Here We Go Again!

It’s hard to believe we hit the road Monday. An early morning flight to Atlanta, then we hit the ground running. This year we’ve got some amazing ¬†home hospitality and will be staying with a friend of Prozdor, enjoying his home and some kosher fried chicken :). After we leave Atlanta for Alabama we’ll be spending our time touring, in our van, and in hotel rooms.

I can’t believe it’s been two years since I last led this trip.¬†I am so excited to do it again with more knowledge, a better grounding in the history, and with a fresh group of teens. This is one of my favorite parts of my job–getting to experience Civil Rights and Jewish Heritage hands on.

This year the trip takes on a special tone, as we visit Selma and Montgomery on the 50th Anniversary of the march for Voting Rights. Having seen the film “Selma” twice, I anticipate my emotions will be running high as we visit the Edmund Pettis Bridge and Brown AME Church. The Civil Rights Movement is alive today, so we’ll be not only touching history, but connecting to the contemporary moment.

Here’s to a restful Shabbat before a busy week!

A Week Later

It’s hard to believe a week ago we were…well, I think we were stranded in Chicago?

This morning at Prozdor I was so excited to see almost all of my fellow travelers, when I saw each one of them I lit up and gave them big hugs. Despite the bickering over music in Delilah, constant questions, and a few other hiccups, I realized as I saw each face that I had missed them!

Our trip was so special. Our time together was short, intense, and meaningful. Each one of them taught me something new about myself, about them, and about the future of the Jewish community.

I’m looking forward to finding some time for all of us to get together again and reminisce, talk about the trip, and build on our experiences with more learning together.

-Emilia

At some point, you have to laugh

Funny story.

We got onto our direct flight from Chicago to Boston. Finally.

It was nice and empty, and 100% of the passengers had been on our flight last night that was cancelled–what a coincidence! Everyone got comfy in their own rows.

Then, you betcha, captain came on and said they needed to get a quick fix one. Forty minutes or so.

Famous last words, right?

We all laughed. And are continuing to laugh, as you can see.

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Update from O’Hare

We are waiting at the gate here in Chicago. It is an hour or so until we are able to get on the new aircraft. It seems to be the best option to try and wait it out rather than go to a hotel and not be sure we can get on a flight tomorrow. I feel confident this is the best choice for the time being.

We are safe, tired, and glad we have each other. I will update as things progress. Thank you for your patience, parents and loved ones!

NOT AN EMERGENCY

There was an issue with the plane, but they landed us with no problem. Apparently there was some leak that they repaired but made it unsafe to land in icy Boston.

We are on the ground in the terminal now. Should have more info in about 10-15 minutes.

Last Morning

I came down early to have a quiet breakfast alone, and I wanted to share one thought I’ve been having this whole trip.

These seven teens are truly special. They have been respectful of all our speakers, asked important and thoughtful questions, and have been kind to each other (unless there’s a music dispute in the van).

It’s difficult to be one adult with seven kids for almost a week–but they’ve made it easy. This trip has been fantastic and it is in large part thanks to them.

-Emilia