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2017-2018 Anna Davidson Rosenberg Poetry Award


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Anna Davidson Rosenberg Poetry Award Collection 2017—2018

Award Chair

Michal Mahgerefteh


Committee Members

David King

Daniel Pravda

Award Judges

Yiskah Rosenfeld 2017

Rabbi. Israel Zoberman 2018

Cover Art:

Melita  Kraus 

“Shabbat of The Lonely Man”

Size: 30” x 40” cm

Medium: Aquarelle, Inc

Award-Winning Poets included:

Diana Anhalt

Sarah Antine

Helen Bar-Lev

Michelle Iris Bender

Rosalind Brenner

Melisa Cahnmann-Taylor

Debra Cash

Steven Caswell

Susan Cobin

Julia Kolchinsky Dasbach

Beth Dwoskin 

Amy Gottlieb

Yoni Hammer-Kossoy

Zachariah Hauptman

Sam Hersh

Miriam C. Jacobs

Adina Kopinsky

Shonna Levin

Laurence Levy-Atkinson

Jonathan Lewis

Nancy Lubarsky

Dan MacIsaac

Gloria g. Murray

Molly Raynor

Dana Robbins

Sarah Sassoon

Esther Schnur-Berlot

Introduction to the Collection


This creative and colorful collection of poetry shares a flourishing harvest of rich Jewish experience, spanning across time and continents, connecting readers with a rewarding historic saga of lights and shadows which continue to unfold, challenge, and spread common and uncommon threads. It includes traditional, venerable regard for one’s Yichus (pedigree), making or breaking a potential Shiduch (matchmaking), family bonding, though distant, with none other than the Vilna Gaon's impact a poet’s imagination.

The collection further evokes Jewish suffering and the Holocaust and before, and after, continues to resonate along with a miraculous survival of love. More recently are alarming echoes of the past in today’s America: a neo-Nazi march with familiar slogans and mayhem in Charlottesville, Virginia; murdered Jews at Shabbat worship in the Tree of Life Pittsburgh synagogue; depressing visits to a lonely yet persisting synagogue in Havana, Cuba and a once teeming Jewish presence in Budapest, Hungary; and Jerusalem’s stones retain their magical hold along with a dress bought in the Old City and reverently passed from mother to daughter with some alteration.

There is also a surprising touch of irreverence of something happening while visiting a Jewish patient in a Catholic hospital, and a shocked Hasid by a woman in a revealing costume. We can resist the pessimism of lines like, “My gut spews bitter poetry,” and “Everything is broken/ I find no answers/ Blow in in the wind.” Yes, there may be a lot broken, but the beating strong, living and loving conscience of dedicated poets demonstrates the ancient power of healing expression.

Rabbi Dr. Israel Zoberman

2018 Award Judge

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