Last week, I spent a few days in St. Louis at National Songleader Boot Camp (SLBC) as part of their PJ Library Track. Let me tell you…three straight days of song sessions and camp energy is absolutely amazing. As I reflect on my experience, I thought I would share the top 5 things I learned while at this conference.

  1. PJ Library is an amazing resource.
    • PJ Library is a program through the Harold Grinspoon Foundation that provides Jewish books to children around the world. Each month, children enrolled in this program receive a book in that focuses on Jewish values, traditions, customs or even holidays. Something magical happens when a parent sits down to read a story to their kiddo, and through PJ Library more children are able to have those magical moments. So…if you haven’t already…go sign up your child by clicking here! (There is even a program for children who are 9 to 11 called PJ Our Way!)
  1. Teaching through storytelling is a powerful tool.Image may contain: 1 person, standing
    • I am so excited to start developing skills as a storyteller for children!! Lisa Litman from PJ Library demonstrated how amazing and powerful stories can be for children, and I am so excited to start working on this at camp! I am going to need some help, though. Make sure to check our Facebook page for “Storytime with Shelby.” I will be posting monthly videos where I will practice my storytelling, and I would LOVE to hear your feedback.
  1. Anything (and I mean anything) can be an instrument.
    • Who remembers in summer 2014 when Billy Jonas visited JCC Rainbow Day Camp? He was absolutely amazing. Well, at SLBC I got to spend some more time with Billy. His ability to engage the audience in a fun and unique way is incredible. I cannot wait to bring some of these elements to camp this summer. Check out our Facebook page here to see a quick video of him leading one of our favorite songs, Tongo!
  1. Hamentashen are Just Right for Noshing!!!
    • On Monday, March 12 I will be posted a very special video to show one of my favorite things I learned. GET EXCITED.
  1. Life is better when you take time to dance.
    • The last realization I had during this conference is the power of dance. Sometimes life can get overwhelming…humans are constantly feeling the pressure of work, school, homework, children, working out, being healthy, etc. But sometimes…all you need is to turn on some music, close your eyes, and DANCE. So get your dance moves ready because there will definitely be more time to dance this summer!

It was definitely an amazing week, and I am so thankful for the opportunity to be inspired by other Jewish Professionals from across the nation (like Craig who is in the photo to the right).                                    Just another reminder of why I love my job so much.

Take care RDC,