Last weekend, 25 Jewish kids from Kentucky got together for a weekend retreat, at the center of which was our artist-in-residence Sam Glaser (www.samglaser.com). First of all, Sam was going to be doing a concert in Lexington on the Sunday evening after the weekend retreat ended, which is how we had secured Sam for half of his normal fee. Despite the concert falling through, Sam was still coming out for the weekend. How awesome is that!
We had asked Sam to lead Friday night services, teach after dinner, teach again on Saturday afternoon and then do a sing-along session after Shabbat on Saturday night. And he went above and beyond that. He participated in the services at one of the two Conservative synagogues on Shabbat morning, he joined us for singing at lunch, he sang at Four Courts, the local Jewish nursing home, for the residents. And the sing-along amounted to a three hour long mini-concert/jam session. The kids and the adults present were all very impressed with Sam's generosity both personal and with his time. When he was not on, he was shmoozing with kids and adults alike.
What a great weekend!