Shalom My Gantseh Megillah Family and
This is a very exciting year for the Gantseh Megillah because we
have just started our tenth volume, which means we have now surpassed ten
years on the Web. Additionally, this February will be the 100th
edition of our newsletter, and we may even be putting out the 300th
issue of the Weekly
Megillah before the end of the year.
A dozen years ago, we published the first Glossary of Yiddish
Words and Expressions, and we immediately started receiving positive
feedback from visitors to the Web site. Deb Edery, one of our
first visitors, contacted me with the idea of publishing an online newsletter of
interest to the Jewish community. Arnold, and I, thought long, and hard, about
the idea, and decided to give it a try.
In the late fall of 1998, we introduced the first issue of, what
was then known as, the “Yet to Be Named Newsletter.” We asked our readers to
suggest, and then vote, on a permanent moniker for our publication. The Gantseh
Megillah won with an almost unanimous decision.
Shortly after the first issue, we started to receive offers from
writers who wished to contribute their talent to our effort of promoting Judaism
on the Internet. Authors such as Eddy
Robey, Lynn Ruth Miller, Joel
Wayne, Marge Wolfe, and Brian
Corleone (yes he is Jewish, even with that name) helped us to present
columns, stories, and articles, on a variety of topics of interest to the world
Jewish community, and its friends.
From the beginning, we have tried to offer articles on a variety
of subjects, which cater to the tastes, and interests, of our readers. We even
boldly ventured into such touchy subjects as politics, and religion, but we
always emphasized personal interest, the arts, literature, and humour. It has
also been our goal to make the Gantseh Megillah representative of our
readership, so we encourage you to submit original stories, jokes, and
information you would like to share in our publication. This invitation remains
open to all of our Megillah family members.
Speaking of family, which is our entire raison d’etre, both
Arnold, and I, consider all of you members of our very special family. Over the
years, we have had the enormously rewarding pleasure of actually meeting,
face-to-face, several of our subscribers. I particularly cherish my close email
friendships, which I have developed with hundreds of others. Every once in a
while, I pick up the phone, and call a Megillah family member , just for the
purpose of saying hello, and to connect on a more personal basis. I must say,
everyone has been enormously receptive, and we have endeavoured to keep our
As we enter our second decade of the Gantseh Megillah, we hope
to constantly grow, and improve our efforts. As with any family, we need your
support, and assistance, to accomplish our goals. Please tell your friends,
associates, and family members about the Megillah, and encourage them to subscribe. If you are able,
your financial contributions, large or
small, are always needed to help defray the expenses of maintaining, and
publishing, this project. It is through all of our efforts that we can ensure
the Megillah will be around for a long time to come, and that it will continue
to promote, and celebrate Jewish life on the Web.
This month, we are introducing, what we consider to be, a very
exciting new feature; the Mark Your
Calendar page. This section will be managed by our e-greetings maven, Roz
Fruchtman. Roz is the designer, and owner, of the Say it With eCards Web
site. She offers over 4,000, Jewish themed, eCard selections for every
conceivable occasion. The Mark Your Calendar page will be your “go to” resource
for keeping track of days of special note each, and every month.
Additionally, Roz will be presenting ideas, and insights, into
the world of personal communications via the World Wide Web. Her musings should
fit very nicely with our overall goal of developing a community, and keeping in
touch. The world is a very big place, and taking the time to let special people
in our lives know how much we care about them, prevents us all from feeling like
we are being swallowed up by the crowd.
I hope that the next ten years of the Gantseh Megillah will
continue to add enjoyment, entertainment and knowledge to your lives.
Thank you all for you loyalty, interest and support of our
efforts for the past decade.
Much love to all of you,