The Journey Continues!

What an amazing few days!
Model Seders, Bar Mitzvah ceremonies, services at the senior centers, and more to come!
Last week at Harbor Chase, I had a wild crowd! When I told the residents it was time to clap, tap their toes, get up and dance, it was amazing! I actually had a couple of people who danced! It was awesome! What a way to bring in Shabbat! We had a great time!
It is so amazing how our brains work. For example, the residents may not remember what happens five minutes ago, but they remember the prayers.
Friday night one of my classes had their class Shabbat. I co-conducted Shabbat services as well. I had such a blast! I love mixing the tradition tastefully with some of the contemporary music. My class did so well with the music we prepared, and they had a great time as well, which is what I encourage. I tell my classes, they do not have to stand like soldiers on bima, they are to have fun with what they are doing, and most of the them do. One of the students played guitar with me for one of the pieces, and for another song, the teacher played percussion. What a great evening.
I played the music for a women’s seder last week and it was beautiful. What I really liked about it was that there was a nice balance between tradition and contemporary. It was not the least feminist. Everybody left on high note. One of the attendees asked for the music I did so she can enhance her seder.
Now for the Bar Mitzvah ceremony I officiated this past Shabbat. It was just beautiful. My student is autistic. He is very musical and memorizes very well. He wants to make sure that he does everything well. I designed the Saturday morning with different melodies than I would normally use. I made it as kosher a service as possible while keeping it short enough for my student’s tolerance level. He recited three verses of Torah and 6 verses of the Haftarah as well as several of the prayers. I had chills a lot through the service, and blessing him was just an awesome experience for me. The love you see and feel in the family is so beautiful! His brother is next! We had the service at the facility I conduct Friday night services. The residents were invited and some did come, and the ceremony was the talk of the place while they were hanging out waiting for lunch!
More to come and the journey continues!

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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