Welcome to the Beth El Civil Rights Experience!

Your donations contribute to the development of this exciting project, and allow us to continue offering accessible, relevant programming and content for the Birmingham community. 

What is the Beth El Civil Rights Experience?

Bookmark this page and sign up for our email list, so that you can stay up to date with The Beth El Civil Rights Experience. Through the rest of 2021, and into 2022, we’ll post new materials and updates, such as information on how to take our TravelStorys walking tour, or drop by our Visitor’s Site and view our film on Jewish Birmingham and Civil Rights. We’ll also update you on programs and other educational and engagement opportunities.

           This project is made possible by  the Charles and Esther Lee Kimerling Media Fund, Temple Beth El Foundation, and Alabama Humanities Alliance. Video  by McKay Allen, Beth El Civil Rights Experience Intern Spring 2021.

Ready to Learn More? 

Check out select recorded features from our Tirdof programming series on Civil Rights Past and Present. We will continue to post recorded programs on this YouTube playlist.

You can see what we have coming up here or on the TBE calendar!

Can’t wait for our TravelStorys audio tour? Check out this “sneak peek” here from our 2021 Nosh and Learn Fundraising Tour. You can listen here, and if you want the full experience you can utilize this map for a full self-guided driving tour experience. Questions? Email Margaret mnorman@templebeth-el.net. You can read about Nosh and Learn in the Southern Jewish Historical Society’s Spring 2021 Issue of The Rambler. Check it out! 

How Can You Get Involved? 

Please direct questions and inquiries about visiting and engaging with the Beth El Civil Rights Experience to Margaret Norman at mnorman@templebeth-el.net. You can sign up below to receive regular email updates about the Beth El Civil Rights Experience. If you’ve engaged with these materials or want to support this project, please consider making a donation. Your donation allows us to continue offering the accessible programming you love, and supports us in the development of this innovative project.


Book Recommendations

Fight Against Fear: Southern Jews and Black Civil RightsClive Webb

Carry Me Home: Birmingham, Alabama: The Climatic Struggle of the Civil Rights RevolutionDiane McWhorter

Going South: Jewish Women in the Civil Rights MovementDeborah Schultz

The Price of Whiteness: Jews, Race and American IdentityEric Goldstein

Quiet Voices: Southern Rabbis and Black Civil Rights, 1880s to 1980sMark Bauman and Berkely Kalin

Birmingham Foot Soldiers: Voices From the Civil Rights Movement – Nick Patterson

Other Resources

The Institute of Southern Jewish Life’s “Virtual Vacation” series

The Taylor Oral History Collection at the Bremen Museum

The Oral History Collection at the Birmingham Public Library

The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute Oral History Project