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The Tower Tomorrow Fellowship

Formerly called the Summer Media Fellowship in Journalism, Strategic Communications and Israel Advocacy, The Tower Tomorrow Fellowship offers a select group of university students (undergraduate and graduate) a challenging summer aimed at educating future journalists, writers and advocacy professionals in research, analysis, writing for publication, strategic communications and media management.

Working with world-class writers and media professionals, Fellows will learn about coverage of Israel and the region, meet with journalists, scholars, and diplomats, and undertake an intensive eight-week course.

I wish that I could apply for this program myself!

The program will take place in Washington and fellowships confer stipends of $2,500. The application deadline is March 21, 2014.

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Jewish Literary Links for Shabbat

Photo Credit: Reut Miryam Cohen

Every Friday morning My Machberet presents an assortment of Jewish-interest links, primarily of the literary variety.

  • This year’s winners and finalists for the National Jewish Book Awards have been announced.
  • Thank you, Moment, for posting this conversation between Alan Cheuse and Joyce Carol Oates.
  • I knew that Judy Labensohn’s essay was forthcoming; so glad to discover “Follow Me: A Mother’s Day in the Israeli Army” online this week.
  • Also discovered this week: Atar Hadari’s stunning poems inspired by the life of Ariel Sharon. (h/t @JendiReiter)
  • And from the media world: the Jewish Telegraphic Agency and MyJewishLearning have announced a merger.
  • Shabbat shalom.

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    Words of the Week: MLA Members for Scholars’ Rights

    Arguing against an anti-Israel resolution that will be voted on tomorrow by members of the Modern Language Association (MLA) Delegate Assembly, a group of scholars has prepared an extraordinarily thorough and essential document that I hope anyone who will be voting will take the time to read.

    The preamble:

    We are deeply committed to academic freedom of movement, the free exchange of ideas, and rigorous scholarship. Accordingly, we strongly oppose Resolution 2014-1, which fails to advance the first of these two principles in any meaningful way and which grossly violates the third principle by advancing a discriminatory agenda based on flawed information and lack of context.

    For the rest, please read the full document.

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    Jewish Literary Links for Shabbat

    Photo Credit: Reut Miryam Cohen


    Every Friday morning My Machberet presents an assortment of Jewish-interest links, primarily of the literary variety.

  • The new issue of The Tower includes a terrific profile of author Ruchama King Feuerman, by Beth Kissileff.
  • Another take on the new Philip Roth biography, this time from Adam Kirsch.
  • For Tablet, Tova Ross examines “ex-frum” memoirs.
  • Also on Tablet: An unusual essay about Art Spiegelman and Maus, by David Van Biema.
  • New resource for those interested in creating some of their own Jewish writing: The Whole Megillah LLC
  • Shabbat shalom.

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    Coming Soon: TuBishVanya

    It doesn’t look as though my own #MakeItHappen idea is going to go through, but here’s an update about one funded project that caught my attention and may appeal to you as well. 

    Dear 24/6 Audience and Friends,

    As some of you may know, we’ve been working on an adaptation of Chekov’s Uncle Vanya combining it with a traditional Tu Bishvat seder. We’re thrilled to announce that we won the Schusterman Foundation’s Make It Happen micro-grant and will be premiering our Vanya at the JCC in Manhattan on Wednesday January 15th, 2013. To purchase tickets to the opening night performance go to: http://www.jccmanhattan.org/holidays?page=cat-content.

    Uncle Vanya will have three more subsequent performances:

  • Thursday January 16th, 2013 we will be performing at NYU – location and information to be announced soon.
  • Sunday January 19th and Monday January 20th, 2013, we will be performing at Manhattan Theatre Club Studios, 311 43rd Street 8th Floor. Sunday at 1:30 pm and Monday at  7:30pm. Tickets are $15 if you RSVP in advance, and $20 at the door. To rsvp email us at twentyfoursix@hotmail.com.
  • 24/6: A Jewish Theater Company has a lot of exciting work planned for 2014 and to ensure our work goes on, we ask for your help. [Support us] with a tax-deductible contribution either via  credit card at this link: https://www.thefield.org/Profile.aspx?SAID=2323 or for information how to contribute via check here: http://twentyfoursix.weebly.com/support-us.html.

    Every donation great and small helps. We thank you in advance!

    Wishing you a Happy and Healthy 2014!

    Sincerely,
    Yoni Oppenheim
    Avi Soroka
    Co-Artistic Directors
    24/6: A Jewish Theater Company

    Uncle Vanya was made possible by a #MakeItHappen micro grant.#MakeItHappen is a global initiative of the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Philanthropic Network. For more information, visit makeithappen.schusterman.org

    Reprinted w/permission

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