Jews of Color Affinity Group

Jews of Color and their Families Civil Rights Journey

Children and adults (11+)

Join the EDCJCC and Etgar 36 for a journey through the Southeast to learn about the Civil Rights Movement, April 4-7, 2024.


The Edlavitch DCJCC is partnering with Etgar 36 to offer a three and a half day trip to the South to learn about America’s history of racism, the civil rights movement, and how issues of race continue to permeate life for people of color today. This trip is specially organized for Jews of Color and their families

Trip dates are April 4 – 7, 2024. 

Highlights will include a service at Dr. King’s church, the Equal Justice Initiative’s Memorial to Peace & Justice and Legacy Museum; the Rosa Parks Museum, walking in the footsteps of Civil Rights giants across the Edmund Pettus Bridge, and much more.  

Please note that kosher dietary laws are not observed during this trip, but vegetarian options will be available. This trip will include traveling on Shabbat and does not accommodate full Shabbat observance.

Ready to learn more? Check out the FAQ below!


Individuals/families who identify as Black, African American, biracial, mulitracial, or otherwise identify as people of color and their families. The trip is designed for those who are 11 years old and older. Families are encouraged to attend. 

The trip will be co-facilitated by staff at Etgar 36, which has over 18 years of experience leading this educational trip, and Yolanda Savage-Narva, a DC-based Jew of Color who is a leader in our community. Yolanda is currently the assistant vice president of Racial Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (REDI) for the Union for Reform Judaism

4 in a room – $785 per person
3 in a room – $915 per person
2 in a room – $1,015 per person
1 in a room – $1,115 per person

The prices above include hotel stays Thursday-Sunday, all meals beginning with Friday breakfast and ending with Sunday breakfast, all ground transportation, admissions, and programming costs.

Prices above do not include airfare.

A $250 per-person deposit is due by December 15, 2023 to secure your spot on the trip. This deposit is refundable until January 19, 2024. Full payment is due by January 19, 2024.

We recognize that cost may be a barrier to participating in this experience, and we have a limited number of scholarships available to help individuals and families be able to join us. Scholarships will cover the full amount of the trip program fee, which ranges between $1,035 – $1,365 depending on the number of people per hotel room, WITHOUT airfare. Participants are still responsible for their airfare costs. Please fill out a brief Scholarship Request Form if cost is a barrier.

If you have any questions please reach out to Sonya Weisburd.

Click here to see a sample itinerary. Note that specific times and activities are subject to change.

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