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... can have conversations with people who disagree with us. He proposes a counter-cultural but very Jewish idea: it is possible no matter what side of the fence you sit on to find something in common and engage with people who are different from you. It is these conversations that will change the world--or at least yours. Filmed at the William Breman Jewish Heritage and Holocaust Museum in Atlanta, Georgia in cooperation with the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta.See lessSee more
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"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.
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.
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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