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Some Notes from Cantor Lois

10/01/2020 11:33:48 AM


Cantor Lois

Happy 95th Birthday to Our Beloved Olga!

01/13/2021 02:31:57 PM


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


Happy New Year, Again

12/30/2020 04:10:55 PM


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


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


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


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!
Cantor Lois

Be the Light!

12/02/2020 12:18:46 PM


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!
Cantor Lois

Give Thanks!

11/23/2020 01:43:57 PM


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!

Cantor Lois

A Moment of Meditation Update

11/18/2020 01:36:27 PM


 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


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


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...

Got Bentsch Amerike

11/04/2020 12:20:48 PM


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!

In celebration of parashat Noach this Shabbat...

10/22/2020 12:02:45 PM


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"!


Beresheet and Broadway

10/15/2020 02:26:16 PM


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


"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


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


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...

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