TBA Trip to the South
Temple Beth Am’s April 2020 trip to South Carolina, Georgia, and Alabama will feature a range of southern and Jewish experiences: from the early colonial history of Charleston and Savannah to the legacy of the Civil Rights Movement in Selma and Birmingham to contemporary commemoration of lynching and enslavement in Montgomery. Along the way, we’ll enjoy great food, beautiful scenery, and connect with members of southern Jewish communities.
April 19-29th, 2020;
Program begins morning of April 20th
*Subject to change.
Sunday, April 19 | Charleston
Arrive in Charleston. Overnight at Hyatt Place Charleston
Monday, April 20 | Charleston
Take a walking tour of Charleston’s Lower Peninsula and learn about the early history of the city’s Jewish community | Explore historic Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim, one of the oldest synagogues in the United States, and the Coming Street Cemetery | Experience the history of enslaved people in Charleston at the Old Slave Mart Museum, before spending an afternoon on your own enjoying the city’s historic sites and art museums. Overnight at Hyatt Place Charleston.
Tuesday, April 21 | Charleston and Savannah
Meet one of the South’s pre-eminent Jewish historians and founding director of the Jewish Heritage Collection at the College of Charleston | Commemorate Yom HaShoah with a walk to Charleston’s Holocaust memorial and a conversation about southern Jews and the Holocaust | Travel to Savannah to visit the third oldest Jewish congregation in America.
Have community dinner at local restaurant and overnight at the Andaz Savannah.
*Lunch, and dinner included
Wednesday, April 22 | Savannah
Experience 200 years of art, architecture, and history in Savannah at the Telfair Museums | Go back in time on Savannah’s trolley system, exploring the city’s maritime, architectural, colonial, and literary history—Flannery O’Connor called Savannah home. Overnight at Andaz Savannah
Thursday, April 23 | Macon and Atlanta
Get your first taste of small-town Jewish life in Macon, home to two active congregations and a museum dedicated to the Allman Brothers, who lived here in the mid-1970s | Dive into the Jewish history of Atlanta with the director of the William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum’s extensive archives. Overnight at Artmore Hotel.
Friday, April 24 | Atlanta and Birmingham
Reflect on Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacy at the King Center for Nonviolent Social Change | Visit Emory University and hear from the director of Emory’s Center for Ethics, Dr. Paul Root Wolpe, and other local Jewish scholars and community leaders| Enjoy Shabbat services and dinner with Birmingham’s Conservative congregation, who will be eager to tell you about Jewish life in the South. Overnight at Hotel Indigo. *Shabbat Dinner included
Saturday, April 25 | Birmingham
Spend the day learning with members of Birmingham’s Conservative congregation | Learn about the important work of the Birmingham Holocaust Education Center | Celebrate Havdalah as you reflect on the diversity of American Jewish identities. Outing to Gip’s Place, a juke joint and blues lover’s dream. Overnight at Hotel Indigo. *Shabbat Lunch included
Sunday, April 26 | Birmingham and Montgomery
Spend a relaxing morning at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens | Attend services at the 16th Street Baptist Church, site of a bombing that killed four young girls in 1963, during the height of the Civil Rights Movement | Enjoy lunch in what was once a major Jewish department store that played a role in the 1963 boycotts in the city | Explore the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, Kelly Ingram Park, and the city’s Civil Rights district with a Birmingham native and public school educator. Overnight at Renaissance Montgomery.
Monday, April 27 | Montgomery
Learn about Montgomery’s Jewish founder and his connection to the Creek nation at Old Alabama Town | Visit Dr. King’s church and parsonage | Face the history of slavery, lynching, Jim Crow, and mass incarceration in America at the National Memorial for Peace and Justice and The Legacy Museum: From Enslavement to Mass Incarceration | Debrief your experience and learn about the current fight for equity in America with staff members of the Equal Justice Initiative. Overnight at Renaissance Montgomery.
Tuesday, April 28 | Day Trip to Selma
Experience small-town Jewish life in conversation with the last remaining congregants of Temple Mishkan Israel and the current caretakers of the Harmony Club, once a thriving Jewish social club | Visit to the Old Depot Museum, an 1891 railway depot containing artifacts and exhibits from the beginning of Selma's history through the Civil War and the Civil Rights Movement. | Learn about the Live Oak cemetery where you will see the Jewish section and the section maintained by the Daughters of the Confederacy (includes memorial of 1st Grand Wizard of the KKK, Nathan Bedford Forrest, and the grave of the politician and KKK member, Edmond Pettus) only a few hundred feet away | Tour of Sturdivant Hall Museum, a Greek Revival Antebellum Mansion, and lunch on site | Follow in the footsteps of heroes on a walking tour of Selma, including Brown Chapel AME Church, the Jackson House (where MLK and Rabbi Heschel stayed), the National Voting Rights Museum and Institute, and the Edmund Pettus Bridge. Head back to Montgomery, for closing dinner. Overnight at Renaissance Montgomery. * Lunch and Dinner included
Wednesday, April 29 | Montgomery
Return to Los Angeles with a new perspective on American Jewish history and Jewish life in the South.
**Breakfast included each day.
*Add $1350 to total cost for single occupancy
** Let us know if you have a preferred roommate (not guaranteed)
*** Pay by check = no fee OR cc = $90 fee -or- $120 single supplement
Included in cost:
Hotels, tour guides, tips, bus transportation, entrance fees, breakfast, 4 dinners, 4 lunches
Domestic flights and transportation to/from airport are not included
Payments will be in 2 installments:
1) First is $1800 ($500 is non-refundable) due by November 5
2) Second payment will be due by Dec 1st, and will be determined by the number of participants
$1300 can be refunded prior to November 30, 2019
Cancellations after November 30th are non-refundable
Two nights in Charleston, SC- Hyatt Place
Two nights in Savannah, GA- Andaz
One night in Atlanta, GA- Artmore
Two nights in Birmingham, AL- Hotel Indigo
Three nights in Montgomery, AL- Renaissance
All participants are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to purchase travel insurance with 14 days after making any deposit. There are many options for this, one that has been suggested to us is TravelGuard.com. Be sure to read the full policy and indicate any pre-existing conditions when you enroll.
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