Civil Rights Encounter

Black Christians and Jews of all races live side by side but our histories and community stories are often kept apart. This trip, run by Oak Park Temple in partnership with New Mount Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church, will expose participants to perspectives on the Civil Rights movement they may not have encountered before. More importantly, it will bring teens into relationship with one another in a space designed for safe exploration of one another's cultures, backgrounds, and viewpoints. The trip will focus primarily on the experiences of the adjacent communities of Chicago's West Side and Oak Park/River Forest.

Program Highlights

  • Civil Rights history
  •  Christian-Jewish relations
  •  African American and Jewish history and culture
  •  Travel through four cities in the American South


Atlanta, Montgomery, Selma, and Birmingham
10th - 12th
March 25th-29th, 2020
$300 for first time participants; $400 for second time participants; and $500 for third or more time participants
Social Justice, Travel, Leadership


Q: How much does this program cost? 
A: All Springboard School Break programs are highly subsidized. While the actual cost of a 5 day school break experience is $900, all participants received a $400 subsidy. There are additional subsidies for first and second time school break participants, and additional financial assistance is available for those who need it.

Q: I'm confused, how much will I actually pay for this program?   
A: If you are a first time Springboard School Break participant, you will pay $300. If this is your second Springboard School Break program, you will pay $400. If this will be your third (or more) Springboard School Break program  you will pay $500. If these prices are not affordable for you, please contact us to find out about additional financial assistance.

Q: Where will we go?
A: We'll visit some of the most important sites for Civil Rights education in the American south while also exploring the Jewish histories and communities in these areas. Expected locations include:
Atlanta, GA: The Center for Civil and Human Rights and The Temple Montgomery, AL: The National Memorial for Peace and Justice and the Legacy Museum 
Selma, AL: The Jackson Home, Temple Mishkan Israel, and the Edmund Pettus Bridge)
Birmingham, AL: The Civil Rights Institute and Temple Emanu-El

Q: What are the dates and times?
A: We'll leave after school on Wednesday, March 25 and return on Sunday, March 29.

Q: Is this trip only for residents of the West Side and Oak Park/River Forest?
A: Our primary focus will be on people who live in those areas though teens throughout Chicagoland are eligible to apply.