Monkeyboy's in a youth choir, for kids from 2nd thru 7th grade.
It's called Kol NoVa, combining the ancient Hebrew word for "voice" with the ancient Hebrew word for "Northern Virginia".
The kids come from across the Jewish spectrum: Some are in Jewish day school, some come from a moderately observant Conservative background, and some are Reform.
The kids give up a chunk of what would otherwise be a free Sunday afternoon, most weekends in the school year.
They sing four or five times annually. At choral concerts, holiday events, and, twice each year, at the monthly Friday night service at Greenspring Village, a retirement community I've mentioned here before.
Here's a picture of Kol NoVa at Greenspring, one Friday night, earlier this month.
He's handling recent events in stride, and without missing a beat.
He bears the same smile today that you see above. (Second from the right.)
I'm trying to learn from his example. But there's an 8th grade bully I'd gladly strangle.
MiDC thinks that's nuts. He's satisfied that the wonderful school administrator dealing with all this, Mr. D., has his back and is working to make sure Evil Apu is treated appropriately. I guess a lot depends on whether the miscreant's parents react with pride or mortification. RFB is sure E.A. learned this behavior at home. I'm hopeful that's not true.
More on that, as developments warrant.