Memories, Friendship, and Love

I just got home from Harbor Chase Memory Care Facility where I conduct a half hour musical mini-Shabbat Service for the residents.

The past couple of weeks have been wonderful, touching experiences for me. I have been writing that the participants have been singing more, clapping, tapping their feet and enjoying more and more. Several look forward to my coming in and a few show a lot of excitement.

There is a couple that started coming last week. The wife is the resident and her husband visits her everyday. The wife wants to converse with me. I do talk to her and she responds a lot, but with irrelevant words to our conversations. She speaks with feeling, and her feelings and intonations seem quite relevant so I get an idea of what she is saying to me. I am confident that what she wants to say is relevant in her head, but it just does not process out of her mouth correctly. Anyway, the couple sits next to each other and lovingly enjoys the service. They are knowledgeable and sing with me all the time. Today, the husband was feeding his wife a snack and then her head was on his shoulder and he lovingly was caressing it while enjoying my service.

I had tears in my eyes especially while singing the M’sheberach by Debbie Friedman and a song called Guide My Steps based on Hashkivenu. I kept on looking at this couple and I know that no matter what, there is a friendship and a love for each other that will forever go on.

We sang Oseh Shalom today because of what is going on in Israel. After we were done, I started to pour the grape juice for Kidush and some of the participants kept on singing. It sounded so beautiful, especially one of the residents who has an outstanding soprano voice. It sounded like a choir.

What a wonderful service! I feel so blessed!

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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