L’Taken Social Justice Seminar in Washington, DC

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This annual trip is designed to help teens gain a unique understanding of the political process and see how Jewish values are relevant in today’s world. Participants learn about issues that are relevant to us personally and collectively, as Jews and as Americans. The trip culminates with meetings in congressional and senatorial offices on Capitol Hill where we will personally lobby for the issues of our choice.

L’Taken Forms

These forms will be updated for the 18-19 school year when available.
Sample Schedule

L’Taken Frequently Asked Questions

When is the trip?

  • We are waiting for final confirmation from the RAC, but either January 25-28, 2019 or February 22-25, 2019. The trip typically departs on Friday in the early afternoon and returns Monday evening.

What are the goals of the trip?

  • Build community among our teens
  • Learn about issues that are relevant to us personally and collectively, as Jews and as Americans
  • Deepen teens understanding of the political process and commitment to social justice
  • Strengthen the Jewish identity of our teens

 What will the teens be doing?

  • Meeting with members of congress or their staff in their congressional offices
  • Participating with over 300 teens from across America in programs covering a range of topics, including Israel, the environment, reproductive rights, LGBTQ civil rights, church/state separation, international relations and more
  • Visiting the National Holocaust Memorial Museum and Smithsonian National Mall
  • Celebrating Havdallah at the Jefferson Memorial
  • Enjoying free time in Georgetown, on the National Mall and at Pentagon Row

 Who is eligible for this program?

  • The trip is open to all high school students in 10th through 12th grade who are members of Temple Sinai.

 How much does the program cost?

  • The program cost is $350, which includes travel, hotel, program registration and most meals.
  • Most meals are included, with the exception of dinner on Saturday and Sunday, and lunch on Monday.
  • Confidential financial assistance is available. For more information, please contact Rabbi Millstein at RabbiMillstein@templesinaibc.org or (201) 568-3035.

 Where do teens stay and how will they get there?

 Do participants need special attire?

  • Yes, students should bring nice clothes for Kabbalat Shabbat, business attire for the visit to Capitol Hill, and casual clothes for the rest of the weekend. Business attire is required for Monday’s visit to the Hill.
  • We will be outside for extended periods of time. Be sure to check weather.comto determine appropriate clothing.
  • Participants will be walking about a mile (much of it uphill) during Monday’s visit to Capitol Hill, so their choice of footwear should be comfortable and low-heeled.

 How can I find out more about the program?

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