Temple Sholom visit to the Legacy Museum

Kathleen Leszczynski

January 11, 2019 – January 13, 2019 all-day
Toby Sanders

RSVP by Oct. 1 – Space is Limited!

Sign up here to reserve your spot: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0f44adad29a13-temple

Contact Toby at toby@sholomchicago.org or 773-435-1536 with any questions.


Purpose of the Trip:

Bryan Stevenson, director of the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) and civil rights attorney/activist, graced us with his presence at Temple Sholom on January 8, 2016.  He spoke in front of our congregation during an incredibly moving Shabbat service, to enlighten us about racial injustice, the unjust criminal system, and how we need to get proximate with one another to improve race relations.

As a result of Mr. Stevenson’s visit, Temple Sholom became more engaged in racial justice issues, and began to partner with various non-profit organizations throughout the city. Members of our synagogue today are writing as “pen pals” with individuals incarcerated in Illinois prisons, they are participating in restorative justice circles with youth at the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center, they are being educated about restorative justice, and Temple Sholom continues to bring in speakers to discuss racial injustice and work with organizations to help make a difference in Chicago.

The EJI is based in Montgomery, Alabama, and provides legal assistance to death row inmates, focusing on the innocent, the mentally ill, and children who have been prosecuted as adults.

On April 26, 2018, Bryan Stevenson saw one of his dreams realized when the Legacy Museum and the National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery officially opened to the public. The Museum explores the history of racial inequality, including the slave trade, institutional segregation, Jim Crow along with race issues that still exist today such as mass incarceration and other forms of racism. Alongside the Museum, the Memorial forces us to finally acknowledge and confront the history and terror of the lynching’s of African Americans in this country. Dedicated to remembering the more than 4,000 African American lynching victims, the Memorial contains a square of 800 six-foot monuments, which identify these victims.

We hope that you will consider joining Rabbi Conover, and other Temple Sholom clergy/staff/members on this memorable trip to Alabama in January 2019.

Draft Itinerary (as of 7-10-18):

Friday, January 11, 2019

Flight: The closest airport to Montgomery that has non-stop flights (w/ good flying times) is Atlanta, which is approximately a 2-hour, 30 minute drive. We recommend that attendees fly from Chicago to Atlanta in the late morning; Both Southwest (from Midway) and Delta (from O’Hare) have non-stop flights to Atlanta. (Other airlines do as well – with less ideal flying times.)

  • Southwest: (preferred flight option): SW flt 201, 9:35am-12:25pm ($139) (Total roundtrip on SW is: $277.96/person) OR
  • Delta: (preferred flight option): Delta flt 926, 9:48am-12:40pm, O’Hare to Atlanta (Total roundtrip on Delta is $316/person)

Car Rental: Rent cars from Atlanta airport to Montgomery (the drive is approximately 2 hours, 20 min). Various rental car companies available (approx $132 total for standard size car; approx $150 total for full-size car).

Drive from Atlanta to Montgomery (should arrive at approximately 3:30pm/4pm)

Hotel Options: We will look into group rates, but here are two recommended hotels:

  1. Renaissance Montgomery Hotel & Spa at the Convention Center
    • Several room/price options, including “Guest room” w/ 1 king bed or 2 queen beds ($233/night w/ AAA rate) and $259/night (regular rate); also limited suite options
  2. Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Montgomery Downtown
    • Prices options: $119/night for 2 double beds or $128/night for king-size bed ) w/ AAA or senior rate); $127/night for 2 double beds or $137/night for king-size bed w/ regular rates; suite options also available

Orientation: 5:00pm – Location TBD (possibly Temple Beth Or)

Shabbat Service: 6:00pm – Temple Beth Or (Reform temple in Montgomery; Rabbi Scott Looper); http://www.templebethor.net/

Shabbat Dinner: 7:30pm; Location TBD


Saturday, January 12, 2019

9:00am: Shabbat study (location TBD)

10am: Southern Poverty Law Center: https://www.splcenter.org/what-we-do/civil-rights-memorial/information-visitors – see outdoor Civil Rights Memorial and Civil Rights Memorial Center

12pm: Lunch- Location TBD

1:30pm: Visit Rosa Parks Museum https://www.troy.edu/rosaparks/visit.html; $7.50/ticket; $5.50/kid

3:00pm – Visit Dexter Avenue Baptist Church – http://www.dexterkingmemorial.org/;

4:15pm – Visit Dexter Parsonage Museum –http://www.dexterkingmemorial.org/tours/parsonage-museum/;

(Optional rest time if want to miss church/parsonage museum tour)

6:15pm – Havdalah service (location TBD)

7pm: Dinner- Location TBD


Sunday, January 13, 2019

9:30am: Visit Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) Legacy Museum and Memorial – https://museumandmemorial.eji.org/museum; Tickets are $8/person; $5/kids and seniors

11:30am – Meet with EJI staff

1pm – Lunch- Location TBD

3:30pm- Programming Finished

3:30pm – Drive back to Atlanta: 2 hrs, 30 min drive (if you are driving)

Flight Options: Fly from Atlanta non-stop to Chicago.

  • Southwest: (preferred flight option): SW flt 3649, 7:40pm-8:40pm, Atlanta to Midway ($139) (Total roundtrip on SW is: $277.96) OR
  • Delta: (preferred flight option): Delta flt 2112, 7:05pm-8:15pm, Atlanta to O’Hare (Total roundtrip on Delta is $316/person)


**Everyone should book and pay individually for their flight, car rental and hotel room. Everyone also will pay for their meals and museum fees. We just ask that that TS members commit by October 1st.