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Some Notes from Cantor Lois

10/01/2020 11:33:48 AM

Oct1

Cantor Lois

Here's to Us!

04/13/2021 12:12:51 PM

Apr13

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.

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"What's your Hebrew name?"

04/06/2021 11:23:59 AM

Apr6

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

Mar30

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

Mar24

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.

OnBeing.org-Christine...Read more...

"Did That Really Happen?"

03/09/2021 11:33:57 AM

Mar9

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

Feb17

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

Feb9

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...

The Family That Prays Together....

01/27/2021 11:06:02 AM

Jan27

Chevre, (Friends),

Last year, just after the pandemic closed the doors to our sanctuary and building, I launched a Jr. Congregation experiment on Zoom. The purpose was to use the time and resources we had, as efficiently as possible, while also acclimating pre-B’nai Mitzvah students, who would most probably find themselves helping to lead services on Zoom for their respective Bar or Bat Mitzvah Shabbats. We continued meeting during...Read more...

"Sliding into Home"

01/19/2021 02:07:42 PM

Jan19

Chevre, (Friends),

It’s been a tumultuous few weeks and anxiety is high. Our emotions are real and our concerns legitimate. Still, I am filled with hope for our country, for our state, and for our community. When every minute is billed as “Breaking News”, I want to remind you that being on alert all day long, every day, is detrimental to your physical, spiritual, and mental health. Please take time to unplug, to breathe fresh...Read more...

Happy 95th Birthday to Our Beloved Olga!

01/13/2021 02:31:57 PM

Jan13

Our beloved Olga Menczer turns 95 this Wednesday, January 13, 2021.

Olga is a legend in many circles and a Rock Star at Adath Shalom! Simply put, we just adore her! Olga tells it like it is, hugs and cries without abandon, and takes young and old under her wings of love. We are blessed to call her our Olga!

This past Shabbat, I had asked Olga if I might sing a song in honor of her special birthday. Without hesitation, Olga said “Eli, Eli is my favorite song. I just love it!” She then went on to tell me some of the memorable occasions when it was performed or sung just for her.  One of those occasions was at Cantor Brian Kalver’s congregation, Congregation B’nai Israel. Cantor Brian sang his rendition just before Olga was about to deliver a talk, and she was so moved, it took a while to then take the stage and deliver her presentation.  Cantor Brian and Sue Och’s daughter, Emily Kalver, is an alumna of the Zamir Choir and she also wanted to share in this musical gift for Olga.

Here are some links to “Eli, Eli” in honor our beloved Olga Menzer’s 95th birthday. And, as we say, in our Hebrew/Yiddish/Jewish….blessing:

Hebrew: עד מאה ועשרים שנה‎: Ad me'ah ve-essrim shana; 

Yiddish: ביז הונדערט און צוואַנציק; Biz hundert un tsvantsig),

May you live "till 120" (and beyond!!)

 

Cantor Lois – “Eli, Eli” for Olga Menczer - 

Click here for Cantor Brian Kalver's rendition of Eli, Eli!

 

Click here for Emily Kalver's beautiful Eli, Eli!

Wishing you all good health, strength, peace, and love!

With many thanks to The Creator for helping us to stay connected with each other!

Love, Cantor Lois

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Happy New Year, Again

12/30/2020 04:10:55 PM

Dec30

Living in two calendars offers twice the opportunities to celebrate, reflect, honor, and connect. We have our Jewish birthdates and our secular birthdates, our loved ones' yahrtzeits and the secular anniversaries of their passing, our Jewish wedding anniversary and our American wedding anniversary. We observed Rosh Hashanah, the "Head" of the Jewish new year, back in September, and, at this writing, tomorrow night is New Year's Eve. Some of...Read more...

The Last Shabbat of 2020

12/27/2020 11:29:00 AM

Dec27

Chevre (Friends),
 
As we prepare for the last Shabbat of 2020, I reflect back on the many challenges and losses we have faced, as a community. I am also greatly appreciative of the creativity and openness we have brought to keeping our community together, and I look forward to new beginnings in the new secular year.
 
We may not all gather together for our Friday Night services, but I've enjoyed reaching out to many...Read more...

The Forward

12/16/2020 11:51:07 AM

Dec16

Chevre (Friends),
 
Just before the High Holidays, I was interviewed by a journalist from The Forward. I happened upon the article last week, and although it is from a few months ago, the situation has not really changed. I encourage you to read it, as it describes the challenges faced by congregations, where singing is part of the service. On a personal note, here, my husband, Nathan, often would share stories of his beloved...Read more...

The Menorah Awards Puppet Show!  Join us this Friday Night!

12/09/2020 09:24:52 AM

Dec9

Chevre (Friends),
 
This Friday night, please Zoom in for our Adath Shalom Family service and Chanukah fun! There will be service filled with light and love, and the fabulous fun of a Rabbi Rudin Puppet Show D'var Torah!

