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Cantor Erica (Riki) Lippitz
Cantor Erica (Riki) Lippitz

Cantor Erica “Riki” Lippitz, cantor emerita of Oheb Shalom Congregation in South Orange, presents “Music and Memory — Music to Heal in the Coda of Life,” on Thursday, March 31, at 1 p.m. The program’s goal, she said, is to make the therapeutic use of personalized music a standard of care throughout the health care industry.

Cantor Lippitz will give an hour-long presentation and talk on Zoom as part of the West Morris branch of the National Council of Jewish Women’s Clergy series. Combining her passions for music and people, and certified by the Music and Memory Foundation, Cantor Lippitz has been studying and applying ways in which music can help people with Alzheimer’s disease and other memory disorders and challenges.

“Music is a source of comfort, affirmation, peace, and joy,” Cantor Lippitz said. “We can each be a channel to bring music into a silent room and use music to awaken consciousness in a family member or friend.”

Cantor Lippitz is a co-founder of the Kol Dodi Chorale of Greater MetroWest, and she directed Oheb Shalom’s adult and children’s choirs. As a member of the Beged Kefet folk-singing group, she recorded three albums that raised thousands of dollars for charity.

Registration with name, email address, hometown, and phone number is requested by email to Dorf Manahan of Morristown, the series co-chair, at iadpr@aol.com. The other co-chair is Melanie Levitan, also of Morristown. For more information, go to ncjwwestmorris.org.

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