Jewish Literary Links

Each week as Shabbat approaches, the My Machberet blog presents a collection of links, drawn primarily from the world of Jewish books and writing.

  • From Alma: “20 Books by Black Jewish Authors You Should Read.” (I’ve just begun reading one of the books on the Alma list, James McBride’s The Color of Water: A Black Man’s Tribute to His White Mother, in preparation for a book club.)
  • By Jane Eisner: an analysis of “The Uncertain Future of Jewish News Media.”
  • LABA: A Laboratory for Jewish Art and Culture, “a non-religious house of study at the 14th Street Y” in New York that aims to be “an international incubator for creativity” and annually “selects a group of ten fellows to join us for a yearlong study of classical Jewish texts centered around a theme” is now accepting fellowship applications. The theme for 2020-21 will be “Chosen,” and “artists and culture-makers from any creative field” may apply. NB: “All applicants must apply to LABA with either a work-in-process or a concrete project idea connected to the theme of CHOSEN. Our goal is to be informed and inspired by the study sessions, which, we have found, happens on a much deeper level when the fellows have a specific goal in mind. LABA fellows receive a $1500 stipend and a small stipend (up to $250) for a LABA-focused presentation.” Application deadline: July 13.
  • From the Yiddish Book Center: Pakn Treger‘s 2020 Translation issue.
  • Happening this Sunday (June 14): Jerusalism’s Mekuvan series will host an online reading by and discussion with poet and scholar Alicia Ostriker.
Re-upping this video from March because of its connection with this week’s Torah portion. Enjoy!

Shabbat shalom.

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  1. I downloaded the Pakn Treger issue to my Kindle after hearing three excerpts read last night by three translators in the weekly virtual session hosted by the Yiddish Book Center. The material is just so rich. I wish my Yiddish were advanced enough to engage in translation myself. Maybe in the not-so-distant future.

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