We left Vancouver for Chicago and the next day drove to South Bend, Indiana with my sister and brother-in-laws. Their daughter, (our niece) lives there with her husband and baby daughter. We did a full shabbaton with Carlebach davening, communal meals, divrei Torah, classes, discussions and singing. Saturday night we were invited to an impromptu music jam and played late into the night. Sunday morning I spoke and played music at a brunch, where the topic was once again The Mystical Power of Music. All in all everyone was very receptive and welcoming, a perfect way to end our teaching on this tour.
Next stop - home and a new year!!! May we all be blessed with the best one yet.