In the spring in 2017, 15 high school students from Beth Emet traveled 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 flew to El Paso, Texas on March 27, 2017 and spent six days at Cristo Rey Lutheran Church, an organization that runs the Border Immersion Experience. The trip focused on bridge-building, transformative learning, and action. Along with trained educators and clergy, teens examined life in the borderlands, reflected on themes of race, culture, migration and heard testimony from individuals in the migrant community. The group visited landmarks related to migration, Federal Immigration Court, presentations form the Department of Homeland Security, and visited border checkpoints.
Read the blog the teens kept on their journey.
Fronteras trip in the news!
URJ Journal on Youth Engagement
Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism