September 23, 2008
Human beings forget, it's what we do. How do we ensure the Shoah is remembered, and not forgotten? By looking at Jewish text, and through discussion, writing exercises and poetry, we experimented with diverse and individualized ways of remembering. Janet R. Kirchheimer is a poet whose work has appeared in a variety of publications both in the U.S. and abroad. Her moving collection of poems about the Holocaust, "How To Spot One Of Us" (CLAL, Nov. 2007) has received endorsements from Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel, Sir Martin Gilbert, and Rabbis Harold Kushner and Irving "Yitz" Greenberg (Chairman Emeritus of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council), as well as renowned poets Mary Stewart Hammond, Yerra Sugarman, and Jeanne Marie Beaumont. Her work has appeared in journals, including Atlanta Review, Potomac Review, Limestone, Connecticut Review, Kalliope, Lilith, Natural Bridge, PoetryNZ, Main Street Rag, on beliefnet.com and babelfruit.com, in addition to a variety of Jewish publications. In 2007, she was nominated for a Pushcart Poetry Prize. A Teaching Fellow at CLAL-The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership, Janet conducts writing workshops including, "Changing the World with Words," which teaches adults and teens about Judaism using creative writing exercises and poetry. She also leads a "Poetry Shmooze" where participants read and discuss Jewish-themed poems.
Thanks to the Fifth Avenue Synagogue for hosting us.