Youth Trips

BJBE provides its youth with a variety of youth trip options. Each reflect experiential education at its finest, giving teens a unique new perspective of their Judaism and strengthening their identity as Jews.

ETGAR 36 Teen Civil Rights Journey

Thursday, February 2 – Sunday, February 5, 2017

Join Cantor Rayna Green on a powerful journey through the South this winter. ETGAR 36 is a trip open for 9th, 10th, and 11thgraders. With Judaism as our lens and social justice as our passion, students will learn how African Americans in the 1950s and 60s stood up to gain equality, and they will discover the role that Jews played in the Civil Rights Movement.

During this 4-day learning trip, students will strengthen their Jewish identity as they reflect on the many connections the Jewish people have with the African American community. They will walk away understanding why social justice is such an important value in Reform Judaism, and feeling empowered to make a difference in their home communities. They will also form lasting relationships within the BJBE community, as well as with three other north shore congregations; NSCI (Highland Park), Temple Beth-EL (Northbrook), and Congregation Sukkat Shalom (Wilmette).

On this trip, teens will stand where the civil rights movement all began in Montgomery, Alabama and learn about the Montgomery Bus boycott. They will celebrate Shabbat together at the Edmund Pettus Bridge, the site of the Selma-Montgomery March beatings. They will tour Selma and learn about Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel’s involvement in the civil rights movement. They will go on a walking tour of Birmingham with a Reverend who was a civil rights worker in the 50s and 60s and was arrested, and so much more!

Contact: Cantor Rayna Green,

Information Session: Sunday, September 25, 2016, 1:30 p.m.

Registration Deadline: Monday, October 17, 2016

Jewish Life and G’milut Chasadim Trip to New Orleans

Thursday, March 23 – Sunday, March 26, 2017

Join fellow BJBE congregants in our ninth annual social action mission to New Orleans. We will continue to strengthen interfaith relationships with Christian and Jewish groups in the Crescent City, form new friendships within our BJBE community, and help rebuild communities in need. Together, we will also explore and enjoy the unique city of New Orleans.

Contact: Mike Goldberg,