2016 Week 8 – Charlie Finan

It is hard to believe Week 8 of the Fellowship has already come and gone! This summer has flown by thanks to a great internship and close friends. Having been raised in Memphis, I didn’t know if this summer would be able to show me new great things about the city I call home, or if I would just see all the regular faces at all the regular faces. Well, I can confidently say that I’ve got a whole new group of faces and great new places to explore with them! We have really grown close as a cohort and I am lucky to have new friends from Arizona, New York, Illinois, and even from right here in Memphis.

This last week was pretty exciting. On Friday, after a fulfilling week of work, we were able to have a private meeting with Mayor Jim Strickland where he spoke about some cool things for the future of our city, such as a Top Golf franchise that’s expected to be moving in downtown. Later that evening we had a Shabbat dinner at our apartment building led by some of the Fellows, where the theme of the night was respect. We had an interesting and by all means challenging discussion based around this theme to help us reflect on our past week as well as the program as a whole. Saturday night, we also had a special program. With some help from Arts Memphis, we held Havdallah at the Metal Museum, somewhere I’m not sure many kids from Memphis had even been before. We had a lovely tour of the Museum and its exhibits before having Havdallah on the highest bluff on the Mississippi River, a killer view that happens to serve as the Metal Museum’s outdoor exhibit yard.

This summer has been packed with fun events like these that have truly opened my eyes to what it means to be a Memphian. I can’t wait to see what these next two weeks have in store – between my amazing internship at Running Pony Productions and Jewish events like my group-led Shabbat coming up this Friday. I’m sure they will be meaningful.

-Charlie Finan

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