As described by members from Am Shalom, in Illinois, "the Civil Rights journey is one in which [those who participated were so moved by their experience, that they were] inspired to come back home and get involved, realizing [that] they currently have power to make a difference." As part of the trip, the participants met with clergy who worked and strategized with Dr. King as well as people who participated in the march from Selma to Montgomery. Additional highlights of the trip included visiting the Rosa Parks Museum, the Edmund Pettus Bridge (where several were beaten during their march), and the Leo Frank site. Leo Frank, a NY Jew, was falsely convicted of murder and was lynched while in Atlanta. 

This was a tremendously meaningful experience for all that participated, and may be an experience that we could provide for Shaarai Shomayim. To determine if this is an experience we should pursue, we would like to assess interest from the congregation. The cost is approximately $1,600, which would cover airfare as well as meals, ground transportation, hotel fees, and programming costs.

If you are interested or have questions, please email Bob Houghton, Tikkun Olam Committee Leader, at by May 10.


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