And From These Words, Torah Increases: Conversations With People You Disagree With

And From These Words, Torah Increases: Conversations With People You Disagree With
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Billy Planer

Founder & Director | Etgar 36

Billy Planer, the founder of Etgar 36--a Jewish youth program that personally introduces teens to the different sides of the issues of our day, wants to push all of us to use the Talmud as a model for how we... See more


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Time to Discomfort the Comfortable Teen?

"One who gains strength by overcoming obstacles possesses the only strength which can overcome adversity." Albert Schweitzer It is natural for teachers and parents to want to make life comfortable, easy, and pleasant for their students and children; natural to feel we are helping build their self-esteem by having them succeed in their endeavors.

Get out of your damn bubble -

I'm sorry to tell you, but you're in a bubble. It's a bubble made up not only of the work you do, but your friends, the books you read, and your day-to-day routine. It's a bubble built from the meals you make each week. It's your Monday/Wednesday/Friday gym schedule.

ELU V'ELU or Why a Jewish teen summer program met with the BDS movement

By Billy Planer On Etgar 36, the summer program I created in 2003, we take Jewish teens on a journey across the United States to help create a Jewish connection to their physical homeland - America. We do this by engaging them in our people's time-honored tradition of being involved in political and social movements.


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Billy  Planer, 

Founder & Director | Etgar 36

Billy Planer is the Founder and Director of Etgar 36. He has worked with Jewish youth for 30 years in camps, synagogue youth groups and schools. Challenged by a friend, Billy interviewed people while on a road trip around America. Halfway through, he realized he should be bringing teens to these historical spots and meet with people who are involved in changing the world and so he created Etgar 36 a nonprofit Jewish educational venture. 
Etgar 36 is a summer journey that takes Jewish teens on a bus across America to learn history, politics and activism and find their voice and power by meeting with all sides of political issues, understand the unique culture of each city, become empowered to get involved to create change and develop their American and Jewish identities. During the academic year, Etgar 36 takes groups on Civil Rights journeys in the South. Over 18,000 people have been on an Etgar 36 journey in the past 15 years. 
Billy received his Bachelor's degree from Syracuse University and a Masters in Education and Counseling from Georgia State University.