Megan's Muse

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An Annual Creative Arts Competition for CBE Confirmation Students to Honor the Life of Megan Miriam Berman 

Megan's Muse is an annual creative arts competition for current Congregation Beth Emeth (CBE) Confirmation students, sponsored by CBE's Sisterhood. Its purpose is to stimulate creative thought and expression as inspired by Judaic writings.

Each year a "theme" is chosen by a panel of judges, and a quote or verse is chosen from traditional or non-traditional Jewish writings. Entries are judged by the Confirmation student's ability to convey their understanding and interpretation of the theme via a creative medium.

Winners were announced at Confirmation on June 10, 2016. The winner of Megan's Muse receives a $500 award, and the the judges have the option to award more than one. Second prize, if awarded, is $250. The hope of Sisterhood is that the winner(s) will use this award to further enrich themselves spiritually, creatively, or academically. You can view the competition rules and application.

Theme 2016

Blessed Is The Match
(Serdice Yugoslavia May 1944)
Blessed is the match consumed in kindling flame.

Blessed is the flame that burns in the secret fastness of the heart.
Blessed is the heart with strength to stop its beating for honor's sake.
Blessed is the match consumed in kindling flame.

                                                                          --Hannah Senesh

2016 Submissions

***2016 Megan's Muse Winner***

A Fire in My Heart — Isaac Stern

***2016 Megan's Muse 2nd Place Winner***

The Night’s Battles


She pulled back her knotted hair
Handful of curls at a time
Wrapping their way around her battered knuckles
Twisted back into a bun
She was a warrior
A term she used loosely describing herself
This war was one she couldn’t win
And she knew it
But she didn’t stop trying
Each day she pressed on harder than the one before
Fighting the one evil she saw

(read more)

The Night's Battles — Lila Schandler




Engrossed — Melanie Hillelsohn


Worth Fighting For

I never thought it'd be me. I never thought I'd be the person fighting for the "greater good." I used to be the type of person who cared only about taking care of herself. In fact, up until a couple of years ago, I still was that person. So, you may be asking yourself, what changed? If you were so set in your ways, what could have happened that would change your mind? Well here's the deal. The world ended. I know, it sounds ridiculous. It sounds like some stereotypical dystopian novel. It sounds like I'm about to tell you that the reason I changed was because the world ended, because I realized I was "the chosen one," and I was the only one who could save humanity. Well, that's not the case at all. (Read more)

Worth Fighting For — Lauren MacDonald

To Stand Tall

From when the rooster crows, to the singing of nightingales,
There is not a time in which one is untested
And their ability to stand tall unquestioned.

Every moment that leaps regretfully into the eye of the beholder
Is just another challenge
And those who accept are those who touch triumph.

For when one clutches to the unequal facets of life and loyalty,
The individual blazes and bursts in a spectacular show of strength.

A faithful upward climb comes to a point where it reaches its peak
And a sputtering match is the reason the wick is lit.

Every beat of a faithful heart protects those of the innocent and weak,
And gratitude closely stands by those who commit.

To Stand Tall — Bailey Moskowitz


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(Note: because Megan's Muse judging is done on a blind basis, Lauren choreographed this dance but a friend is doing the dancing.

Hearts on Fire — Lauren Silas



Senesh and Shalom — Rena Wolinsky