Blessed Is the Light: Poets Speak Out Against Fear & Hatred (A Virtual Poetry Reading

Date(s) - Thursday, December 3, 2020
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


With incidents of anti-semitism on the rise across the globe, this virtual reading brings together diverse voices in celebration of the Jewish experience, and of the prophetic vision of a world where all people are judged solely by the content of their character. We acknowledge that the urgent struggle to overcome the legacy of racism and hatred in all its forms is also our struggle.

The Jewish celebration of Hanukkah champions religious liberty, and by extension, diversity and freedom of thought and expression. This is the light we kindle — the promise of freedom from hate, and freedom to speak out for justice, compassion, and truth. In the words of the poet Hannah Senesch:

Blessed is the match consumed by undying flames.
Blessed is the flame that burns in the sanctuary of the heart.
Blessed is the heart with strength to beat to the end for honor’s sake.
Blessed is the match consumed by undying flames.

Featured readers:

Ellen Cole Teri Ellen Cross Davis Barbara Goldberg Ed Hirsch Aviya Kushner Reuben Jackson Merrill Leffler Jeffrey Levine Olga Livshin E. Ethelbert Miller Yvette Neisser Jean Nordhaus
Linda Pastan Kim Roberts Matthew Silverman Myra Sklarew Katherine Smith Yermiyahu Ahron Taub Katherine E. Young

Guest Speakers:

Congressman Jamie Raskin, U.S. House of Representatives, Maryland 8th district
Councilmember Sidney Katz, President, Montgomery County Council
Jeanette E. Dixon, former member, Montgomery County School Board

Event Co-organizers: Doritt Carroll, Nancy Naomi Carlson, W. Luther Jett