Each week as Shabbat approaches, the My Machberet blog presents an array of Jewish-interest links, primarily of the literary variety.
- Marcela Sulak’s “Israel in Translation” podcast this week pays tribute to Tuvia Ruebner, who died this week at the age of 95.
- Over on Tablet, you can check out “Russian in the Catskills,” excerpted from Maxim D. Shrayer’s forthcoming collection of three novellas.
- “The Jewish Writers’ Initiative is a national, year-long program to incubate commercial, Jewish-themed scripts for mainstream film, television, and digital media platforms.” Apply by September 15. “Writers participate in three seminars located in Los Angeles, New York, and Israel, and receive monetary stipends and industry support. Applicants should be US-based writer candidates, aged 18 years or older, with creative ideas for narrative scripts and screenplays that explore Jewish themes — such as Jewish identity, culture, values, heritage, religion, spirituality, or history — for mainstream audiences in the following visual mediums: film, television, or digital media.” (Thanks to Sandy Schuman for being the first to bring this to my attention.)
- “As a Jewish New Yorker, Candy Schulman is surprised to find a small town in Andalusia celebrating the coexistence of Christian, Muslim, and Jewish cultures, despite the area’s dark racist history.” Read Candy’s moving essay for Longreads.
- And this week brought another big announcement from the world of Jewish journalism: Andrew Silow-Carroll will succeed Gary Rosenblatt as editor of The Jewish Week.