The sun revealed itself that morning, shining its early autumn light on Beacon Hill. At 10:00 sharp, a determined group of Emanu-El members – some with children, and even enthusiastic dogs – began to schlep BBQs (one for the kosher meat hotdogs, one for the vegetarian hotdogs, and one – just for show), tables, chairs, containers, coolers, boxes, folded tents, etc., across the lawn to our meeting area. By 11:00, the set-up space was ready. The energy that followed was infectious. While a spirited, multi-generational klezmer band was merrymaking, we mingled and schmoozed, played and queued, chatted and chewed (incredible food), even bursting into vigorous dancing.
With Ruthi and Betsi’s guidance and impeccable preparation, joined by a team of volunteers, our first ever Back to Shul Event exceeded its promise.