Shedding New Light on Jewish Traditions

Like a Diamond Lyrics

Or Hadash is Like a Diamond, May 2016

                                                Music by Ludwig van Beethoven (Ninth Symphony, Ode to Joy)

                                                Arrangement by Edward Hodges; Lyrics by Peggy Mandell


Or Hadash is like a diamond, many facets radiate

Infinite reflected beauty, members all participate

First there were the six founding families, soon we became a hundred strong

Thirty-two full years have passed as many minyans joined the throng

Who has made this diamond sparkle, energizing Or Hadash?

Congregants from many backgrounds sing and pray with Rabbi Josh

He's our rabbi, serious scholar, wrestling with the ancient text

Story-teller, Israel guide, beloved mentor, what comes next?

Social action, give tzedakah, join a havurah today

Join us here for Rosh Hashanah, hear McHugh chant Kol Nidre

Host the homeless, sing in the cho-ir, make soup to honor MLK

Mermelstein's Al Chet will move you; maybe even help you pray

Reaching out and reaching in, Dan Weisman strives for Israel's peace

Doug has kept our house in order, seems his efforts never cease

Ever more our dear Rhoda Gansler's garden will honor Melanie

Sunday mornings Nosh With Josh has sharpened our identity

Jay has led the Board with patience, grit, and equanimity

Shelly Homer's Purimspielers filled our shul with levity

SNL was never so funny til it was changed to Wednesday eve

Seven months of clever writing, long rehearsals, no reprieve

Precious diamonds gleam when someone keeps those facets shining bright

Treasurer Bruce Merenstein ensured our budget worked just right

Janet Karp made Spiritual Life a vibrant and strong priority

Ritual with heart and soul is Janet’s lasting legacy

Barbara Weisman led our children, Mackler streamlined Hebrew School

Hoagland, great communicator, made our website very cool

SATO with Babette, Lori Rubin; Shelley continued with Hesed

Susan built community while Stuart chaired our Adult Ed

Nadine, Carol (office heroes), Phil, Ann Davis, Janet Karp

Stephanie spoke for our parents, Cheryl healed us with her harp

Josh McHugh, our shining young knight, dynamically keeps our choir fresh

Metaphor for Or Hadash, Josh leads us all with his "nefesh"

Jarvis, Mueller-Bell, Jon Rubin, Goldberg-Alberts, we esteem

Goldman, Mackler, Miller-Hymowitz, and thanks Bruce Merenstein

Bernie, Toby take care of school while we sing the praises of the Board

Dzubow has the final word on finance (what we can afford)

Rob and Elley raised the funds we needed for posterity

Dear Michelle ensured we'd all be nourished for eternity

Ha Kesher will keep us connected, Klotz still rebuilds our Sukkah and

Lani Moss will nominate our leaders with her guiding hand

Shelley made us more inclusive, Ken has helped our money grow

Jay will lead a second term because he’s always in the know

Now’s the time for planning, strategic, time to renew, rebuild, sustain

Thanks to gifts from congregants, our yearly dues have stayed the same

Or Hadash is like a diamond, many facets radiate

Like a song composed by Glicksman, we know how to recreate

Rabbi Josh has kept us together, like a devoted family

In a world that's quickly changing, we're a true community