Each week as Shabbat approaches, the My Machberet blog presents a collection of links, drawn primarily from the world of Jewish books.
- A thread from Rebecca Long that opens as follows: “I’m the Digital Content Editor at @jwaonline. Our mission is to amplify the voices of Jewish women, and I want to do a better job of uplifting the voices of Jewish women of color, now and always. We accept opinion pieces, reviews, essays, etc. & pay all of our writers.”
- From a thread started by Laura E. Adkins, Opinion Editor for JTA: “If you’re a Jew of color with a first person piece on our present moment, or a person of color with a message you’d like to share with the Jewish community, my inbox is open. We don’t pay a lot, state of the industry being what it is, but we certainly do pay.”
- Lior Zaltzman’s “Iconic Black Jewish Writer Julius Lester Should Be on Every Parent’s Radar” is worth reading not only for its introduction to Lester and his work, but also for its links to additional recommended kidlit that’s especially timely right now.
- One of my week’s bright spots (and yes, somehow, there have been some): attending my first “Creative Commentary” session offered by the Bay Area-based Jewish Studio Project. These sessions focus on “discussing the week’s Torah portion and engaging in some reflective writing to get our head, heart and imagination going before setting out for the rest of our day. The JSP approach is inclusive and accessible; no experience required!”
- Another bright spot: last Sunday’s inaugural virtual author event hosted by Literary Modiin. It was my honor to be one of the participating authors. If you missed it, you can catch the recording on YouTube.
A postscript: Most Friday mornings, this “Jewish Literary Links” post publishes extra-early (my thought being that there may be a number of Israeli subscribers). Then, on my other blog (which is titled “Practicing Writing,” and where I post a “Finds for Writers” list slightly later each Friday morning), I include a link to the Friday “My Machberet” offering. This week, however, I’ve changed things up a bit—and I hope that you’ll take a moment and check out what I’ve posted over there.