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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, FEBRUARY 23, 2018 PAGE 11A By Sarah Seltzer can standards like "What a Wonderful World" to Hebrew NEW YORK--It's a bitterly songs like"Jerusalem of Gold" coldwintermorninginBrook- and "Hatikvah." lyn, but Brenda, a 101-year-old The therapy itself is con- woman in a Jewish hospice sidered an "integrative thera- facility suffering from severe peutic intervention" - non- short-term memory loss, hasa medical treatment that can special group ofvisitors show have therapeutic results. up in her warm room. Studies show that a joyful JoelleMissry, acreative arts singing experience can ame- therapy intern, arrives with liorate pain and a patient's her guitar slung over her back symptom burden without the and with her licensed music use of drugs. Ithas an exercise therapysupervisorbyherside, component, encouraging She sits beside Brenda's bed. healthy physical movement, For the next 20 minutes, suchasfeet-tappingandhand- Missry holds Brenda's hand waving. Hospice workers say and sings a combination of it also can help relax patients old Yiddish songs with help before treatments, like a from her team and Brenda's blood draw or IV infusion, home health aide, who has that might cause agitation learned some of the songs, or anxiety. But Brenda is largely sleepy Agrowingbodyofscientific and unresponsive, despite evidence supports the use of Joelle's best efforts. After music therapies in various going through a songbook medical settings, from neo- that ranges from "You are natal intensive care units to My Sunshine" to the Yiddish end-of-life and palliative care favorite "Tumbalalaika," the situations. Music is shown to group gets up to leave, boost immunity and reduce Justasthey'reabouttoexit, stress and pain by increas- however, Brenda's eyes pop ing the antibody immuno- open. Suddenly fully alert, she globulin Aand other immune begins to croon the Yiddish system-boosting cells while standard "Bai Mir Bist Du reducing the stress hormone Shoen," looking straight at cortisol. Missry. She goes through the "We've fo'und compelling song a few times, tapping her evidence that musical inter- feet and looking very pleased, ventions can play a health This is the kind of moment care role in settings rang- for which the music therapy ing from operating rooms program at MJHS Health to family clinics," Daniel System, a Jewish health care Levitin, author of the recent service provider in New York, book "This is Your Brain on was designed. Music," told the American Hospice care, which is play- Psychological Association ing an increasingly central recently."This is one reason role in end-of-life arrange- why music is associated with ments, isn'tjustaboutadmin- relaxation." istering palliative medical For Alzheimer's patients care and making sure loved specifically, aprogramcalled ones are comfortable. It's Music and Memory, featured also about relieving patients' in the documentary film pain through meaningful "Alive Inside," shows that interactions and experi- music therapy can decrease ences. Proponents of music medication usage in pa- therapy say singing has tients. The theory is that medical benefits while also music can trigger a kind of enhancing patients' social deep right-brain response, and emotional health, somethingbeyond the reach "Music therapy programs of linear memory, so that brings human dignity back even a patient who can't into the picture," Missry says. string a sentence together Music therapyisconsidered might be able to remember so important that MJHS or at least respond to lyrics Hospice now employs five from a song. full-time music therapists, Music therapy isn't just as well as interns and part- about singing old songs. The time workers, all trained therapists are trained to deal in a songbook that covers with issues like hearing loss many of the languages and oragitation, aswellascultural cultures in New York's five sensitivities. boroughs. For aging Jews, ForsomeoftheelderlyJew- that means the Yiddish and ish patients under thehospice Hebrewsongsthatbringback care, there's an extra benefit warm memories. The MJHS to the treatment. songbookrangesfromAmeri- "Often with Holocaust survivors there is a reticence on the part of patient and on the part of family members to allow pain medication," said Toby Weiss, director of cultural sensitivity and Jew- ish programming for MJHS Hospice and Palliative Care. "There is a lack of trust and there is a prior history of trau- ma when it comes to medical issues and health care inter- ventions. So when a patient is experiencing pain, as an example, if a