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Pre-Shabbat Jewish Literary Links

Photo Credit: Reut Miryam Cohen

Photo Credit: Reut Miryam Cohen

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

  • Beautiful poem by Julia Knobloch, “The Kabbalist’s Son,” over on Jewcy.
  • Via JTA: “The new PJ Library edition of [football star Julian Edelman]’s ‘Flying High’ includes extra material on the front and back flaps that emphasizes the story’s Jewish content and values. There is also a new reference to Theodor Herzl, the founder of modern Zionism. The dedication page includes one of Herzl’s most famous quotes: ‘If you will it, it is no dream.'”
  • I warn you to have tissues at the ready when you watch this powerful Holocaust-related “op-doc” video feature over on NYTimes.com.
  • And then, although it certainly could not have been intended as a “companion” piece, that’s what came to mind as I watched this seven-minute film, via TheAtlantic.com: “In 1939, the German American Bund organized a rally of 20,000 Nazi supporters at Madison Square Garden in New York City. When Academy Award-nominated documentarian Marshall Curry stumbled upon footage of the event in historical archives, he was flabbergasted. Together with Field of Vision, he decided to present the footage as a cautionary tale to Americans.”
  • “Jewish Currents is launching its sixth annual Raynes National Poetry Contest. The submission season runs from October 15, 2017 to January 15, 2018.” This year’s theme is “Facts, Fakes, and Fictions.” NB: Although on my other blog and in my newsletter I limit contest and similar opportunity listing to those that don’t charge fees, I make an exception on the My Machberet blog because the pool for specifically Jewish-lit calls and competitions is so much smaller. So, yes, there’s a fee involved if you want to enter this contest.
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    Pre-Shabbat Jewish Literary Links

    Photo Credit: Reut Miryam Cohen

    Photo Credit: Reut Miryam Cohen

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

  • On the “contributions to Israeli literature of writers writing in languages other than Hebrew.”
  • It’s time for the Jewish Book Carnival (hosted for August by Yael Shahar).
  • A review of Sons and Soldiers: The Untold Story of the Jews Who Escaped the Nazis and Returned with the U.S. Army to Fight Hitler.
  • Job alert (New York): Hadassah is looking for a Social Media Specialist.
  • There’s obviously been a lot of writing about what happened in Charlottesville last weekend—and its aftermath. Rather than post some of the items that have resonated most with me, I invite you to share some of the readings that you have found most powerful.
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    Pre-Shabbat Jewish Literary Links

    Photo Credit: Reut Miryam Cohen

    Photo Credit: Reut Miryam Cohen


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

  • For your weekend listening: a Tikvah podcast episode featuring Liel Leibovitz on the Jewish poetry of Leonard Cohen.
  • New issue alert! Say hello to the summer 2017 edition of Lilith magazine.
  • The Jewish Review of Books also has a new issue out (fyi—some content is paywalled). Included with a newsletter alert about the new issue: “P.S. We’re looking for a great web editor to help us revamp and ramp up our website. Cover letter, resume, and (brief) writing samples should be sent to jobs(at)jewishreveiewofbooks(dot)com.”
  • The Whole Megillah has announced “the debut of Holocaustkidlit.com, a new website featuring an online searchable database of children’s Holocaust literature published in the United States and Canada from 2002 forward (excluding self-published and educational titles).” Details here.
  • And one concluding note: We’ll be hosting the July Jewish Book Carnival right here on the My Machberet blog. For background on the project and instructions if you’d like to contribute a #JewLit-focused link (not a self-promotional one, if you please!), do check the Carnival HQ. Deadline: July 10.
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    Pre-Shabbat Jewish Literary Links

    Photo Credit: Reut Miryam Cohen

    Photo Credit: Reut Miryam Cohen

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

  • Adding another title to that TBR list: Elizabeth Edelglass’s take on Israeli author Savyon Liebrecht’s Apples from the Desert: Selected Stories has made me eager to get my hands on a copy of that book.
  • “Finding Unexpected Faith in the Neo-Natal Intensive Care Unit” is the title of a remarkable excerpt from Elizabeth L. Silver’s new memoir The Tincture of Time, which you can find over on Literary Hub.
  • Job alert in New York: “The Harold Grinspoon Foundation (HGF) is seeking a PJ Library Communications and Marketing Coordinator who will implement a calendar of varied and diverse marketing and communication needs. The majority of this position serves the more than 26,000 New York-area PJ Library subscribers, with special projects and national-scale duties as assigned by the national Marketing and Operations team. This position reports to the Director of PJ Library in New York with cross-supervision by the Project Lead on the Marketing and Operations team in the national office.”
  • ICYMI: There’s a new poem of mine, titled “History Lesson in 210 Words,” over on the Jewish Journal website.
  • And as we close a week during which we again observed Yom HaShoah: some reflections on “The Holocaust on Display,” with a focus on a current photography exhibit (“Memory Unearthed: The Lodz Ghetto Photographs of Henryk Ross”) at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts, by Howard Richard Debs, on the Hevria site.
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    Pre-Shabbat Jewish Literary Links

    Photo Credit: Reut Miryam Cohen

    Photo Credit: Reut Miryam Cohen

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

  • On Tablet, in time for Yom HaShoah: an excerpt from Leela Corman’s forthcoming graphic novel Victory Parade, in which a Jewish American soldier helps liberate Buchenwald—and is haunted by the experience.
  • Also connected with Yom HaShoah: “UnWitnessable: A Reading of Contemporary Poetry and Prose Related to the Holocaust,” an event for those in the Philadelphia area, happening next Wednesday, April 26.
  • “Washington Jewish Week, a print and multi-platform digital publication covering the capital region’s diverse Jewish community, is looking for an enthusiastic, quick-learning general assignment reporter/writer to join our Rockville-based news team full time.”
  • Check out the April Jewish Book Carnival, hosted this month by Yael Shahar.
  • And enjoy Judy Bolton-Fasman’s super write-up of Lilith magazine’s recent 40th-anniversary celebration at Brandeis University. Included: a sneak peek into Rachel Kadish’s forthcoming novel.
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    The (Jewish) Plays Are the Thing

    Is it just me, or is it an especially rich time for Jewish theater at the moment? Especially here in New York?

    On Sunday, I had the great privilege of attending a performance of “Through the Darkness: The Story of Four People Who Outran the Holocaust.” Staged at The Workshop Theater, the play is the creation of Alan Breindel, a member of my home congregation. Continue reading ›

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