We finally made it back to Oberlin after a great summer in NYC. Devorah and I have been spending a lot of time devoted to thinking about our home community her in Oberlin. Thinking of ways to enhance what is already here, create new connections, and most importantly we are hopeful for students to "own" the community. We don't just want Chabad House to be a place where people come and Shlomo and Devorah entertain them, but a place that is their home. And when we say home we mean that with all that that implies. We look forward to seeing how you want to be a part of this community and help is flourish.
This week I've really been getting my bearings back after returning home and reflecting a lot about Oberlin's Jewish past and future.
I've been watching this great documentary called Crime After Crime. It was made by an Alum, Joshua Safran OC'97. It's a doc about how he changed California state law to help women who were victims of abuse. Another cool fact, when Jos was a senior at Oberlin, he lived in the house that we currently live in and would host his friends for Shabbat dinners and other Jewish stuff.
I've also been re-reading a really cool article from past Oberlin Alumni magazines. It is about the 700+ year old Torah scroll that is housed in the Oberlin College Archives. In 1985 the alumni magazine wrote up the history of the scroll, how Oberlin obtained it, and some other really cool facts. I'm attaching a PDF of the article for your reading pleasure. If you want to see the scroll let me know we can make a field trip together.
I just started a new book entitled Positivity Bias, which is a collection of letters, teachings, and excerpts that talk about how we look at the world, how we manage our challenges, and beyond.
I also got a new planner for this school year called the Full Focus Planner. Whoa! it is all about goal planning and ACTUALLY achieving those goals. I've been using it for just about a week and I already feel more productive and like I'm using my time better.
A quote I've been pondering this week: "I've learned over the years that when one's mind is made up. this diminishes fear. --Rosa Parks
I hope your summer is winding down nicely, and we can't wait to see all the Obies back in town, it's awfully quiet here. As always I love hearing about what you have been reading, listening to, growing from. Send me a little note with what you have been up to this summer.