Here's a little teaser of the fun we'll share together....



 
Wishing you all good health, strength, peace, and love!

With many thanks to The Creator for helping us to shine our light on each other!

Chag Chanukah Sameach!
Stay safe. Be well!
Love,
Cantor Lois

Be the Light!

12/02/2020 12:18:46 PM

Dec2

Chevre (Friends),
 
One candle can brighten up a room! One smile can warm a person's heart!

If you can't be there for yourself sometimes, then try to be there for someone else. It will do you both a world of good!
 
With darkness all around us....BE THE LIGHT!

Wishing you all good health, strength, peace, and love!

With many thanks to The Creator for helping us to shine our light on each other!

Stay safe. Be well!
Love,
Cantor Lois
 

Give Thanks!

11/23/2020 01:43:57 PM

Nov23

Chevre (Friends),
 
Wishing you all a happy, healthy Thanksgiving! In this year of being physically distant so that we may stay healthy and keep each other healthy, I hope you take even more time to count your many blessings! I certainly count each and every one of you, among my bounty!


 
Wishing you all good health, strength, peace, and love!
With many thanks to The Creator for all our many blessings!

Stay safe. Be well!

Love,
Cantor Lois

A Moment of Meditation Update

11/18/2020 01:36:27 PM

Nov18

 Chevre, (Friends),

Our initial attempt at offering “A Moment of Meditation” on Tuesday mornings at 10am seemed to have gone rather well! As long as our luck continues, and “the creek don’t rise,” we’ll keep it going!

You can find the Zoom link on our Adath Shalom calendar, or visit my “Cantor Lois” Facebook page. It’s just a five to ten-minute meditation to help us stop, breathe, center, and then get...Read more...

A Moment of Meditation - Tuesdays at 10 AM

11/11/2020 04:55:07 PM

Nov11

Chevre (Friends),
 
I hope you are all well, and are taking care of yourselves. These past few weeks have been filled with increased anxiety across the nation, and, for many families in our own community, increased personal challenges of health and well-being. Adath Shalom is a loving community, and time and time again, we are there for each other.
 
Facing the challenges of isolation for some, and over-burdening for...Read more...

This Friday Night!

11/05/2020 03:34:22 PM

Nov5

Shabbat Shalom!

THIS FRIDAY NIGHT! 7:15PM - Our Adath Shalom Religious School students and their families, will help to usher in Shabbat!
 
ZoOm in for the FUN! ZoOm in for the togetherness! ZoOm in for the delightful singing co-led by our students!
 
ZoOm in for...Read more...

Got Bentsch Amerike

11/04/2020 12:20:48 PM

Nov4

As we approach Election Day, 2020.... Here's my prayer as sung at our
"Coming to America" event at Adath Shalom, in October 2016.


 
May we all be inspired to march toward peace!
 
PLEASE VOTE!

In celebration of parashat Noach this Shabbat...

10/22/2020 12:02:45 PM

Oct22

I hope you enjoy watching and listening to this delightful song by my Women Cantors' Network friend and colleague, Susan Shane Linder! Watch the totally fun hand gestures by her "back-up group"!

https://www.facebook.com/singinwithsusan/videos/10153361827134839/

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Beresheet and Broadway

10/15/2020 02:26:16 PM

Oct15

My dear friends,
 
This Shabbat we begin again, with Beresheet, the first book of the Torah. I am feeling nostalgic and yearning for Broadway and regional theatre, and all the marvelous miracles of creation theatre provides.
 
Many years ago, in one of my cabaret shows, I sang a song by Maury Yeston, from his musical, "In the Beginning." In a loving nod to the magic that is creation, here is a lovely version of "New Words,"  as sung by Brian Stokes Mitchell. May we all find the strength to begin again, each and every day, and may you find comfort and delight in this beautiful rendition of "New Words."

 

V'samachta b'chagekha

10/12/2020 04:56:42 PM

Oct12

"V'samachta b'chagekha - v'hayita' akh sa'me'ach" (you shall rejoice, and be only happy) (Devarim 16:14-15).

Chag Sameach!

Cantor Lois Builds Her Sukkah

10/12/2020 03:55:50 PM

Oct12

Join me while I build my Sukkah!


Maybe this will be YOUR year to raise a Sukkah of your own!
 

Cantor Lois's sukkah being built

Cantor Lois's sukkah inside

 

Chag Sameach!

 

 

 

L'Shanah Tovah Tikateivu v'Teikhateimu!

09/24/2020 11:33:24 AM

Sep24

My Dear Adath Shalom community,

L'Shanah Tovah Tikateivu v'Teikhateimu!
May you be inscribed and sealed for a good year!
 
As we continue our journey of Biblical proportions, across the desert of unknowns, using the advances of technology and teamwork every step along our way, I find it easier and easier to picture myself, along with all of you, as real people, living the stories of our Torah!
 
I have...Read more...

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