It was just about a year ago that we gathered on a Sunday morning to establish a new Guinness World Record. During five magical minutes, 1,022 people extended the breath of their souls through their shofars, reverberating with a collective blast heard not only throughout the community, but throughout the generations.
That is the memory - the joyous, wonderful communal memory that so many of us now carry as part of our Jewish experience. But the goal of The Partnership for Jewish Learning and Life in creating such a historic opportunity was much more than what we experienced during those culminating five minutes of T'kiyah! Sh'varim! T'ruah!
The Partnership for Jewish Learning and Life is pleased to announce Jody Hurwitz Caplan as the new President of the Board of Trustees. Jody has served on the board since 2012, and she explains what brought her to The Partnership:
"I was first introduced to The Partnership for Jewish Learning and Life as the recipient family of a One Happy Camper NJ grant. As someone who went to a Jewish camp and also worked on staff as a counselor, I had first-hand knowledge of the magic and power of a Jewish summer experience."
Now is the perfect time to enjoy the outdoors. For Rachel and her family, attending Shabbat in Bloom has provided a great opportunity to visit local parks while engaging in a social Jewish activity. Shabbat in Bloom is a celebration of music and movement, led by two educators and a musician, which engages young people and their families in pre-Shabbat celebration through songs and stories.
"Throughout the week, I hear my two kids in the backseat singing the songs from Shabbat in Bloom. Each time we go we gain something different from the experience."