The Power of “Shabbat Shalom”

Guest post! (written by an anonymous dear friend of mine) My invitations to Jewish functions are usually very direct.I’ll invite a friend to join me on Friday night for Shabbat dinner or come with me to hear a speaker.And sometimes, even when I can’t make it to something, I’ll send them an invite anyways and […]

Jewish Empowerment

Ahhh, so much to write about – speaking tour 2010… Israel in general… next year… DC… I’ll get to it all soon, I promise. For now, one quick story which happened yesterday, which I must share. To catch you all up briefly, I’m working this summer in Washington DC with/for Hillel International, as a summer […]

"Who’s that good looking guitar player?"

Having done a lot of these “Heart to Heart” Shabbat dinners (over 40!), there are many things I’ve learned – some of which I came across by accident but which have proven to be very helpful. Here I’ll share one such practice: One of the best things about the meals is that there’s no set […]

Hello! My Name is Shabbat

I want to tell you about something we recently did at Penn – and which you can all do as well. Every fall, Penn has an activities fair, at which around 300 groups set up booths on Locust Walk (the main college thoroughfare) and thousands of people walk by, looking for things in which to […]

The First Meal

Ah, the first meal. I remember it like yesterday… in the first meeting, we had decided upon making a Shabbat meal as a means to share a meaningful Jewish experience with friends who were never privy to its beauty. I asked if anyone had people in mind to invite and one girl blurted out that […]

The Real First Post

In honor of the beginning of CPI09 and having remembered that I actually wrote my first blogpost just about a year ago, I’m re-posting it here: Day 7: Getting Ready for Camp Monday, July 21st, 2008. Today was our first real day in Yerucham – and boy was it a good one. Partially it was […]

Kentucky, part 3 – the Heart of the Matter

Now for the story of that memorable Shabbat in Lexington, Kentucky. Leaving Dickinson at midnight and behind schedule, we had to make a difficult decision. Calculating the remaining hours of driving and the time before Shabbat, we figured out that we either had time for Keeneland or a good night’s sleep, but not both. On […]

A Shabbat Meal to Remember

Here’s a story from a Shabbat meal a few months ago. My roommates and I decided we were gonna make a meal – a “Heart to Heart” meal. So we each thought of some people we could invite and set out to invite them. There was this one girl who I had run into once […]