Tuesday, June 9, 2009

The Life of a URJ Camp songleader...the beginning

Shalom Hava Nashira goers, friends of the internet, and to anyone who kind of just stops over this page! 

Let me introduce myself, I am Rachel Wolman. I hail from the DC metropolitan area and have finished my first year of college. This summer I will be working at the URJ Camp Newman-Swig located in the beautiful town of Santa Rosa, over a hour north from the San Fransico bay area and right outside of Napa Valley. This is where I will be spending my Summer as a songleader. I couldn't even begin to tell you how excited I am for this Summer. I am also excited to give you all an insiders view of the life of a working summer camp songleader. I plan on updating once a week during the summer about all the things I go through, experience, and anything I feel that this group will find of interest. 

I have a lot of goals for this Summer. I also have an amazing new songleading team that I get to work with this Summer. As the only songleader who has songlead at Newman before, it's going to be a very fresh feel this year. It's also a privilege that Newman feels we should have a lot of great mentors coming over the summer.  For the first two weeks of camp Dan Nichols will be here. I am not sure who is coming after him, but I know it includes Rick Recht, Noam Katz, Alan Goodis, Cantor Wally, and a few others. Not to worry I will keep you updated on everything! 

Hava Nashira gave me a lot of ideas and great contacts to help me this Summer. I want to bring every song and thing I learned from Hava, but I know I won't be able to do it all. There are for sure some songs that I want to teach. 

Anyways, if you want to know more about my Summer between updates of this blog feel free to follow me on twitter because I update that like it's my job. www.twitter.com/rachelwolman 

And if you have any questions or would like to discuss anything with me you can always email me at RachelAnneWolman@gmail.com

Expect lots of updates over the summer! I leave for Newman tomorrow. 


Monday, June 8, 2009

So Many Things

Gosh, there are just so many things to say. Hava Nashira 2009 was so overwhelming I am just now getting around to posting to the blog! For now, just some information and stuff. I'll get around to posting thoughts, reports, summaries, reactions, opinions, etc. over the next few days and weeks.

Items of note:

  • Hava Nashira 2010 - June 2-6
  • Jerry Kaye announced that the staff and faculty are discussing offering a second workshop during the year (at another time.) This one will likely focus more of just "those who like to sing" and less on the pedagogy. More news as things develop
  • We're tweeting on Twitter as havanashira
  • Website (www.havanashira.org) updates are underway. If you have new recordings or other stuff, be sure to get that information to me at adrian@ehavanashira.org  Be sure to check obver your current listing (if you're listed.) Check the links page, the recordings page, and the songbooks page.
  • We have a Facebook group. Look for "hanashir" (and not havanashira or hava nashira.)
  • I'm looking for folks who are willing to review recordings to post to htis blog. Contact me adrian@ehavanashira.org
  • Pictures are getting posted. Stay tuned.

That's all for now. More updates to follow soon.