My first Synagogue experience at Temple Sinai in Sarasota.

It is completely normal for me to double, triple, quadruple up on events or plans when I go out of town, especially if I haven’t been out of town for a while. This trip was no different. Since I was going to be in Sarasota for the boat show Friday during the day, I decided I should see what synagogues are down there so I can attend Friday Shabbat. I picked Temple Sinai and I’m 100% certain that I made the right choice for my very first experience.

I have been to every single church service you can imagine… Free Methodist, Baptist, Pilgrim Holiness, Pentecostal, Catholic and who knows what else plus all some holidays spent at the services…. but this was my first time ever stepping foot inside a temple/synagogue. It was breathtaking. Of course, we live in the 21st century where we have millions of photos and videos at the tap of a finger, but absolutely nothing compares to walking inside of one. Being there physically, mentally.

Everyone welcomed me with open arms. I was so happy to be greeted with so much love and kindness, and by SO MANY OF THEM …. at the same time… asking all of the questions! But, it was lovely, and my Friday night was certain made.

The service I attended wasn’t a normal one—the night was basically dedicated to the teachers there at the temple as it was a teacher/staff appreciation. But that’s okay, because it reminded me how much I miss all of my teachers and how much I used to shower them with ‘Happy Teacher Appreciation Day/Week’ emails way back when.

Temple Sinai’s service included a lot of singing… which I absolutely love. I recognized the phrase “Baruch atah, Adonai” that I hear a lot from Central Synagogue’s services when I watch/listen to them online.

It is often scary and awkward to be the only one in a large place that doesn’t know the language that the group is speaking/singing. However, that wasn’t the case for me that night, even though I didn’t know any Hebrew (other than those few recognized words). My feeling was more of a… wow, I can’t wait until I can learn the language so I can join in. “I wonder when and how fast and what I need to do to learn?” That was one of my moments on how I knew I am on the right path. Pure bliss… I tell you. I’m sure it’ll be like when I first had to start reading Latin for choir… that I still know how to read to this day, and I often (silently) thank my choir teacher for making us learn those massive masses. But I digress.

Overall, I can’t express my gratitude enough for them welcoming me in their Temple and making me feel completely at home. Literally. I absolutely love Temple Sinai. I am hoping to make it back at least once a month if not once every two months to attend Friday Shabbat. I mean Sarasota isn’t too far away if you really look at it, and I enjoy the place… so why not??

A welcoming back sort of entry & my first marine industry association meeting.

Oh. My. Goodness. Hi Everyone! I’ve missed all of you while I’ve been away. So what’s up with me? Well, the reason I’ve been MIA is because in my personal life I have the theatre world and I have been insanely busy with that. In February, I was stage managing four different productions at one time while working full time, as well as creating this fabulous new writer’s group for my local theatre, and running a couple of other projects as well. My writer’s group performance is coming up Friday April 13th, and I am super excited to share with the public what talent we have. All 4 of the plays that I was stage managing are now over, and I am just focused on my writer’s group for a while, until the Summer One Acts start up in the middle of summer.

Because I have so much passion for this industry and the theatre, I am still fighting with how I’m going to manage both of them considering both take so much time, energy, dedication… and worst of all, most all of the dates coincide with one another usually during the international shows. I have not been able to travel for a while, and I really miss that. However, things are kind of falling into place…. so I guess what I really needed was to just let go and give it time and patience and… well… now it’s happening. So, we’ll see.

The last real boat show I attended was the St Pete Show back in December with the guys I work with (that was also my last entry on here), and then I just went for an hour or so to the Tampa Fairgrounds show back in March of this year. Not much to report there.

Also, this week, it has been exactly one year since I left Thunder. I can’t believe it. I miss my family like crazy but I’m in a completely different place now in life and work itself. I remember discussing my needs and wants with them as we said goodbye… and one year later, the universe has literally aligned to give me what I truly needed, which is what I have right now and moving forward. I’m crazy blessed and happy.

SO TODAY….. Marked a brand new milestone. I attended my first ever marine industry association. 

Before I go on, let me fill you in… a while back towards the end of last year, my guys at work and I were looking for an association for the Tampa Bay area by my own request. I couldn’t find anything, and it wasn’t until recently I was talking to Mike from The Mariner that I found out WE DO have an association for the area!!! OH MY. So I looked into it…. and found out that it’s hosted by the Southwest Florida Marine Industries Association.

My first marine industry association experience: it was surreal. 

Last year or the year before, I was only dreaming of joining… and now… I have, and it was really real… that I was sitting in a room full of industry professionals. Also, crazy, and amazing. Amazingly crazy.

They had a list of topics they were discussing and nearly every. single. one. of. them. were topics of things I wanted to help the industry become better at or fix!!!! I was like, ‘whoa… is this really happening?’ Yep. Totally meant for me to be there today, because IT WAS LITERALLY LIKE READING FROM MY VERY OWN LIST THAT I CREATED A YEAR AGO that I just kind of gave up in my old life, as things started changing for me. You know what they say… that butterfly theory – if you let it go and it comes back to you – it was meant to be yours after all. And so. We start there.

I signed my company up for a membership, and I am planning on getting involved in whatever realms I can for the time being. I have a lot of ideas on how I know can help (or want to help) and hopefully fill in some of their empty spots of needing someone to do that. Being there today completely meant everything to me because it has turned my world around… and I have felt more BSG than I have in a long time.

This is a new chapter for BSG, and I can’t wait to see what happens next.

Love you guys!
Until next time, Karen Maeby the Boat Show Girl