It wasn’t that long ago that I mentioned new courses being offered under the auspices of the Tikvah Fund. I also mentioned that I’d applied for admission to one of those courses.
I’m delighted to share that I have been admitted to the course I applied for: “Zionist Thought and Statesmanship,” taught by Professor Allan Arkush. (I was also tempted by Dara Horn’s “When Bad Things Happen to Good People: Divine Justice and Human Creativity in Jewish Literature,” but that course meets during the day, and I couldn’t swing that with my work schedule.)
If you’re curious, the syllabus for Professor Arkush’s course is online. I can’t wait to get started!
Exciting news: “The Tikvah Fund is happy to announce five new, advanced courses in Jewish thought. From the Hebrew Bible and Maimonides to Menachem Begin and S.Y. Agnon, texts of the Jewish tradition will be brought to bear on universal human questions of ethics, love, piety, music, literature, and more. Courses will run from the week of January 28 through the week of May 13 and will meet once per week for two hours in midtown Manhattan….This is an extraordinary opportunity for advanced students and anyone else hungry for sustained and high-level study of Jewish ideas.”
NB: The Tikvah Fund pays all tuition costs. The website notes that applications will be considered on a rolling basis until December 31, so if you’re interested, apply soon! (Confession: I already have!)
My Machberet is proud to serve as December 2012 host for the Jewish Book Carnival, “a monthly event where bloggers who blog about Jewish books can meet, read, and comment on each others’ posts. The posts are hosted on one of the participant’s sites on the 15th of each month.”
Herewith, this month’s goodies. Continue reading ›
Every Friday morning My Machberet presents an assortment of Jewish news, primarily of the literary variety, from around the Web.
Beautiful, haunting essay on Tablet by David Goldstein, about his grandfather (a Holocaust survivor), and a visit to the grandfather’s village.
Another moving “3G” story I discovered this week: “Marcy Rosen had never seen a photograph of her grandfather, Morry Chandler, as a young man. He is a Holocaust survivor, and all pictures from his childhood were lost or destroyed. But then Marcy found a pre-World War II film from his hometown in Poland on the Museum’s website. And she spotted his fourteen-year-old face among a group of children and teens smiling at the camera.”
Some background regarding how my novel excerpt, “Rio, 1940,” made its way to the current issue of JewishFiction.Net.
From the Association for Jewish Studies: “We are on our way to Chicago for the AJS 44th Annual Conference! Keep an eye on Facebook and and Twitter (@jewish_studies) for updates throughout the meeting. We’ll be using the hashtag #AJS12. Hope to see many of you there!” Conference runs December 16-18.
Don’t forget: The December Jewish Book Carnival will go live after sundown tomorrow evening. Please stop back here to see everything we have in store for you this month!
Photo Credit: Reut Miryam Cohen
Enjoy the conclusion of Hanukkah, everyone, and Shabbat shalom!