Summer 2014, Week 4 – Alyssa Barnea and Joey Notowich

Summer 2014, Week 4 – Alyssa Barnea and Joey Notowich

Another great week has gone by, and we have been so busy with the Fellowship! Here are some highlights from week 3!

(For those of you not from Memphis, I included maps so you can follow us on our journey and see all the places we go in just one week.)

Wednesday: Levitt Shell Concert

Levitt Shell Map

A group of the girls decided to attend the Israeli Scouts (free!) concert at the Levitt Shell.  A group of 17 year olds from Israel – also known as the caravan – came to sing to the public. They were fantastic and sang everything from Hebrew folk songs to Frozen to Pharrell’s “Happy”!  They have been coming to Memphis for 40 years now, and it was awesome to be a part of this great tradition!

Elisa, Alyssa, Michelle, Alana, Michele, and Rachel at the Concert

Elisa, Alyssa, Michelle, Alana, Michele, and Rachel at the Israeli Scouts concert

Alyssa, Michelle, Alana, Rachel, and Michele with some of the Israeli Scouts

Alyssa, Michelle, Alana, Rachel, and Michele with some of the Israeli Scouts

Israeli Scouts performing at the Levitt Shell

Israeli Scouts performing at the Levitt Shell

Friday: National Civil Rights Museum

Civil Rights Map

 

Rabbi Micah Greenstein took us to the museum on Friday afternoon and introduced the activity by sharing his role in the Civil Rights Movement. He was incredibly passionate in sharing how far we’ve come since those dark times. We then went on a self-guided tour through the museum and saw everything from the bus boycott, to the motel room where MLK was shot.  The museum was located right downtown and we could even walk there from our apartments!

Rabbi Micah discussing the National Civil Rights Museum with the Fellows

Rabbi Micah discussing the National Civil Rights Museum with the Fellows

Rabbi Micah discussing the National Civil Rights Museum with the Fellows

Rabbi Micah discussing the National Civil Rights Museum with the Fellows

The motel balcony on which Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was killed

The motel balcony on which Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was killed

Friday: The Flying Saucer/Beale Street

Beale Street Map

We decided to explore another local watering hole – this time the Flying Saucer. It was a cool venue with lots of room to sit and talk – and it was different from all the other places we had been to in that it ONLY served beer. We had a great time meeting local Memphians and exploring the city’s nightlife!

Alana, Rachel, Michelle, Michele, and Alyssa on Beale Street

Alana, Rachel, Michelle, Michele, and Alyssa on Beale Street

Rachel, Alyssa, and Michelle at the Flying Saucer

Rachel, Alyssa, and Michelle at the Flying Saucer

Sunday: Temple Israel Cemetery Community Service Project

Cemetary Map

On Sunday the Fellows participated in our first community service activity, in partnership with Clean Memphis. We collected trash from the perimeter of the Temple Israel Cemetery. We must have collected hundreds of pounds of trash because we filled dozens of garbage bags for the city to collect and properly dispose of. The area looked much cleaner when we left, and it felt great to be helping the local community.

The Fellows at the Temple Israel Cemetery after our community service event

The Fellows at the Temple Israel Cemetery after our community service event

Sam and Jeff leading us in reflection about the community service activity

Sam and Jeff leading us in reflection about the community service activity

Michele, Alana, and Eitan collecting bags of trash around the Temple Israel Cemetery grounds

Michele, Alana, and Eitan collecting bags of trash around the Temple Israel Cemetery grounds

Overall, this summer has been off to a great start! We have been doing tons of new activities each week – developing both our professional and Jewish identities. I look forward to seeing what the rest of the summer has to offer!

-Alyssa Barnea

 

Its week four of the TI fellowship, and summer has been flying by the past few weeks. We are all now accustomed to our new professional and personal lives and living in the downtown Memphis area.

As TI Fellows, we strive to find a deeper connection to our Jewish identity through the community. On Sunday June 22, we held a community service project at Temple Israel cemetery. We split up into two teams, and we picked up trash along the surrounding streets that encompassed the cemetery. While picking up trash isn’t the most glamorous community service project, we felt as if we were not only helping out the community, but also paying tribute to our Jewish ancestors.

In addition to the community service project, we visited the national civil rights museum this past Wednesday.  We were educated on the civil rights movement, as well as the sanitation strike that happened right here in Memphis. We were reminded of the struggle to obtain equal rights for all, and the continuation of the struggle around the world.

These events reminded me of our first event with the TI Fellowship. We had dinner with Jason and Molly Wexler, and they spoke on the topics on connectivity and impact. Those topics have really stuck home with me now because of the Fellowship’s opportunities presented to us so far, such as meeting the mayor and the New Memphis Institute to name a few. We have seen the real impact we have had on the Memphis community and the ongoing opportunities we can take advantage of to mature into young professionals.

-Joey Notowich

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