Poem for Kristallnacht by Judith Felsen

Shattered Whole

Tonight both chandelier and sconce
Illuminate a space where darkness was
Our memory of shattered glass
Dissolves in strength
Each shard incising power
Of our souls
Our sanctuary, blessed by
Light within
Inhabits empty pews and
Radiates through walls
And windows
Spreading signs of victory
Our triumph of survival
With G-d’s love
All glowing magnitude 
Our willingness
Tonight we are that light
Tonight all that was fractured, shattered
Lives in majesty as
We are whole 
J. Felsen, Ph.D. 11/9/20

KRISTALLNACHT tonight & tomorrow

As announced on Sunday, the windows of the church have candles glowing tonight and tomorrow night. This is in remembrance of the precursor to the Holocaust, called the Night of Broken Glass, which occurred in Germany and Austria and other places. Jewish businesses, homes, and places of worship were wrecked by civilian and military Nazi-aligned forces. Windows were shattered. Buildings were burned. Many Jews were rounded up that night and sent to concentration camps.

Some educational articles to learn more:

This invitation and event began with Rabbis from around the state, and specifically an outreach from Bethlehem Hebrew Congregation to our region.

The New Hampshire Council of Churches writes: ” The NH Council of Churches invites you to commemorate Kristallnacht by leaving the lights on in your church building all night from Monday, November 9 to Tuesday, November 10, 2020. We have been invited to this action by the Rabbis of our state and this is a demonstration of solidarity with them against antisemitism and religious persecution . This act is also a public statement that, “I pledge to unite the world by shining light over the darkness of hate,” in the words of International March of the Living.” The NH Council of Churches’ own announcement of the event can be found here: https://nhchurches.org/kristallnacht2020/.

Nov 8 worship: BRAVE

BRAVE the song prepared and performed by our youth band & choir under direction of Billy Carleton:

Full worship service with Veterans Day liturgy, special music by youth, and reflection on Veterans Day and Kristallnacht:

Reflection by Rev Gail on BRAVE including themes from Veterans Day & Kristallnacht:

JCC 110820 BRAVE from architect on Vimeo.

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