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Some Notes from Cantor Lois

10/01/2020 11:33:48 AM


Cantor Lois

"Who is Teaching My Child/Grandchild?"

11/09/2021 09:03:21 AM


Chevre  (Friends,

We are in b'nai mitzvah season and it is a joy to share such happy moments with our Adath Shalom families and their friends and families. A lot of preparation goes into becoming a confident, capable bar or bat mitzvah, who is ready to share what they've learned, with their family and congregation. The learning starts very early. Earlier than many might think. And, it can be supported, or diluted, as...Read more...

Misheberach for Healing

10/26/2021 09:41:57 AM


Don't stop now! Vayomer...

10/12/2021 11:47:20 AM


I hope you've begun working on learning to recite sh'ma and v' Adath Shalom we generally read the second paragraph of the sh'ma silently, and start up aloud again on p.113 of Siddur Sim Shalom for Shabbat and Festivals (on Shabbat morning), page 31 on Friday Night.  Either place, here's a link to the sound files on the Adath Shalom website:  


Sh'ma and V'ahavta -- a good place to start!

10/05/2021 11:06:23 AM


Chevre (Friends),

We are commanded to recite the Sh'ma and its related blessings twice a day: at night, and in the morning. We are each commanded to recite the Sh'ma, so, it's never too early or late to learn how! Do you have Siddur Sim Shalom for Shabbat and Festivals? That is the siddur (prayerbook) we use at Adath Shalom. You can find the Sh'ma on page 30, in the Friday Night Service. The words don't change for...Read more...

"Nothing Jewish til Chanukah?"

09/30/2021 08:15:35 AM


Chevre (Friends),

The 5782 High Holidays are history. Even Sukkot and Shemini Atzeret have passed. Simchat Torah (often ignored by many these days), was completed last night.  So, that's it for Jewish observance until the first night of Chanukah, November 28th, right? I'd like to suggest that it's just the opposite and that, for those of you who have not yet added Shabbat observance to your Jewish...Read more...

"Where Do  We Go From Here?"

09/19/2021 09:16:37 AM


Chevre, (Friends),

I hope your High Holiday experiences were meaningful, inspiring even! Now that 5782 has officially begun, where do we go from here? Well, as I type this edition of "Some Notes from Cantor Lois", people are physically at Adath Shalom, and the raising of the community sukkah is in the works. I'm about to work with a list of B'nai Mitzvah students, some of whose Bar/Bat Mitzvah is rapidly...Read more...

G'mar Chatimah Tovah - May You Be Sealed in the Book of Life

09/14/2021 12:12:26 PM


With love, I share this beautiful "private concert" from my extraordinarily talented friend, cellist Diane Chaplin.


It's Now or Never

08/24/2021 10:20:06 AM


Chevre (Friends),

As Rosh Hashanah approaches, some of us may feel disappointed in what we won't have, during this continuing time of Covid. Last year many of us were feeling isolated and frustrated, and scared.  We weren't able to gather in person at Adath Shalom, and we weren't able to gather around the holiday table with our friends and family. Having a taste of normalcy, after many of us were fortunate enough to be...Read more...

Wanting the pain to go away.

08/10/2021 01:07:40 PM


Chevre (Friends),

These are challenging times and although a great deal of the challenges are due to the seemingly unending pandemic, the truth is that almost every family is also dealing with something else, completely unrelated to the pandemic. Wanting to be there for each other and with each other is natural. More and more, however, it is not always the safest practice. So how can we be there for each other when many...Read more...

Announcing the  Month of Elul

08/03/2021 10:22:05 AM


Chevre (Friends),

This Shabbat we will announce the new month of Elul, which begins Saturday night, Sunday, and Monday. Can you hear the drums beating in the distance? I can! Elul is the month we use to enter into Rosh Hashanah, the new year, and every day we are allowed to blow shofar (i.e. not on Shabbat), we hear the startling cry of the ram's horn. Each day, we are reminded that we don't have all the time in...Read more...

"Can You Hear Me Now?"

