The Sisterhood Hanukkah party was a wonderful festive evening. There was plenty of food and conversation, songs led by Cantor Ken, a ḥanukkiyot on each table, poetry readings and a gift exchange. There was something for everyone. It was a memorable holiday evening.
To continue with our theme of Amazing Jewish Women, this week we are featuring all of our own Sisterhood members who thoughtfully brought an original or a favorite Hanukkah-themed poem or reading to Thursday's party. The readings set a beautiful tone for the evening. Four of the women who participated wrote and read their original poems, and here they are. Enjoy!
I Saw the Light
by Sandy Robinson
When I first entered the doors at TAS
I was a practicing Methodist, no less!
I didn't even know I was a Jew!
The revelation was bolt out of the blue!
Now that I'm an official member of the Tribe,
I am so very blessed and I am truly alive!
I saw the light - as they sometimes say
And I enjoy being a Jew ALMOST every day!
Sometimes I find the light and sometimes it finds ME!
Most times, the light fills me with amazing glee!
I love the light of discovery when I'm studying Torah
The light from the sun, moon, stars and a shiny Menorah!
I love to see children's eyes light up in wonder,
Or see a show of lightening with a roar of thunder!
I love Friday night or High Holiday services when the eternal light I see,
MoTAS dinners out and Sisterhood activities make me happy as can be!
I enjoy performing Caring Community or Social Action Mitzvot,
It makes the humble light within me shine with nary a gloat!
In troubling times of worry and woe,
The light of god shows through with a mighty glow!
We need to remember - no matter the season or day or night
If one looks hard enough, one can ALWAYS find light!
Every Year We Celebrate
by Anita Hoch
Every year we celebrate
Latkes fill our pretty plate
The house is filled with friends and kin
Playing dreidel to see who’ll win
Andrew, Lyam, Mason, Judah
Chanukah is a real Hudah!
Again we’ll get together
Happy Chanukah birds of a feather
So shine pretty lights
8 fun filled nights
Lights from the Windows
by Laraine Miller
Lights from the windows
as I walk down the street,
bring warmth to my heart
in hopes that I will meet
family and friends,
from long ago and new,
in peace and freedom, too.
The Festival of Lights
Is joyful and fun
May we be blessed
With good health, love and hope –
She Said a Poem You Should Write
by Jackie Zev
תכתב שיר, היא אמרה
אל אור של חג חנוכה
אז השיר הזה כתבתי
וגם השיר קראתי
!ועכשיו השיר נגמר. אני שמחה
She said a poem you should write
On the Chanuka holiday light
This poem came from my head
And the poem to you I’ve read
And now the poem is over – Alright!
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