By Lori Rubin, Director, Family Engagement

How happy we are to be together! The strains of Hinei Mah Tov were heard as 180 song leaders, musicians, story tellers, Jewish educators, rabbis, and program professionals from across the country gathered together for the sixth annual Song Leader Boot Camp in St. Louis, Missouri. This year, for the first time, there was a PJ Library track, which enabled participants to learn more about PJ Library and how to connect to families in their home communities. Over 80 people applied for the PJ Library track, and we were thrilled that Danya Shapiro, jkidphilly Program Specialist, and I were selected as part of the 36-person PJ Library delegation.

This was a great opportunity to hear more about the programs and events of other PJ Library communities while immersing ourselves in the beauty of song. Danya and I met up-and-coming musicians, as well as artists whose songs already appear on PJ Library CDs. This experience helped us to think about how to use music in our jkidphilly programs, and how to connect with aspiring song leaders.

We are looking for opportunities to infuse more music into jkidphilly programming. If you know a great song leader, let me know!

Listen to some teens from the Ramah track sing V’ahavta — what energy they have!