Author Archives: cantorrisa

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 an Assistant and Independent Living Facility. I have been there for 13 years! 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 learning, reading, crocheting and knitting, and of course my music. When we can afford it, I do love to travel.

Past, Present, and Community

It took me a while to have the time to write about my personal experience with the Yiskor Service on Yom Kippur. My birth parents passed away 16 months apart.  I call them my birth parents because even though they … Continue reading

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Shalom! It Has Been Too Long!

A lot has happened: Employment changes; moving; health problems that I learned to deal with; learning to live with others; husband’s health problems; and so much more. LIFE! Continue reading

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Hope

Here is another High Holiday Sermon. Hope I did not know what I was going to write until I read an article by Rabbi Marc Gellman who is part of a team with Monsignor Tom Hartman called, The God Squad. … Continue reading

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Happiness and Meaning

One of my sermons from the High Holidays. I thank all the contributors. Happiness and Meaning One of my favorite videos and songs the past couple years is the song, “Happy,” by Pharrell Williams. It seemed like the whole nations … Continue reading

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Ups and Downs

Well, everybody here in South Florida says that summer is over.  After living here for 20 years, I still can’t say that until after Labor Day even though I start my first day of school tomorrow and Hebrew Starts Sunday. … Continue reading

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Visitations

Yesterday, upon walking into Harbor Chase Memory Care in Tamarac, I was asked by the Director to visit a resident who is nearing the end of his life and sing a of song to him. This resident has only been … Continue reading

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Like Me and You

Integrating music with other subjects. Continue reading

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What A Wonderful Year

I have not written all school year.  Either I was much too busy, or too tired. This year has had it’s challenges, both good and not so good; but I consider it a wonderful year. For the first time in … Continue reading

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Seniors Are People Too!

I was asked to celebrate the Seventh Day of Chanukah at a senior community several weeks ago. The Activities Director called me to find out what time I would get there to set up.  I also relayed to her what … Continue reading

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I Am Blessed

It has been a difficult two weeks due to family losses. One of my Bar Mitzvah Families lost a grandparent, three months before the Bar Mitzvah Ceremony; and one of my congregants lost a family member. So, why do I … Continue reading

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