Rabbi's Message - April 19, 2022
My most formative Jewish moments have been with Dan Nichols. At Goldman Union Camp Institute (GUCI) in Zionsville, Indiana, Dan was a legend even before he reached legendary status. He was the most sought after “lights out” program, serenading young campers to sleep with his guitar as they listened to him sing Harry Chapin songs and sang the evening Shema. Dan has always been full of joy, kindness, inspiration, and enthusiasm, and he set the bar for Jewish music. While Dan says that he, himself, “is a product of Jewish summer camping,” Dan has also been a catalyst for the next generation of campers who are discovering their own love of Judaism through his music. The joy I feel when I see our campers, including my own children, go a bit crazy singing and dancing to Dan’s uplifting song sessions is indescribable. I guess you will have to experience it yourself!
- Listen to Dan on Spotify
- Listen to Dan Nichols in a musical interview exploring his creative process and Jewish music today on the HUC-JIR College Commons Podcast
- Dan Nichols & Eighteen Behind the Music: Asher Yatzar
- Dan Nichols & Eighteen Behind the Music: I Believe
- Dan Nichols & Eighteen: All This Rain