Last year, I traveled to a
conference called Songleader Boot Camp (SLBC) in St. Louis, Missouri. At SLBC,
I raised my voice in song along with hundreds of other Jews from places all
over the world who, just like me, felt an indescribable connection to Judaism
and the songs we have sung for centuries. For an amazing five days, we studied
the art of song leading in Jewish communities and learned the tricks and tools
to make us the best leaders we can be, both on the stage and in our everyday
At SLBC, I was able to relate
to Judaism like never before, and I easily connected to people that I just met,
from all over the country as well as Israel. Although I was one of the only
teenagers at SLBC last year, I was treated just like everyone else. It wasn’t
just me either. Everyone, no matter who they were, no matter if they were
expert songleaders or just beginners, was treated with the same level of כָּבוֹד, or
respect, as everyone else. Participating in SLBC was truly an amazing
experience and I feel so blessed to have shared it all with others who love
music as much as I do.
This year, SLBC is taking the
experience a step further by partnering with Springboard to create a Teen
Track. This track is being created with young adults in mind, focusing on the
skill development and community building that will be particularly meaningful
to us. If this new track is anything like what I experienced last year, it is
going to be amazing. I hope you will consider joining me there!
Wishing you a fantastic song-filled Sunday!
-Marc Luban, 10th grader