Mizmor L'David Anthology 


Anna Davidson Rosenberg Poetry Award 

Poetica Magazine, Contemporary Jewish Writing

2013 Anna Davidson Rosenberg Poetry Awards


We thank all the entrants for submitting to the contest. Over 425 poems submitted
by 185 writers from Canada, Israel, South Africa, France, England, Sari Lanca, Brazil,
Argentina, New Zealand, United States, Nigeria, West Indies, Australia, Jamaica, and
Germany. The winning poems are now published on our website. Thank you!

First, Second, and Third Place Winners

First Place ($250.00)
"A Voice" by Dina Elenbogen (Evanston, IL)
Selecting judge: Ricky Rapoport Friesem 

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Second Place ($150.00)
"Salami Jew" by Matthew Lippman (Roslindale, MA)
Selecting judge: Jane Ellen Glasser


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3rd Place ($150.00)
"Old shul: deconsecration" by Pinny Bulman (Bronx, New York)
Selecting judge: Dina Ripsman Eylon 

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Honorable Mention

Honorable Mention ($75.00)
"A Boy Named Schmutz" by Kim Roberts (Washington, DC)
Selecting Judge: Jane Ellen Glasser 

2nd Honorable Mention ($75.00)
"Exodus" by Ray Greenblatt (Charlestown, MD)
Selecting judge: Ricky Rapoport Friesem 

3rd Honorable Mention ($75.00)

"The Hiss of History" by Hadara Bar-Nadav (Kansas City, MO)
Selecting judge: Dina Ripsman Eylon

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Finalists - $36.00

"This Year in Jerusalem" by Dina Elenbogen (Evanston, IL)
Selecting judge: Dina Ripsman Eylon


 "Seder Nashin" by C. King (Dallas, TX)
Selecting judge: Jane Ellen Glasser

"My Mother Said:" by Laura Wisniewski (Hinesburg, VT)
Selecting judge: Jane Ellen Glasser

"Too Late" by Alicia Jo Rabins (Portland, OR)
Selecting judge: Jane Ellen Glasser

"The End" by Joan Kantor (Collinsville, CT)
Selecting judge: Dina Ripsman Eylon

"Eurostar" by Danielle Sellers (Winter Springs, FL)

Selecting judge: Ricky Rapoport Friesem

"Candle at the Window" by Ruth Rifka (Toronto, CA)
Selecting judge: Dina Ripsman Eylon

"The Shower" by Shirani Rajapakse (Maharagama, Sri Lanka)
Selecting judge: Dina Ripsman Eylon

"Jewish Taurus" by Yael Uterman (Israel)
Selecting judge: Jane Ellen Glasser 

 "A Different Story" by Helen Latner (Auburbdale, MA)
Selecting judge: Ricky Rapoport Friesem

"Rifka Walks in Central Park" by Julie Cottineau (Dobbs Ferry, NY)

Selecting judge: Ricky Rapoport Friesem  

"W. G. Sebald: Snow Syllables" by JoAnna Scandiffio (San Francisco, CA)
Selecting judge: Jane Ellen Glasser 

"Vigilance" by Dana Robbins (Portland, ME)
Selecting judge: Ricky Rapoport Friesem




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The Final Judges

Dina Ripsman Eylon (Canada)











Author and publisher, Dina Ripsman Eylon has a Ph.D. in Post-biblical Hebrew Language and Literature from the University of Toronto. For the past 13 years, she has served as the publisher and editor-in-chief of Women in Judaism: A Multidisciplinary Journal. This gender-related publication has engaged and promoted new feminist scholarship in Jewish Studies. In her book Reincarnation in Jewish Mysticism and Gnostism (2003), Ripsman Eylon examines the development of the concept of reincarnation, gilgul, in the first kabalistic work that deals with the topic, the late-12th-century Sefer ha-Bahir (The Book of Clarity). Some of Eylon's articles and poems appeared in The Oxford Encyclopedia of American Literature, American Writers Classics, Encyclopedia of Rape, Kinesis, American National Biography, and Reader's Guide to Judaism. Dina is the founder of the Vaughan Poets' Circle and serves as the Thornhill branch manager of the Ontario Poetry Society. Her poems were published in various magazines and journals and in the anthologies Convergence: Poets for Peace, Letters to the World: Poems from the Wom-Po Listserv, Enchanted Crossroads and Stress(full) Sister(hood). Her chapbook Songs of Love and Misgivings was published in September 2006 and in 2007, she edited a collection of poems entitled Waging Change: Vaughan Poets Engage in Politics. In 2010, Dina's new chapbook In the Heart of the City was published by Sisterhood Press. Dina published two collections: The Heart of the City and Other Urban Poems and On the Horizon in the First Person [2012-Hebrew]. Eylon is from Ontario, Canada. 


Jane Ellen Glasser (Florida)













Jane Ellen Glasser?s poetry has appeared in numerous journals, such as Hudson Review, Southern Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, Georgia Review, Hayden?s Ferry Review and Poetry Northwest. Her poems have garnered numerous awards from the Irene Leache Society, Puddingstone, and the Poetry Society of Virginia, and she has been recognized for outstanding articles on teaching poetry that were featured in Virginia English Bulletin and English Journal. In the past she reviewed poetry books for the Virginian-Pilot, edited poetry for the Ghent Quarterly and Lady Jane?s Miscellany, and co-founded the nonprofit arts organization and journal New Virginia Review. A first collection of her poetry, Naming the Darkness, with an introduction by W. D. Snodgrass, was issued by Road Publishers in 1991. She won the Tampa Review Prize for Poetry 2005, and her award-winning book, Light Persists, published by Tampa University Press in April 2006, received an honorable mention in the 2007 Library of Virginia Literary Awards. Her chapbook On the Corner of Yesterday, published in 2010, was followed by The Long Life, which won the Poetica Publishing Company Chapbook Contest 2011. Her latest collection The Red Coat appeared from FutureCycle Press in 2013. Glasser volunteers at the Paul Rein Detention Facility in Broward County, conducting poetry workshops with inmates. She is a member of The Poetry Society of Virginia, The Writers? Network of South Florida, and The Fort Lauderdale Writers? Group.


Ricky Rappoport Friesem (Israel)

Ricky Rapoport Friesem is a poet and documentary filmmaker from Israel. She has written two cook books: Fruits of the Earth (Adama Books, 1985) and Joy of Israel (Steimatzky, 1976). For 25 years she worked as a journalist, editor, and award-winning documentary film maker for the Weizmann Institute of Science, whose Communications Department she headed for over a decade. In 2007, she was awarded First Prize in Writer's Digest 2007 International Self-Published Book Awards for her collection of poetry, entitled, Parentheses . Her poetry has appeared in Moment, Ariga, Lucidity, Poetica, the 2007 Voices Israel Anthology and Poetry Canada. She received Honorable Mention in both the 2005 and 2006 Poetica Magazine Annual Poetry Contest, in Lilith Magazine's 2007 Charlotte Newberger Poetry Competition, in the 2007 Reuben Rose Memorial Poetry Competition, and 2nd prize in Palabras Press Dancing with Words contest. A collection of her poetry, entitled My Intifada was published in the Pudding House Publications Chapbook Series in 2006. She is married to a physicist and has 3 sons and 12 grandchildren.