Pre-Shabbat Jewish Literary Links

The words "Jewish Lit Links" are printed over what appears to be a portion of a Torah scroll.
In which the My Machberet blog presents an array of Jewish-interest links, primarily of the literary variety.

  • “The ‘keep’ crate fills quickly. We can save one Malamud, but we don’t need five paperbacks of The Fixer. We probably don’t even need one, if we’re honest. One copy of The Chosen, for old time’s sake. After all, Potok is another famous alum. Where would I be without Seize the Day? But how much Bellow can we possibly hold onto? When is it time to let go?” From Sara Lippmann’s extraordinary essay on the dismantling of a Jewish library.
  • “Submissions are invited, from now until August 1, 2019, from citizens of Israel (regardless of residence) and residents of Israel (regardless of citizenship), for the 27th issue of arc, the literary journal of the Israel Association of Writers in English (IAWE). Submissions must be in English, but may be translations from other languages if proper permission has been received. The IAWE assumes non-exclusive rights to publish and republish the accepted submissions in any form.” NB: “Payment is one copy of arc 27 and a discount on further copies.”
  • The Association of Jewish Libraries (AJL) “is looking for a contract relationship with a part-time Development Associate. This position calls for a passionate, engaged, high-energy individual to assist the organization in its fundraising and grantsmanship efforts with the goals of increasing membership, creating a Case for Giving, and establishing an endowment that will support our ongoing projects for and with our membership….There is no physical AJL office, therefore the Development Associate is contracted as a consultant and provides their own access to the space and technology necessary to perform the administrative work involved with this position.”
  • LABA: A Laboratory for Jewish Art and Culture is a non-religious house of study at the 14th Street Y. Its goal is to function as an international incubator for creativity. LABA aims to push the boundaries of what Jewish art can be and what Jewish texts can teach. Every year LABA selects a group of ten fellows to join us for a yearlong study of classical Jewish texts centered around a theme. Through our study, we engage with the stories of the Bible and classical Rabbinic texts as if they were new. We also fold in secular literature, as well as music and art, to help us better see both the timeless and radical elements of these sacred texts. A central focus of LABA is to present Judaism’s rich literary and intellectual tradition in an open and creatively fertile setting, so that these texts and ideas may serve as inspiration for the fellows’ art and ideas. The work inspired by the study appears in LABA events and online in the LABA Journal. LABA’s home is the 14th Street Y in New York City’s East Village. The setting provides our fellows the opportunity to engage deeply with the Y community, our neighborhood and the New York theater and art world through installations, gallery shows, workshops, performances, presentations and panel discussions presented throughout the Y and in our convertible Black Box Theater.” Currently open for fellowship applications for 2019-20, when the theme will be “Humor.” Pays: “LABA fellows receive a $1500 stipend and a small stipend (up to $250) for a closed work-in-progress presentation. In addition, artists receive creative and administrative support in various forms, such as fiscal sponsorship and fundraising strategies. Through the year of their fellowship, fellows have access to rehearsal space and workspace at the 14Y, including the theater.” Deadline: June 11, 2019. P.S. You might have caught this one a little earlier if you follow my other blog, where I shared this on Monday as part of the weekly “Markets and Jobs” post for practicing writers
  • And ICYMI: There’s a new piece of mine up this week on the 929 site.
  • Shabbat shalom.

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