combat discrimination and pursue social justice. The historic involvement of Jewish communities, including those in the American South, serves as a reminder of an enduring commitment to a fair and equitable America, transcending religious and cultural boundaries.
This week-long experience presents key sites and perspectives of the civil rights movement, and the opportunity to engage with historic Jewish communities across the region. Meet veterans of the struggle, hear from organizations working to build upon a powerful legacy, and consider our role today.
Highlights & Exclusive Experiences
“MEJDI Exclusive” Socially Conscious Experiences:
TRIP DOES NOT INCLUDE
Rabbi Eli Cohen serves as spiritual leader of Chadeish Yameinu, the Jewish Renewal Community of Santa Cruz. He grew up in a Conservative Jewish home infused with Yiddish language and culture, attended a Jewish day school and has always been actively involved in synagogue life. Rabbi Eli holds a BA in Psychology from SUNY Binghamton and a JD from Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco. After practicing law as a public and juvenile defender, he received smicha (ordination) from Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi and the Aleph Rabbinic Program in January 2005. In the lineage of his teachers, Rabbi Eli brings a strong commitment to bridge religious and progressive values, and to carry the depth and joy of Jewish spirituality and practice into the emerging paradigm.
Rabbi Paula Marcus has served Temple Beth El since 1979, first as a teacher in the religious school and the preschool, then as a co-principal of the religious school, then as a congregational cantor, and as Rabbi beginning in May 2004, upon being ordained by the Academy for Jewish Religion in Los Angeles. She has apprenticed with cantors in the U.S. and Israel, and she received her BA in Judaic studies from SUNY at Binghamton. She also has a masters degree in Rabbinic studies from the Academy of Jewish Religion. She demonstrates her commitment to exploring Jewish prayer and learning as rabbi, cantor, worship service leader, and teacher. Rabbi Paula sees Jewish practice as an ongoing, joyous celebration of God and ourselves. Rabbi Paula is involved in all aspects of the congregation.
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