Shakin’, Rockin’, and Hakafot

One of my favorite holidays is Sukkot.
With all the synagogues I work at, I have the opportunity of fulfilling the mitzvot of shaking the lulav and etrog, sitting and eating in many Sukkot and sharing the mitzvot with many students and others.
All week we have been shakin’ and rockin’ to great Sukkot music using egg shakers, and miniature maracas that were given to me by the Sisterhood of Temple Beth Torah after Sunday’s Bingo-Rita (which was a lot of fun!).
At Temple Beth Torah, we had a wonderful Sukkot program for seniors filled with music and stories. Several of my students from South Florida Jewish Academy came to sing for them. One of my favorite pieces for Sukkot is a parody by Julie Silver, “Under the Sukkah,” based on the song, “Under the Boardwalk.” I am not a lover of parodies, but this one I enjoy and so do the kids. The guests enjoyed it as well. The students then took the seniors in the Sukkah with lulavim and etrogim and led them in the appropriate blessings and helped them shake the four species. It was so beautiful to watch! We brought the seniors back into the synagogue because it was much too hot and the they were given beautiful teddy bears which is a tzedakah project South Florida Jewish Academy participates in a few times a year. We go around to different senior facilities and the children perform the mitzvah of giving. Please let me know if you want us to visit an independent/assistant living facility. One of my friends, Joan Florsheim read a beautiful story and then we all shared childhood stories of our Sukkot experiences.
With the schools, after celebrating Sukkot, I went right into Simchat Torah, showing the children a Torah and practicing Hakafot (processions) with walking, skipping, marching, jumping, etc.
A very active, fun, and rewarding week so far. Tomorrow, it continues and will be completed at Harbor Chase Memory Care where I will take the lulav and etrog. I hope the four species sparks some beautiful memories! I know I have many which I pray to always keep.
Shabbat Shalom uMoadim l’Simcha

About cantorrisa

I am a Cantor, Judaic Studies, and music teacher. I enjoy sharing my knowledge, and help people from young to old love being Jewish. I teach and sing in several synagogues and schools in the area. I officiate all life cycle events and teach students, children and adults, privately for their b'nai mitzvah ceremonies. I also enjoy studying Bible with all faiths either individually or in small groups (chevruta). I conduct Shabbat and High Holiday Services at K'hilat Bayt Shira and Senior Communities in the area. In my spare time, I teach key board and guitar. I am married to a wonderful man, have two children and six grandchildren. My hobbies are writing, playing and listening to music, learning, reading, crocheting and knitting.
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