Sunday, February 19, 2006

Talk About an Ingathering of the Tribe!

Quick summary of events thus far (more in-depth coverage to come): Shabbat was amazing! Talk about an ingathering of the tribe! Imagine, for a moment, you're in shul Friday night, looking around and seeing the likes of Chassidic reggae superstar Matisyahu and his wife, Rav Shmuel, Yonah and Rachel Bookstien, dj So Called. And yes, Reb Leibish of the Ghetto Shul in Montreal is chazzaning. Then you realize it's not your imagination, this is Jewlicious at the Beach v2.0!

Two of us from the purple haze contingent of the Jewlicious slugs went to Mikvah Chaya V'Sarah Leah on Atlantic Ave. in Long Beach Friday afternoon, then just had time to check in and get settled before Shabbos. Spirited Carlebach davening was followed by a crazy Shabbos feast (it surpassed Shabbat 200 in attendance and ruach, but we're getting there), followed by wine tasting (during which I had the honor of meeting Esther and Laya from Jewlicious.com), followed by a deep discussion with Rav Shmuel on the parsha which went till like 4am (but I was tired and left early, at like 2am). Saturday morning, we had some major sluggy involvement during davening, with Yonah Feintstein leading part of the davening, while I participated in a skit about the parsha (I played Moshe--that's a good one), and Phillip Nilsson got to dress the Torah. Afterwards, we had an amazing lunch--more than enough food.

In the afternoon, there was a panel discussion on the movie Munich with one of the actors from the movie, an Israel activist, and David from Jewlicious.com. I left the panel early for some afternoon Shabbos singing... so high, so high. We davened mincha, then went straight into the Big Fish Third Meal. During the third meal there was a panel with Rav Shmuel, Matis, So Called, and Rabbi Yonah on the current state of Jewish music in the "Age of Matisyhau."

Then it was time for havdala, and I must say, I haven't had a havdala experience like that since the last time I was on the Carlebach moshav in Israel. After Shabbos, they showed a movie called The Tribe (which I missed). I also had the honor of meeting Sue Fishkoff (of 'The Rebbe's Army') who interviewed me for the JTA about the JewniProj, David from Jewlicious.com, and Stephanie Pressman. And the homies played bball with Matis. It's 4:22 am right now, I'm fading fast. Only one and a half days left! More updates to come. Shavua tov!!!!!!

1 Comments:

Blogger Fun Joel said...

And don't forget about Reb Leibish of the Ghetto Shul in Montreal, who led the davening!

Tue Feb 21, 11:35:00 AM 2006  

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