The Book Meshuggenahs are proud to announce the winners of the 1st Annual Book Meshuggenahs’ Chai-ku Contest! What is Chai-ku, you ask? We’ll tell you! It’s haiku with a Jewish theme and it helps fulfill our mission to not only create and share books with Jewish themes for kids, but to encourage kids and adults to write with Jewish themes. Our resident chai-ku expert, Book Meshuggenah Amy Losak, the editor of H is For Haiku: A Treasury of Haiku from A to Z by her late mother, Sydell Rosenberg (illustrated by Sawsan Chalabi, Penny Candy Books), sifted through entries from around the country. Here are this year’s winners and their winning chai-ku. Each received a certificate and a personally autographed book by one of our Book Meshuggenahs.

Spring 2020 Winners!
Read the article in Forward
See the slide show in Tablet (scroll down to the bottom right)

Beth Dwoskin
Ann Arbor, Michigan

Our voices abound
Hebrew, Yiddish, Ladino
What song shall we sing?

Joshua Gage
Pepper Pike, Ohio

Tu B’Shevat
the warmth of the soil
as I press the seed

Marcie Wessels
San Diego, California

the crack in your voice,
as you hold the Torah high,
glimpse of man to be

Cantor Eric Schulmiller
Reconstructionist Synagogue of the North Shore
Plandome, New York

The toughest question
At the Passover Table:
What’s gefilte fish??

Benjamin Wexler
Tucson, Arizona

The Afikoman
Kids are searching all around
What a nice surprise!

Christine Catalogna’s second grade class at Florence Mandel Jewish Day School in Beachwood, Ohio participated in the First Annual Book Meshuggenah’s Chai-ku Contest.
Click here to see their chai-ku.