Pre-Shabbat Jewish Literary Links

On what appears to be a segment of an open Torah scroll, the words “Jewish Lit Links” appear.

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

  • “Noah Klieger sits in a small café in Tel Baruch, a modern quarter in the northeast of Tel Aviv. It is May 2017. He comes here nearly every day for breakfast; breakfast has been sacrosanct ever since the mornings, years ago, when he would wake up on his cot in Auschwitz from the recurring dream of twelve rolls and fresh coffee only to confront the same reality: a moldy piece of bread and a stinking soup made of frozen rutabaga.” So begins Marco Lauer’s outstanding profile of Noah Klieger in Harper‘s magazine.
  • I read that profile while I was traveling to the 24th Annual Jewish American and Holocaust Literature Symposium, which was held earlier this week in Miami. What a terrific event. Take a look at the program, and you’ll see how much fascinating material was covered.
  • Opportunity alert: “New Voices is partnering with five incredible Jewish media organizations to offer five new, paid fellowship positions for 2019. Jewish Currents, PROTOCOLS, Judaism Unbound, the Jewish Women’s Archive (JWA), and the New York Jewish Week will each host one student fellow from January, 2019 through December, 2019. Each fellow will have the opportunity to work closely with the team at their placement, as well as receive direct mentorship from New Voices’ editor in chief. The fellows’ tasks at their placements will vary. Some will do investigative research; others will focus on podcast production or art and design curation. In addition, they will each get to work on one in-depth, year-long project of their choosing for publication in New Voices. The fellows will get to know each other through bi-weekly virtual meetings and workshops with their cohort. Workshops can be tailored to the fellows’ interests, but may include topics such as pitching, feature writing, and multimedia skills. Fellows will also be offered the opportunity to meet their cohort in person at the annual Jewish Student Journalism Conference in the spring. Fellows will be expected to commit an average of 8 hours a week to the program. Some placements require or recommend the fellow work in-office, while others are open to their fellow working remotely from anywhere. Fellows will receive a stipend of $400 a semester, $800 total. Applicants should currently be enrolled at a college or university in the US or Canada. Jews of color, Mizrachi and Sephardic Jews, and queer/trans Jews are strongly encouraged to apply.” Application deadline: December 7, 2018.
  • And another opportunity: “Mosaic—in partnership with the Tikvah Fund and The Paul E. Singer Foundation—is pleased to announce a new fellowship for aspiring writers, editors, and journalists interested in Jews, Judaism, modern Israel, and American democracy. The fellowship is named after the late Charles Krauthammer, preeminent intellectual journalist and staunch defender of Israel and the Jewish people. Fellows will receive a full-time salary and benefits for two years, and be based in our offices in New York City or Washington DC. They will work closely with the senior editorial staff of Mosaic, writing, researching, and editing in-depth essays and articles.” NB:”The Krauthammer Fellowship is open to anyone (1) under age 27 and (2) with a BA degree as of May 2019. The fellowship begins in the summer of 2019.” Application deadline: December 31, 2018.
  • Bookmarked to read soon (hopefully, this weekend): Howard Lovy’s latest Longreads contribution, “Paks 1918: A Pogrom and a Prelude.”
  • Shabbat shalom.

    3 thoughts on “Pre-Shabbat Jewish Literary Links

    1. Zeeva Bukai says:

      I found the article in Harpers quietly devastating. It’s been a while since I’ve read anything on the Holocaust. This was exceptionally moving. Thank you for posting it.
      Shabbat Shalom.

      1. Erika Dreifus says:

        “Quietly devastating” really sums it up well.

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