Every few years Beth Emet runs a teen trip focused on the intersection of Judaism and current social and political issues. Recent trips have included the Sankofa Civil Rights road trip to the South with teens from Second Baptist Church; a week in El Paso, Texas learning about immigration policy, politics, and the lives of migrants seeking to immigrate to America, a trip to Portland, Oregon to build tiny homes and learn about houselessness, and an interfaith tour of Chicagoland with teens of several faith backgrounds.
High School students can expect to have at least one opportunity to take a teen trip over the course of their 9th-12th grade years. All trips are chaperoned by Beth Emet staff including the Director of Youth Programs. Many students feel that these unique trips are amongst their most impactful experiences with Beth Emet. Future teen trips will be announced as information becomes available.
Fronteras Immigration: Beth Emet's Teen Trip 2017
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