In the Light of Peace

In the Light of Peace lays bare the passionate heart of Congregation Ner Shalom in a poignant and powerful anthology of poetry. “When we first announced our call for poems, we thought we’d get enough for a chapbook,” says editor Leiah Bowden. “We were floored by the quantity of beautiful poetry our members submitted.”

“Go deeply and you will remember/Your heart is the heart of the world.”

The poems themselves suggested the areas into which the editor and co-editors Rita Rowan, Sally Churgel, and Abby Bogomolny placed them: Reflections, The Ancestors, Take Comfort, Time and Seasons, Relationships, Praise and Openings. Ner Shalom’s Rabbi Irwin Keller shares a conversation between angels in British Columbia in one piece, and the Torah’s recipe for a fragrant balm in another. Other works speak of death and dying, revelation, gratitude, loneliness, love, resentment and forgiveness.

“Enter your wild heart where thrives a teeming jungle of life.”

Other selections dance lyrically around Jewish liturgy, weave fabric of spiritual thought, and comment on the sacred cycles of life. We know you will be inspired by the range in this work that offers many possibilities for broader use. Evocative original black and white photographs by congregants introduce each section.

Contributors include Alexandra Ellen Appel, Robin Birdfeather, Laura Blatt, Abby Lynn Bogomolny, Leiah Bowden, Sally Churgel, Yoná Flemming, Carolyn Shoshana Fershtman, Diane Frank, Diana Glassman, Sheridan Gold, Basha Hirschfeld, Myrna Joy, Anna Belle Kaufman, R. Irwin Keller, Rita S. Losch, Barbara Lesch McCaffry, Margo Miller, Susan L. Miller, Cyndi Norwitz, Linda Pantoskey, Nancy E. Rapp, Rita Rowan, Terry Rowan, Adam Shemper, Dafna Jo Simon, Phil Temko, and Lorenzo Valensi.

Stay tuned for release date and pre-order information.

(Excerpted lines, above, from “Wild Heart” by Sally Churgel.)

At Bayit we create and curate tools for “building Jewish.” If you want to support our work, including this volume, we welcome your donations!