We are also pleased to announce that Laura Lenes will lead our Chag Fest celebration. Laura has a Double Masters degree MA from Columbia University in Elementary Education and Sign Language/Deaf Education, an undergraduate dual BA from University of Florida in Musical Theater and Education, and 14+ years of classroom experience—infants through college. Laura’s lifetime mission is to connect young Jewish families to Judaism and the Jewish community through Music, Sign Language, & the Arts. She routinely writes music, plays, and curriculum, has performed and toured around the USA, owns a Mommy & Me company called Sing Sign Simcha, and is in the process of branding SSWAG curriculum to be used Nationwide, leads services for both children & adults (Including High Holidays), and is studying to be ordained as a Cantor..
America’s Only Etrog Grower
“Growing etrogs is a difficult business. Too much sun and the yellow skin of the citrus fruit will burn; too little sun and the flowers won’t blossom. There’s infestation to worry about—red citrus mites are particularly fond of them. And then there are the religious prohibitions; blemishes render the fruit, a citron in English, useless for Sukkot, so if a branch or leaf pierces the skin of the etrog, you’re in trouble.
But John Kirkpatrick, a third-generation citrus farmer in California’s San Joaquin Valley, has overcome these obstacles and more. He’s the only large-scale grower of etrogs in the United States.” Read more about his business here.