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Be an Upstander: A Jewish Perspective on Racism

February 28, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

An opportunity for a unique BJEP@Home Sunday….

We are so fortunate to welcome a special guest teacher Billy Planer who founded Etgar 36 in 2003 as a social justice summer program for Jewish teens.

A guiding principle for our BJEP program is to teach our kids to act with kindness, love and justice, along with tikkun olam (repairing the world). While we teach these tenets, we recognize we can do more to combat social justice issues and to learn how to stand up to racism.  We will discuss Jewish values of questioning, speaking up, and standing up for yourself and others; and how we can use these values to be comfortable having uncomfortable conversations.

Join us to learn and see BJEP’s Jewish learning program in action.


  • 10 a.m.:  Welcome and introduction
  • 10:10-11:20 a.m.: Age-appropriate conversation with guest Billy Planer and BJEP@Home teachers (first through fourth graders, and fifth through seventh graders/teens)
  • 11:20 a.m: Closing songs
  • 11:30 a.m.: Program ends

Etgar 36 offers summer trips for students to engage in uncomfortable conversations with multiple sides of social issues to develop their opinion and voice. Since 2004, 28,000 adults, teens, and schools have participated in Etgar 36’s 3-day Civil Rights journeys to the American South to engage with Civil Rights history, learn strategies to create change, and apply them to current issues. Billy, Director of Etgar 36, has 20 years’ experience educating youth groups, with a degree in Psychology and a Masters in Counseling.  Learn more about the Etgar 36 program in this 2019 NY Times article.

We are grateful to the Waltham Cultural Council for a grant that made this program possible. 

RSVP to receive the Zoom link.  Questions may be directed to the BJEP parent board.


February 28, 2021
10:00 am - 11:30 am