This spring, 15 high school students from Beth Emet will travel to the border of Texas and Mexico to deepen their understanding of Jewish migration, diaspora, assimilation and connect our history to immigration issues today. Students will fly to El Paso, Texas on March 27, 2017 and will spend six days at Cristo Rey Lutheran Church, an organization that runs the Border Immersion Experience. The trip will focus on bridge-building, transformative learning, and action. Along with trained educators and clergy, teens will examine life in the borderlands, reflect on themes of race, culture, migration and hear testimony from individuals in the migrant community. There will be no typical day on our trip, but visits to landmarks related to migration, Federal Immigration Court, presentations form the Department of Homeland Security and visiting border checkpoints will be included. Reflection sessions, prayer, and study of Jewish texts will be incorporated throughout the trip, to help students process what they experience, individually and collectively. We also plan to connect with Jewish community in El Paso during our stay.
In our studies preparing for the trip, students are already making strong connections between our Jewish history of migration from the time of Abraham to many of the challenges we are seeing today. Given our current political climate, these conversations and our journey to the borderlands seems more urgent than ever before. Throughout the year, Beth Emet students and parents will be fundraising for this trip. Though silent auctions, and other fundraising events, we will work together to ensure that every student who wants to participate on this unforgettable journey will be able to do so.
The actual cost per student for the trip, including flight, is $1,200, though we are asking participating families to pay $700 of that for their child. We're also asking participating families who are able to pay over and above the $700 to do so, and in that way help ensure that everyone who wants to go on the trip will be able to do so.
We need additional support in order to make this trip happen! Checks can be made to Beth Emet Synagogue if you wish to make a donation. Please consider making a donation to help support our fundraising goal of $30,000. With your help, we will be able to create an impactful and empowering experience for Beth Emet teens.