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Day in the Life: Rabbi Rob Cabelli

Photo by Mary Zheng.
Photo by Mary Zheng.
Photo by Mary Zheng.

6:30ish a.m. – Wake up to light coming in through skylight. 

6:45 a.m. – Grab iPad, check out NYTimes – Sherpa disaster on Everest, ferry tragedy. Check out sports: Go Red Sox, comeback victory in the 9th against Chicago.

7:00 a.m. – At computer, work on Tuesday evening talk on Commons. 

7:30 a.m. – Feed Tapuz (the orange cat), back upstairs and shower. Purple shirt for Good Friday. 

7:55 a.m. – Into CRSSJ [Center for Religion, Spirituality, and Social Justice], turn on the magic coffee machine, put teal 1-in-4 t-shirt for Sexual Assault Awareness Week [SAAW] on over purple shirt.

8:05 a.m. – Emails and phone calls about Local Foods dinner on Earth Day.

8:10 a.m. – Put Haggadah from Monday’s Passover Seder in campus mail for Jon Andelson, [Anthropology].

9:00 a.m. – Send email about “Week of Weeks” – Passover, Easter, Holi, end of SAAW, Hunger Banquet, Earth Week. 

9:55 a.m. – Send email about Shabbat Table and Saturday morning Torah study, include three quotes for three days of the Omer period, by Sir Ernest Shackleton, Jim Morrison and Nelson Mandela. 

10:00 a.m. – Off to Grille to meet students about a new group: The idENTITY project. Chitchat, review and plan next steps.

11:00 a.m. – Back to CRSSJ to tutor student on written and conversational Hebrew.

12:00 p.m. – Work on emails, prep for Torah study, submit nominations for DSA student and staff awards.

2:00 p.m. – Quick trip home to grab food, say ‘hi’ to my wife Liz, pick up clean table cloths and towels for Shabbat Table. 

2:30 p.m. – Gather and review files on Giving Gardens Network.

2:45 p.m. – Get and print e-files of posters for Earth Day: Local Foods dinner and Commons talk.

2:50 p.m. – Stop by JRC, drop off table cloths and towels in Chalutzim kitchen, on to Ahrens Park and Imagine Grinnell offices to meet with folks about newly-formed Grinnell Giving Gardens Network and related things. 

4:30 p.m. – Back at the CRSSJ, touch up opening remarks and blessing for Hunger Banquet. 

5:10 p.m. – Head over to JRC, peek in door to Chalutzim kitchen to say hi to students, head back to lounge. 

5:20 p.m. – Lead Kabbalat Shabbat services, stop by kitchen to pick up matzah for blessing and down to 101.

5:55 p.m. – Greet greeters, schmooze with students at tables, on chairs and on the floor for Hunger Banquet.

6:05 p.m. – Get dramatic for presentation, break matzah, wish everyone well and head back upstairs to 209.

6:20 p.m. – Start community-building exercise and Sabbath blessings. Shabbat Table: good food, good conversations.

8:30 p.m. – Collect dirty table cloths. Sit down for group song singing and blessings after eating.

9:00 p.m. – Back to CRSSJ. Close things up and head home.

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