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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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    Words of the Week

    “From the very start, Lilith positioned itself at the place where feminism and Jewish life intersect, where the x and the y axes—the abscissa and the ordinate of our identity—meet. (Or is it the Scylla and the Charybdis?)

    In 1994, for Lilith’s 18th anniversary issue, I outlined the magazine’s origin story:

    “While our Jewish backgrounds ranged from Orthodox to assimilated, and our politics pretty much covered the map too, we all identified strongly as feminists and as Zionists.” We believed unwaveringly in Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish and democratic state, while publishing writing unequivocally critical of some Israeli government policies.

    This season, some have declared the intersection of feminism and Zionism unacceptable. Who has the right to confiscate either part of my identity?”

    Source: “Intersections and Intersectionality,” Susan Weidman Schneider’s Editor’s Note in the current issue of Lilith magazine. Full text available online.

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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.
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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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    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.

  • It’s time for Sandee Brawarsky’s Spring Books Preview for The Jewish Week.
  • Job alert: “New York Jewish Life is a NEW weekly newspaper distributed in predominantly Jewish communities in the New York City Metro area.” And they’re looking for a Managing Editor. (They’re also seeking Freelance Reporters.)
  • Thought-provoking post from Barbara Krasner: “Who Sponsored Your Jewish Literacy?”.
  • Giveaway alert: This is the final pre-publication giveaway that will be offered for Abigail Pogrebin’s My Jewish Year: 18 Holidays, One Wondering Jew.
  • Speaking of free reads: Want a copy of Ben Nadler’s The Sea Beach Line? Fig Tree Books LLC (where I am Media Editor) is offering complimentary e-versions to all newsletter subscribers. Here’s the link for more info (if you’re not yet a newsletter subscriber, you can sign up now and get your e-book right away).
  • Shabbat shalom, everyone.

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    Pre-Shabbat Jewish Lit 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.

  • This week brought us the latest Jewish Book Carnival, hosted for January by Deborah Kalb.
  • A detailed call for submissions from the Forward‘s Sisterhood blog. (Yes, freelancers–writers are paid for their work here!)
  • “J. the Jewish News of Northern California has an opening for a full-time editorial assistant who will handle a multitude of responsibilities. The position is based in our office in San Francisco’s Financial District, and will begin in late February.” The same publication is also advertising for a reporter.
  • A definite highlight of my week: Monday’s “Jews and Muslims in America” conference, presented in New York by the Shalom Hartman Institute. You can view a number of session videos here; if you’re media-focused, you may be especially interested in a panel on “Jewish and Muslim Media, Reporting, and Storytelling.”
  • And over at Fig Tree Books, where I’m Media Editor, we’re delighted with another enthusiastic review of Abigail Pogrebin’s forthcoming My Jewish Year: 18 Holidays, One Wondering Jew (this time, from Library Journal). Plus, we’ve launched another giveaway—enter here for a chance to win an advance copy.
  • Shabbat shalom, everyone.

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