Sutton Place Synagogue Southern Civil Rights Journey “For We Were Once Strangers In A Strange Land”

February 4-6, 2018

Join Rabbi Ain and members of the SPS community as we look at a period of Jewish and American History where the Jewish community was involved in the struggle for civil rights and how issues from those days remain relevant today.


  • Tour of The King Center, Dr. King’s tomb and Ebenezer
  • Church Services at Ebenezer Church
  • Gather at Leo Frank Site
  • Conversations with Members of the Atlanta Jewish Community about Southern Jewish Life
  • Southern Poverty Law Center Memorial
  • Rosa Parks Museum
  • Equal Justice Initiative
  • Tour Selma & The Edmund Pettus Bridge
  • Birmingham Civil Rights Institute
  • Walking tour of Freedom Park & 16th Street Baptist Church
  • First-Hand Testimony of those who marched with Dr. Martin Luther King and Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel

Land Cost: $995/person based on double occupancy. $125 supplement for single room. This is based on 15 registrants. If more than 20 register cost could be reduced.

Costs cover two nights of hotel, all ground transportation Sunday morning-Tuesday afternoon, meals from Sunday lunch through Tuesday lunch, all admissions fees, speaker costs, and guiding.

Flights: Please book your own flight but make sure to arrive before 10 am Sunday morning. Some people might choose to fly Saturday night after Shabbat and stay at an airport hotel, at an additional cost. Your return flight from Atlanta should be booked for after 5:30 pm on Tuesday February 6.


“Our 2015 Civil  Rights journey was led by Billy Planer, the founder of Etgar 36, who was not only articulate and knowledgeable, but also gave us the opportunity to discuss the multi-generational Jewish perspective on this turbulent  period. As Jews we know the importance of survival and triumph against great odds. Our social consciousness teaches us that we need to further our concept of TIKKUN OLAM. We salute the courage, strength and hope of the Civil Rights activists. Thank you, Rabbi Ain, for sharing this extraordinary and exemplary experience with us.” Gaby Alper, SPS member and participant in 2015 SPS Civil Rights Journey

“Two years ago, I read Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson, the founder of Equal Justice Initiative.  I was deeply touched by the book which reads like a novel, but sadly, is non-fiction.  The book, and Bryan’s story, is a heart-wrenching history of the inbred injustice which prevails in our legal system.  Bryan is an advocate on the journey to repair our broken system of justice.  I admire his resolve, his efforts and his brilliance.  I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to visit his organization, as well as all of the others listed in our upcoming itinerary for the February 2018 Civil Rights trip.” Diane Oshin, Member of Sutton Place Synagogue.