197943 1960013519972_1231820183_2428933_4931261_nOur 11th & 12th grade students have the opportunity to participate in a service learning trip to New Orleans. Framed around the value “Al Ta’amod – Don’t be a bystander… Bear Witness” teens help rebuild the city of New Orleans as well as learn about the political issues of class in America that were exposed by Hurricane Katrina. On our last trip, with Etgar 36, the teens met with Jewish and non Jewish residents to hear first hand accounts of the devastation of the hurricane, experienced the various cultures that create New Orleans by taking a voodoo walking tour of famous cemeteries and the French Quarter, learned about Jazz and hear live Dixieland Jazz where it was created, and walked through the Lower Ninth Ward and the infamous leevees to see where and how the floods occurred and help the city recover by getting involved in a hands on clean up project.