Turkey and Latkes

It has been a very busy few weeks planning Thanksgiving feasts and Chanukah shows at schools, but everything has gone quite smoothly for the most part. We have had a blast with singing about turkeys, pumpkins, pilgrims, latkes, dreidels, chanukiahs and more!
One of my favorite Chanukah songs is “Yodelay Do Potato,” by Ellen and Peter Allard. It will one of the finally songs at one of the Chanukah shows. It was interesting. On a whim I used it in one of my young teenage classes this week. Although it is a song for young children, it can be fun for even some of the older kids. I told the class that I want to do a silly Chanukah song, I sang the first verse so they can hear it, then we sang the rest using it as a zipper song. It was awesome and we had a blast!
My Shabbat services at the Memory Care Assistant Living Facility is so rewarding. More and more of the residents are singing with me! I am able to get them to clap as well, but hearing them sing is so rewarding. It is interesting that when I wear very bright colors, they compliment me right away on what I am wearing. I just see such a difference from the first couple of visits I made.
Today I lead morning minyan for Rosh Chodesh Kislev at Temple Beth Torah in Tamarac. It was a beautiful experience. Several of the women wanted to support WOW, Women of the Wall in Jerusalem where many arrests have been made for women wanting to pray at the Kotel. I won’t go into all the details. It is all over the internet what is going on. The chapel was pretty full, so hearing all the voices as one was just awesome! I felt so at peace from the wrapping to the davening, to the cameraderie.
Last week I started teaching an autistic student. His parents would like him to have a Bar Mitzvah ceremony. He reads English very well so I am writing the prayers that he will do in transliteration and then he will learn the melodies. He has a beautiful singing voice and learns music pretty quickly. We sang the Sh’ma together, and he came to me this week knowing how to recite the blessing for putting on the tallit (prayer shawl). We sang Chanukah songs and I showed him pictures of the foods we eat and what we do to the other things we do to celebrate the holiday. He recognized all the pictures. He will have a beautiful ceremony.
Oh! Today was my first day teaching music at Inverarry Chabad. We had a great time singing, playing instruments and dancing.
Tomorrow night is our Turkey Tot Shabbat at Temple Beth Torah in Tamarac. It starts at 6PM. Join us!
Shabbat Shalom.

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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