07/27/2021 10:47:10 AM


Chevre (Friends),

When I was still in seminary, I remember having my mind blown when one of my teachers shared a part of his "Jewish journey." He told a story of when he was so angry at G-d and didn't think that it was okay. He felt lost and didn't know what to do with his feelings. His whole theology was shaken and he did not see any way to save his relationship with HaShem ("The Name," a way of referring to The Source...Read more...

The Band is Back in Town! (or, will be, on August 6th)

07/20/2021 01:40:27 PM


Shalom Chevre (Friends),

Please mark your calendars and join us for a lively KLEZMER-influenced Friday night musical Shabbat service on August 6th at 7:15pm!  Our inimitable band: Steve Fineman (bass guitar and trumpet), Alan Koenigsburg (keyboard), Carol Meiseles (violin), and Andy Silbert (clarinet), will be filling the rafters with uplifting and comforting melodies!  In a tribute to my...Read more...

"Major   Changes, Minor Adjustments"

07/13/2021 08:48:08 AM


Chevre (Friends),

I am excited to begin my sixth year serving the Adath Shalom community! We all have many special memories and much to be grateful for! 

July 1st began my new part-time contract at Adath Shalom. Where some people may feel the changes more than others, I wanted to take this opportunity to share that although I won't be at every Shabbat service or at some of the festival holiday services, I...Read more...

"Making the Most of  Each Moment!"

07/06/2021 10:38:53 AM


Chevre (Friends),

This Shabbat  begins the month of Av. For many, this represents a summer month, and not much more. There are so many ways to think about time and how we experience it. As I write this, we are eight weeks from Erev Rosh Hashanah. Of course, for a synagogue community, that means there is much work to be done! Getting everything ready from the building to the machzorim (the High...Read more...

Tzedek, Tzedek Tirdof - We Rise!

06/15/2021 11:06:33 AM


Chevre, (Friends),

Some of you may remember back in June of 2019 when Adath Shalom hosted the annual Women Cantors' Network conference. It was a marvelous opportunity for me to share my sisters (and brothers) in song, with all of my Adath Shalom family! This year, the WCN is holding a virtual conference, and one of the highlights was the presentation of the commissioned piece, composed by the incredibly talented Sue Horowitz. Sue...Read more...

06/09/2021 10:43:18 AM


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"Plus Ca Change...."

06/09/2021 09:01:13 AM


Chevre (Friends),

Insurrection! Political intrigue! Societal shifts! Plague! Death! The Wrath of God! And that's just this week's parasha (Torah chapter)!  If you haven't read Korach, you literally don't know what you're missing! The most dramatic movie on Netflix has nothing on this chapter!  And without much imagination, today's reader can find parallels to what is happening in Jewish society...Read more...

"A Land Flowing with Milk and Honey?" -- Forget it!

06/01/2021 02:42:42 PM


Chevre (Friends),

You may, or may not, be someone who,each week, takes time to read the chapter of Torah we will be reading during Shabbat. Or, perhaps you are in the habit of reading a chapter of Torah every week, and maybe even sharing your ideas with other interested friends or colleagues, and finding unique meaning from that week's  parasha (section/chapter).

If you haven't read this week's chapter...

Dealing with Re-entry Anxiety

05/24/2021 10:48:33 AM


Chevre (Friends),

As I speak with more and more congregants, and as I experience my own layered re-entry into social gatherings, this May 15th article from the Wall Street Journal, has become a helpful resource to share. Having anxiety about stepping outside and even joining people in gatherings here and there is a real thing. It is called "re-entry anxiety," and there are ways to manage it. Not everyone is ready to...Read more...

"How do you do Jewish?"

05/19/2021 10:16:05 AM


Chevre (Friends),

The newest Pew study had some very interesting data regarding American Jews and the way they identify as Jews. Serving the needs of a diversified population is part of what it means to be in community. So, this time, my Happenings article is a question to each of you: "How do YOU do Jewish"? Is it a food thing? Is it a yahrtzeit (annual anniversary of the passing of a loved one), remembrance? Is it every...Read more...

