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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.

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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Exhausting and Exhilarating

The High Holidays were exhausting and exhilarating. Exhausting because I conducted services for three different  senior communities, exhilarating because I conducted services for three different senior communities.  Each community different culturally.  I sang Kol Nidre seven times! One, is the … Continue reading

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High Holiday Sermon – Chutzpa

Sermon Chutzpa Chutzpa is a Yiddish word originating from the ancient Hebrew language. The first mention of Chutzpa was 2000 years ago in the Mishna, oral law used to clarify Torah law, which was written down. I believe the word … Continue reading

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High Holiday Sermon

Sermon Yom Kippur My Home I feel very fortunate to have been to Israel several times since 1999. I will never forget my first trip. My husband, Ron, and I went for our 25th wedding anniversary. I could not believe … Continue reading

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From Young To Old

Teaching from toddlers to teenagers.
Seniors
Secular education
Jewish education
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I Was Not Afraid

Are you still going to Israel?  Aren’t you afraid to go to Israel with everything that is going on? Are you cancelling your trip? The questions kept coming and coming, but my answer was always the same.  I am still … Continue reading

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Finding Your Beshert

Today I had the privilege of officiating a wedding ceremony after the couple’s wedding ceremony.  That’s right!  The reasoning behind this is one of the most beautiful reasons. At Harbor Chase Memory Care, where I conduct a weekly Shabbat service, … Continue reading

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Passing the Mike

Whenever possible, my grandson, Ethan, accompanies me to my Friday night service at the Court At Palm Aire.  He assists me in conducting services.  Every time he comes, he knows more and more prayers and I do not mind passing … Continue reading

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Blessed

I constantly say how blessed I am with what I do for a living.  How many people can wake up in the morning and say they love what they do?  Yes, sometimes I feel overwhelmed; overly anxious; and there are … Continue reading

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Out Of Thee Mouths of Babes

Teaching children of all ages music, Hebrew, Judaic Studies, Torah, and more allows me to listen to what they have to say. I was studying the holiday of Passover with one of my 10 year old private students.  While learning … Continue reading

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