Giving Is Receiving

It has been a very busy few weeks, but what’s new?
There have been preparations for Chanukah shows in my schools, and Chanukah performances with my schools at different senior facilities. Of course the two that I work for, The Court At Palm Aire, and tomorrow at Harbor Chase Memory Care.
I think the most touching and emotional one was this evening at the Daniel Cantor Senior Center. Temple Beth Torah’s Religious School came to entertain and spend time with the seniors. The parents dropped them off, although some stayed to help, and we sang several Chanukah pieces, some contemporary and some traditional. My grandson, Ethan, came with me because he is in second grade and his grade does not got to Religious School on Tuesdays yet. He sat right in the front with the packet to sing from and sang with everyone else. I am so proud of him! Up until recently, Ethan would not sing in front of anybody even in a large group setting.
After the children sang, we asked the seniors if they wanted to share any Chanukah music from their past with us. One woman came up, played the piano and sang. I held the mike for her so she could be heard. It was so beautiful! Not because she had the best voice, but she was having such a great time and sharing!
We ate pizza and sufganiot together, danced the hora, lit candles, and just had a wonderful time. What a mitzvah! They were so happy we came.
The hugs that we exchanged and all the sharing we did was just so heart warming!
I look forward to tomorrow.
I hope the children understand that Chanukah is not just about receiving, but also about giving. I have been giving music, but I received a warmth in my heart that I hope sticks around for quite a while!

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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