“Sara Beth, I’ve been washing cans and cartons all morning. Can you please come help me move them to Sukkah Dalet?”
Just another day in the life of a Nadiv Educator, I laughed to myself, as I helped Lauren Zeichner, Head of Specialists, to round up trash for our Billy Jonas workshop and concert. Billy Jonas worked with campers and staff during Mandatory Optionals on Shabbat to make musical instruments out of recyclables. As long as you had cardboard, plastic and metal, the possibilities were limitless. Throw in a little rice, a few rubber bands, a modicum of duct tape, and a lot of love, and you had a troupe of very enthusiastic musicians!
After dinner that night, Billy Jonas did a concert for 5 units, engaging the entire audience. The Trashup Artists that had worked with him during MandOps got to play on stage, and everyone had a chance to sing out, because with Billy Jonas, Everybody’s In The Band! During the concert, Billy taught about Tisha B’Av, the serious commemorative Jewish holy day that started just after the program with a special Havdalah service, the service we use to acknowledge the separation between Shabbat and the rest of the week.
It was amazing to see Billy work with the kids, and really fun for this Nadiv Educator to be able to make my own plucky, percussive dream instrument.