8th Grade Civil Rights Trip

The 8th grade trip takes students and their parents to Atlanta to visit important historical sites in the fight for African American civil rights. By the end of the trip, we will have a deeper understanding of why Jews—as a people who have known oppression—must care and act when others are oppressed. Highlights include:

  • A visit to Montgomery, Alabama, to learn about Rosa Parks and the Montgomery bus boycott; as well as the Legacy Museum and National Memorial for Peace and Justice to see the current face of the struggle for civil rights.
  • A stop at the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, and a meeting with someone who participated in the historic march across this bridge.
  • A lesson about Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel and his participation in the struggle for civil rights.
  • Shabbat services and Sunday morning services at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, the historic church of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

All students must be accompanied by a parent.

“The 8th grade Civil Rights Trip was truly an eye-opening tour that broadened our knowledge and strengthened our resolve to support human equality and justice. The itinerary was very thoughtful, and we found each experience valuable and meaningful. Thank you again for enriching our lives!”  —Alice, Michael, Ava and Sarah  

Dates

This four-day trip typically takes place in March, leaving on a Thursday from LaGuardia Airport and returning on Sunday. There will also be a few pre-trip sessions for parents and students.

Registration Details:

Registration includes hotels, transportation, admission to the various sites, and most meals (entree and soft drink/juice). Food while en route to and from Atlanta, transportation to LaGuardia, souvenirs, and appetizers and desserts are not included—some spending money is recommended. The total cost of the trip depends on the number of participants.

Sign Up

Registration materials and deposit are typically due by the Friday before Thanksgiving.