I spend two days last week teaching, learning and perfoming at the NewCAJE cnference, which was held right here in Portland at Reed College.
It was a beautiful, inspiring time for those of us wh are passionate about Jewish education and continuity.
I'm so grateful I was able to attend.
A video of a little of my performance at the evening concert can be seen here: www.facebook.com/dorice.horenstein/videos/10217732630179933/
I spent the weekend with a dear friend (who also happens to be my nephew by marriage), videographer and designer Kurt Loyd, where we drank far too much coffee while picking each others' brains about music, sound amplication, a video production. He's a really smart guy and I was glad to sit at his feet and learn something new. He may help me create a video in the not-too-distant future; stay tuned.
Finally, I'm gearing up for the last of my summer travels.
This week I'm headed to nothern California for the Mendocino Jewish Womens' Retreat, hosted by the Mendocino Coast Jewish Community (MCJC). My sweetie and I have enjoyed a lovely relationship with this community since her parents retired to Mendocino about 14 years ago. I look forward to making music and ruach, and enjoying some quiet, thoughtful time in the woods near the Navarro River in the company of thoughtful, mindful Jewish women of all ages.
My last trip of the summer will be another Shabbaton with my friends at Temple Beth Tikvah in Bend, welcoming Shabbat and basking in the beauty of central Oregon one last time before heading home to dive into intense prep for the High Holy Days.
Finally, there are just 30 hours left in the crowdfunding campaign for my next project, The Watchman's Chair. 46 backers have signed up (two offline) to particpate in this recording project and although we're not approaching the stated goal, we've raised enough funding to make a recording of some kind. Wheter its'a full-length album or not remains to be seen, but either way I am filled with gratitude for everyone's support.
I have scheduled recording time in the studio for the week after Yom Kippur, and hope to release a digital download by early December.
If you have not yet hopped aboard the bus, there is still a little more than a day to do so: Go here --
--and if you've already signed up, please tell your friends and family about it so they can sign up too.
Thanks to everyone for your support, to hosts who've helped make the summer amazing, and I hope you'll all enjoy these shortening days before summer turns to autumn.
Buckets of Shalom to you all!