Megillat Rut- The Book of Ruth - Chapter 1, vs 16-17

05/11/2021 09:50:59 PM


"A Healing Hope"

04/26/2021 11:27:59 AM


Cantor Lois Kittner

For all of you who are healing and hoping to heal:

A Healing Hope - by Cantor Lois Kittner

Healing takes time and hope takes faith;

Faith in something constant and sure.

Sure, I’m hopeful.

I’m hopeful that my expectations don’t exceed my reality.

My reality is precious, is ever-changing, and influenced by mindful focus.

Focusing on healing...

"In  Recognition of My Students"

04/20/2021 07:53:46 AM


Chevre, (Friends),

I don't think anyone would argue that it has been a challenging year! Each of us has persevered to the best of our ability and some days, or weeks, have been better than others. Through it all, I have been inspired, and impressed, by the dedication of my students, who have continued to learn how to read Hebrew from the siddur, or prepared new Torah readings, and learned new prayers to lead during their rescheduled...Read more...

Here's to Us!

04/13/2021 12:12:51 PM


Chevre (Friends),

This is a short and heartfelt entry.  I am happy to announce that I will be continuing to serve as Cantor of Adath Shalom for another year, starting on July 1, 2021.  May we continue to go from strength to strength together. I am grateful to HaShem for the ability to serve this loving community, and I look forward to a year of continued growth and blessings.


"What's your Hebrew name?"

04/06/2021 11:23:59 AM


Chevre (Friends),

For many of us, especially those of us who are not regular religious service attendees, the importance of knowing our Hebrew name doesn't usually surface as one of our priorities on any given day. But, when someone we love is ill, or has unfortunately passed, this same question becomes important. In past generations, our ancestors knew their Hebrew names (or more likely, Yiddish names), because that was the name...Read more...

Ritual Redux

03/30/2021 07:07:09 PM


Chevre (Friends),

I hope everyone is enjoying these middle days of Pesach (Passover). When I was growing up, I spent Passover at my Aunt and Uncle's house in Far Rockaway, Queens (NY). It was fascinating to participate in the household preparations: clearing the house of chametz (bread and any other non-kosher for Passover items). Searching for the last remains of any crumbs, with a candle and a feather! And, the cooking! My...Read more...

"Poised to Run"

03/24/2021 10:26:07 AM


Chevre (Friends),

In listening to this podcast episode from Krista Tippet's "OnBeing," I knew I had no words more powerful or helpful than those shared in this conversation. Wishing you all a zissen Pesach! Be kind to yourselves. Please practice self-compassion. We are still processing the trauma of crossing the miraculously opened sea, and our journey in the desert has just begun. more...

"Did That Really Happen?"

03/09/2021 11:33:57 AM


Chevre (Friends),

One of the frequently asked questions during the reading of the Haggadah, is about the reality of the plagues visited upon the Egyptians, and by extension, the miracle of the parting of the Red Sea. "Did that really happen?" Sometimes it is asked with a twinge of disbelief or even accusation. 'How do you expect me to believe that such miracles took place in real life! Preposterous!' Sometimes it is...Read more...

Some Notes from Cantor Lois- "Let's Be Sensible!"

02/17/2021 06:42:50 AM


Chevre, (Friends),

I recently had a meeting with a professional organization and one of my responsibilities was to come up with very short, fun, get-to-know-something-about-each-other exercises, when we were taking a break from the intense work we were focused on.  It ended up being fun and it also served as a reminder of how important it is for each of us to take breaks and, how important it is for each of us to take care of...Read more...

Your Moment in Time - "A Shehechiyanu for Receiving a Vaccine"

02/09/2021 11:14:26 AM


Chevre, (Friends),

The Covid vaccine is starting to arrive at distribution hubs. As more and more people will be finding available appointments to receive the Covid-19 Vaccine, I wanted to share Rabbi Margaret Frisch Klein’s Shehechiyanu for Receiving a Vaccine.

Nathan and I were blessed to receive our first doses, and the importance of the moment cannot be exaggerated. I would like to suggest that you have this blessing...Read more...

Sun, November 28 2021 24 Kislev 5782