Hebrew School Musical Celebration
The local Hebrew School decided to observe Israel's 50th anniversary with
a special ecumenical celebration, and invited everyone in the
neighborhood, of whatever background, to participate in any way they
thought appropriate, or to just come and observe, and have some
home-baked cookies washed down with grape juice or heavy super-sweet
There were speeches, dramatizations, and miscellaneous musical
performances. At one point Mrs. Goldberg, in the third row, wiped away a
tear as her little Miriam scratched out a hesitant rendition of
"Hatikvah" on a shiny new violin. Mrs. Goldberg noticed that a man
seated next to her also had tears running down his face. "Isn't it
wonderful", she said to him, "to know that our heritage will be carried
on by the next generation!"
"I suppose so," he said, "but I'm not Jewish."
"So why the tears?"
"I'm a musician."