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The Year-Round Music of Makor

As we look forward with great anticipation to the February 27 Jewish Music Hall of Fame Show, presented by Makor Care and Services Network, we reflect with pride on the musical talents of our son Ben, a beloved Makor resident.

Everyone who knows Ben immediately recognizes that he has cornered the special-needs music market with his extraordinary natural melodic aptitude.

Ben has a gifted ear for tunes and songs, memorizing their lyrics and nuances. His wide array of ‘internal storage’ ranges from the broad spectrum of Jewish music and Shabbat tefilot to Beatles tunes, and more. Ben has gone from teaching himself to play the keyboard (by ear at near-perfect pitch!) to receiving invitations to sing at his nursery school graduation, summer camp and family gatherings. His lifelong musical progression has led counselors and others to describe him as “the boy who sings.”

When Ben moved into his Makor residence more than four years ago, the loving staff and his housemates instantly realized that all forms of music were Ben’s forte. Although his verbal communication skills are somewhat limited, he enunciates musical lyrics and words clearly.

Makor’s genuine concern and commitment to nurture their clients’ strengths led them to arrange for Ben to continue his musical growth: They have equipped his residence with both a keyboard and a drum set, and provide Ben with one-on-one music lessons. These thoughtful and sensitive amenities empower Ben to continue using music as his main form of expression and communication with others.

While no comparison to the greatness of King David is appropriate, Ben and others like him emulate, to a great degree, the final description of David—in 2 Samuel, 23:1—as “the sweet singer of Israel.” That’s quite the renown.

All readers and their friends are urged to show their appreciation for Makor’s dedicated work on behalf of our precious special-needs loved ones by attending the Jewish Music Hall of Fame Show on February 27th. By doing so, you’ll be practicing the virtuous acts of tzedakah and chesed—while enjoying the beautiful sounds of Jewish music.

Tickets can be purchased by calling 347-304-0180 or online at www.MakorConcert.org.

By Eli Chomsky

 

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