First Edition: J.s first annual Jewish haiku contest

If you were at Litquake Aug. 26 at the Oshman Family JCC in Palo Alto, we hope you stopped by j.’s blue-and-white booth, picked up that week’s paper, and maybe even contributed to our on-the-spot Jewish haiku contest. As promised, here are some outstanding selections from the scribbled papers dropped into our submissions box. Look for us at a future literary celebration!

“Go ahead, move to

California. Your father

and I will be fine.”

Ten hungry men,

nine potato knishes:

Jewish support group.

Lee Sanders/Palo Alto

The nectar of God’s

wine, complex bacchanal.

Not Manischewitz.

Steven Asch/Los Altos Hills


Make love on Shabbos.

I hear it’s a double mitzvah.

Someone tell my wife.

You served a Lenders

bagel? Even with a shmear,

You ain’t a real Jew.

Michael Ostacher/Stanford

Jewish holidays

all throughout the Jewish year.

Let’s all celebrate.

Talia Joffe, age 9/Mountain View


Jewish gathering.

Everyone all together.

A community.

Hanukkah candles

twinkling in the winter sky.

Beautiful light show.

Sam Joffe, age 11/Mountain View