music therapist starts to play a Yiddish song or a lullaby or something else from the patient's childhood, the vital signs change, their affect changes." Beyond easing pain, the experience of bringing a patient some music from their early life can be power- ful bonding tool, allowing a potentially tense family to come together--part of the core mission of hospice care. "I've done some of the Yid- dish songs with the families p~sent, and the family didn't kmw the person knew this stag," said Meredith Ferrel, c~ative arts therapy Team le~der at MJHS Hospice. "You h,~e that chance to have the fanily connecting or singing to~ether. It's an added gift ttat the loved one is giving tl~ family Yiddish-language solgs at the end of life and sl:aring songs with their grandchildren. There is a ce!ebration of culture." Music therapy often offers fanily members a chance tosee a side of the patient tht might long have been inretreat. Ferrel recalled hw one woman invited all he neighbors into a music thrapy session to "meet" her hL~band with dementia--the mLsic unexpectedly had br, ught out a glimmer of his fomer personality. ;harla Burton, a music thrapist with MJHS Hospice, saJ the music sometimes inuces primal emotions, calarsis and joy that makes th experience especially maningful for patients and thir families. ~Some people will respond tohearing 'Hava Nagila' as if hey're at a bar mitzvah or wdding!" she said. ~his article was spon- so~d by and produced in part- n ship with MJHS Health S~ftem and UJA-Federation of Nev York to raise awareness ard facilitate conversations about end-of-life care in a Jewish context. This article was produced by JTA's native content team. OB TUAR ES LEAH CODRON Beth Shalom Memorial Cha- Gotchman of New Jersey. He Leah Codron, age 72, of pel, 640 Lee Road, Orlando is also survived by his grand- Casselberry, passed away on 32810. 407-599-1180. son, Jordan Gotchman; and Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018, at her his brother, Charles Sarnoff. residence. She was born on ALVIN M. SARNOFF His wife of 55 years, Barbara March 18, 1945, in Salisbury, Alvin M. Sarnoff, DDS, age Lesser Sarnoff, passed away Zimbabwe, daughter of the 93,ofLongwood, passedaway in 2005. late Avraham and Felice AI- on Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018, at In memory of Dr. Alvin M. hadeffAmato. She earned her Hospice of the Comforter in Sarnoff, the family requests associates degree and worked Aitamonte Springs. Born in contributions to JNF desig- as an accountant in human New York City on Aug. 30, natedtoALEHNegev-Nahalat resources. 1924, he was a son of the late Erm. Please call 1-800-541- Locally, Leah is survived Julius and Martha Sapirstein 8%3andquotetrackingnum- by her husband, Solomon Sarnoff. 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Congregation Ohev Shalom (C), 613 Concourse Parkway South, Maitland, 407-298- 4650;; Shabbat service, Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m. Congregation Shalom Aleiehem (R), 3501 Oak Pointe Blvd Kissimmee, 407-935- 0064;; Shabbat service, 1st and 3rd Fridays of the month, 8 p.m. Congregation Shomer Ysraei (C), 5382 Hoffner Ave Orlando, 407-227-1258, call for services and holiday schedules. Congregation Sinai (C/R), 303A N. S.R. 27, Minneola; 352-243-5353; congregation-; services: every Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Shabbat Service evert Saturday, 10 a.m. Orlando Torah Center (O), 8591 Banyan Blvd Orlando; 347-456-6485; Shacharis- Shabbos 9 a.m.; Mon.--Thurs. 6:45 a.m.; Sun. and Legal Holidays 8 a.m.; Mincha/Maariv Please call for times. Southwest Orlando Jewish Congregation/Ohalei Rivka (C), 11200 S. Apopka- Vineland Rd Orlando, 407-239- 5444; Shabbat service, Friday, 7:3O p.m.; Saturday, 9:3O a.m. Temple Beth El (R), 579 N. Nova Rd Ormond Beach, 386-677-2484. Temple Beth Shalom (R), P.O. 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New York Ave DeLand, 386-736-1646; www.; Friday Shabbat service, 7 p.m.; Saturday, 10:00 a.m. followed by Torah study. Temple Shalom (formerly New Jewish Congregation) (R), 13563 Country Road 101, Oxford, 352-748-1800;; Shabbat services: Friday, 7 p.m.; last Saturday of the month, 9:30 a.m. Temple Shalom of Deltona (R/C), 1785 Elkcam Blvd Deltona, 386-789-2202; www.; Shabbat service; Saturday: 10 a.m. Temple Shir Shalom (R) Services held at Temple Israel, 50 S. Moss Rd Winter Springs, 407-366-3556,; Shabbat services: three Fridays each month, 7:30 p.m. Traditional Congregation of Mount Dora (T) Mount Dora, 352-735-4774; www.; Shabbat services: Saturday, 9:30 a.m. sharp. (R) Reform (C) Conservative (O) Orthodox (Rec) Reconstructionist (T) Mehitsa