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Pre-Shabbat Jewish Literary Links

Photo Credit: Reut Miryam Cohen

Photo Credit: Reut Miryam Cohen

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

  • On Tablet, in time for Yom HaShoah: an excerpt from Leela Corman’s forthcoming graphic novel Victory Parade, in which a Jewish American soldier helps liberate Buchenwald—and is haunted by the experience.
  • Also connected with Yom HaShoah: “UnWitnessable: A Reading of Contemporary Poetry and Prose Related to the Holocaust,” an event for those in the Philadelphia area, happening next Wednesday, April 26.
  • “Washington Jewish Week, a print and multi-platform digital publication covering the capital region’s diverse Jewish community, is looking for an enthusiastic, quick-learning general assignment reporter/writer to join our Rockville-based news team full time.”
  • Check out the April Jewish Book Carnival, hosted this month by Yael Shahar.
  • And enjoy Judy Bolton-Fasman’s super write-up of Lilith magazine’s recent 40th-anniversary celebration at Brandeis University. Included: a sneak peek into Rachel Kadish’s forthcoming novel.
  • Shabbat shalom.

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    Pre-Shabbat Jewish Literary Links

    Photo Credit: Reut Miryam Cohen

    Photo Credit: Reut Miryam Cohen

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

  • Nice to see this Q&A with my former poetry teacher Matthew Lippman over on The Whole Megillah.
  • A powerful essay by Pearl Abraham, centered around her mother’s final Passover, over on Literary Hub.
  • With echoes of the stories of Lucette Lagnado and André Aciman, Ashley Jacobs recalls her grandparents’ “20-Century Exodus” from Egypt on JewishBoston.com.
  • A pretty great week for Abigail Pogrebin’s My Jewish Year: a review in The New York Times, an appearance on The Today Show—and, coming up on Sunday morning: an appearance on Face the Nation.
  • And, ICYMI, what I consider to be yesterday’s necessary deed of the day: calling out anti-Israel bias on a major radio show’s website.
  • Shabbat shalom.

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    ICYMI: Video Recordings of Recent #JewLit Events

    One of the wonders of our modern world: recordings of literary events that make it possible for us to “attend” readings, conversations, and seminars—no matter where we live or what time of day we might be able to watch them.

    Here are just three events from the past week or so that I have viewed and recommend highly:

    CONFESSIONS OF A HASIDIC POET
    Yehoshua November interviewed by journalist Danielle Ziri of the Jerusalem Post (Manhattan Jewish Experience).

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    Pre-Shabbat Jewish Literary Links

    Photo Credit: Reut Miryam Cohen

    Photo Credit: Reut Miryam Cohen

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

  • “Jewish Currents, a 72-year-old progressive Jewish magazine and small media company (‘Activist Politics & Art’), is seeking an associate editor, very full-time after part-time trial period.
  • The new (spring 2017) issue of Jewish Review of Books arrived in my mailbox this week (hello, Shabbat reading!). Some of the content is paywalled, but some pieces, including Sarah Rindner’s take on Yehoshua November’s poetry, are accessible to all.
  • And it seems as though the new issue of Lilith should be arriving soon, too. Meantime, I’m sneaking some peeks online (starting with a moving memoir excerpt by my friend Judy Labensohn).
  • I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention that this week has also brought a fresh newsletter issue from our team at Fig Tree Books. Check it out for a couple of Passover excerpts from Abigail Pogrebin’s My Jewish Year and some other fun stuff.
  • And there was a lovely surprise for me at the end of this week’s “Unorthodox” episode from Tablet magazine. As always, I encourage you to listen to the full episode. But if your curiosity is piqued, go to the 46:20 mark to hear what made me verklempt.
  • Shabbat shalom.

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    Pre-Shabbat Jewish Literary Links

    Photo Credit: Reut Miryam Cohen

    Photo Credit: Reut Miryam Cohen

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

  • Mazal tov to Richard Chess on the publication of his latest poetry collection. I can’t wait to read Love Nailed to the Doorpost, which Rick recently discussed in this interview.
  • Not sure how I’ve missed this incredible online treasure, but TeachGreatJewishBooks.org is an amazing resource.
  • “This year, feminist Jewish magazine Lilith is celebrating 40 years in print. On March 26, there will be a celebration at Brandeis University, where Lilith’s archives of manuscripts, photographs, letters, cover art, notes, drafts, and much more can be viewed by the public. The celebration will feature a panel which will include Keshet Executive Director Idit Klein. The Sunday afternoon panel is free and open to the public with pre-registration.” More details/RSVP info available here.
  • News from Jerusalem: “Best-selling authors are coming to the Tower of David at the Jaffa Gate for a new series of literary events in English presented in cooperation with The Times of Israel.” (Thanks to @DevorahBlachor for the tip on this one.)
  • And here’s one more Jewish-lit event to share (and this one will be livestreamed): Abigail Pogrebin and Rabbi Joseph Telushkin in conversation at the Jewish Theological Seminary, Monday evening, 7:30 pm (New York time).
  • Shabbat shalom, everyone.

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    The (Jewish) Plays Are the Thing

    Is it just me, or is it an especially rich time for Jewish theater at the moment? Especially here in New York?

    On Sunday, I had the great privilege of attending a performance of “Through the Darkness: The Story of Four People Who Outran the Holocaust.” Staged at The Workshop Theater, the play is the creation of Alan Breindel, a member of my home congregation. Continue reading ›

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