The first week was spent catching up with friends and attending staff training for Machane Jehudah camp. This past week was spent herding over forty kids through various lessons, games and fun activities every day. It has been lovely to reunite with friends, and to be greeted so warmly by returning campers for whom I've become an annual part of their summer.
It was also a time to say thank you and farewell to Rabbi Alex Shuval-Weiner, my teacher and friend and the woman who introduced B'nai Jehudah and me to each other two summers ago. She is leaving to become the senior rabbi of her own community in the Atlanta area. Temple Beth Tikvah in Roswell is getting an amazing, beautiful human being. B'nai Jeudah's loss is their gain. Her final service here as associate rabbi was beautiful and bittersweet. I was honored to be a part of it and I am so happy for her journey forward.
Last night, I sat and made music with four amazing women, all synagogue musicians in the greater Kansas City area. We shared songs and stories and sweet laughter for over two hours together, and promised to keep in touch. I have found a little circle of women with whom to make music whenever I return to Kansas City. The experience was a balm for my soul, and a real gift.
Below: photo highlights from the first week of camp and more.
Shavua Tov -- a good week!