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Some Notes from Cantor Lois

10/01/2020 11:33:48 AM


Cantor Lois


04/05/2022 09:34:18 AM


This week, it was my honor to represent the Association of Rabbis and Cantors at the Academy of Jewish Religion's Senior Legacy gathering. The three Rabbinical candidates shared their individual and group wisdom, as they continue to cross the threshold towards their ordination this Thursday. It brought back poignant memories of that powerful time for my ordination class, and of the inspirational meetings I had attended every year that I...Read more...


03/22/2022 10:47:18 AM


Many years ago, I celebrated my "Adult Bat Mitzvah", when I was a new mom, and a steady shul-goer (temple attendee), at The United Synagogue of Hoboken. At the time, I was hungry to learn all I could about participating in services. I attended a class to learn how to read Hebrew in the siddur. I walked around Manhattan with my "Walkman" (don't know what that is? Look it up!LOL!), learning the prayers and blessings, and a very sweet...Read more...

Some Notes from Cantor Lois - "The Four Mitzvot"

03/15/2022 11:56:13 AM


Chevre, (Friends),

Just as the seder during Pesach (Passover) has its Four Questions, the observance of Purim has its Four Mitzvot (commandments): Reading/hearing the Megillah, (Book of Esther), sending mishloach manot, (gift baskets), the Seudah, (festive meal), and Matanot La'evyonim, giving to the poor. You may hear some people say that another commandment is to get so drunk that...Read more...

Seasons of Our Joy

02/15/2022 11:08:25 AM


Chevre (Friends),

Spring is on its way! That means Purim is almost here and Pesach will arrive just as we finish eating all that delicious hamantaschen, (gluten-free or otherwise!). So, why do I feel sad? Unfortunately, the answer is obvious: things are not the same as they used to be, and we are not all together, looking forward to celebrating together, in the same old way.

Some of you are out and...

Here's to New Beginnings!

02/01/2022 09:52:05 AM


Chevre, (Friends),

At this writing, on Tuesday morning, 2/1/22, we are celebrating Day 1 of Rosh Chodesh Adar I (which began last night). Tonight, begins Day 2 of Rosh Chodesh Adar I , and boy! there sure is a lot of math in Jewish practice! This morning, during our staff meeting, Rabbi Rudin explained why we sometimes have two months of Adar, as we do this year. A quick Google search gave a similar...Read more...

Shabbat Shirah - The Shabbat of Song

01/11/2022 09:28:58 AM


Chevre, (Friends),

This week's parasha, Beshallach, contains an integral reading for the Jewish people, it is the Song at the Sea, (Shirat haYam), and, even the sight of it, as it is written in the scroll, looks like ocean waves!

This Shabbat has come to be called The Shabbat of Song, because of the importance of the...Read more...


01/04/2022 01:03:24 PM


Happy New Year! At this writing, on January 4th, I am remembering my father, who would have turned 102 today! Now, that just seems impossible! 102?! Yesterday, my sister and I were reminiscing about random moments that had come to mind. It made me stop and think of all of you. So many of our members, at Adath Shalom, have loved ones they've lost either recently or many, many years ago. Many of you are consistent in keeping their memories...Read more...

Midrash HaZak - Torah Wisdom by 70 over 70---Honored to be included!

12/21/2021 10:30:24 AM


Leaving some leeway for those not yet 70, I am honored to be included in #babyboomerrabbi, Rabbi Susan Elkodsi's exciting project: Midrash HaZak! Click here for "Shemot: And God said, "Hineni"!


"Daily Prayers of Gratitude"

12/14/2021 09:33:03 AM



As we come to the end of our secular calendar year, it is easy to see how far we've come and how far we have to go. The miracle of vaccines and boosters, the ability to protect our precious children, the ability to gather again. As a society, we are still struggling with polarized views of what is best for our nation, and that continues to impact people's personal and professional relationships. And through all the dramatic...Read more...

"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


Tue, May 24 2022 23 Iyyar 5782