Notes from Around the Web: Literary Links for Shabbat

  • Get to know the next generation of Jewish children’s book reviewers by reading the winning entries in this year’s Moment magazine Publish-A-Kid contest.
  • UJA-Federation is looking for a part-time writer (New York).
  • This week, my short story, “The Quiet American, Or How to Be a Good Guest,” was featured on the Emerging Writers Network. This is the effective “title story” for my collection, Quiet Americans.
  • The aforementioned Emerging Writers Network is, like many other sites, celebrating Short Story Month. Which short-story collections on Jewish themes would you recommend to others? (Apart from Quiet Americans, of course!)
  • Welcome to the Web, Jewish News Archive!
  • Shabbat shalom!

    Job Alert: Media/Research Manager

    Based in New York, the Israel Action Network (IAN) seeks a Media & Research Manager. Details about the position are available here. Meantime, here’s some background on the IAN:

    “The Israel Action Network (IAN) is an unprecedented community driven effort by the North American Jewish community to counter the assault in Israel’s legitimacy. IAN is a partnership between the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) and the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) to provide resources, expertise and other support to combat the growing efforts to de-legitimize the State of Israel and the including calls for boycotts, divestment and sanctions (BDS Movement), and other means to isolate Israel from the international community, to distort and blur Middle East reality and undermine the effort to achieve a viable two-state solution where both Israelis and Palestinians can live in peace and prosperity. The IAN will work with Federations and Jewish Community Relations Councils across the continent as well as with other local and global partners to develop a strong, unified Jewish communal as well as a civil society response to these dangerous efforts.”

    Notes from Around the Web: Literary Links for Shabbat

  • Mazel Tov to Austin Ratner, who has won the Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature in fiction for his debut novel, The Jump Artist (Bellevue Literary Press), and to Joseph Skibell, who is the runner-up and recipient of of the Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature Choice Award. His award-winning novel is A Curable Romantic (Algonquin). Two more books on my to-read list.
  • Make that three. After reading Sandee Brawarsky’s review, I’m putting Sharon Pomerantz’s Rich Boy atop the list.
  • “With new Jewish-themed television programs, critically acclaimed Jewish fiction, experimental electro-klezmer bands and Jewish-Muslim theater groups, British Jews are producing obviously Jewish-inflected artworks in increasingly vibrant and creative ways, which often become part of the mainstream culture,” writes Rebecca Schischa, for The Jewish Week.
  • Adam Kirsch reviews the newly-available translation (by Tim Wilkinson) of Imre Kertesz’s Fiasco.
  • For his part, Jonathan Kirsch reviews and recommends a new novel by Alan Cheuse, Song of Slaves in the Desert, which features a character “who stands in for the 3 to 5 percent of American slaveholders in the antebellum South who were Jewish.”
  • Job alert: “New Voices and JSPS [the Jewish Student Press Service] are seeking a full-time Editor in Chief/Executive Director. New Voices is the only national, independent magazine written for and by Jewish college students. Published by the Jewish Student Press Service (est. 1971), New Voices and cover Jewish issues from a student perspective. JSPS also runs the annual National Jewish Student Journalism conference, now in its 40th year.”
  • Another job alert, this time from the Jewish Federation of Broward County, Fla., which is seeking a part-time PJ Library Community Coordinator.
  • Notes from Around the Web: Jewish Literary Links for Shabbat

  • The Jewish Book Council wants your recipes!
  • Job alert: the Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA) is looking for a Web Editor (the job is in New York). “The ideal candidate will have extensive journalistic experience and keen editorial judgment, familiarity with the broad range of Jewish communal issues, web editing experience, social media savvy, the ability to work quickly and juggle multiple deadlines, creative talent and the flexibility to be a team player and fill in with other editorial duties when necessary.
  • This week I continued to add links on my tribute page for Czech Jewish writer Arnost Lustig (1926-2011)
  • Here’s one way to share the title of any Jewish book you may be reading: Join in the #FridayReads fun on Twitter each Friday. Simply log in, post the title, and be sure to include the #FridayReads hashtag.
  • Speaking of Twitter, I am honored that the Jewish Book Council has chosen my story collection, Quiet Americans, as April’s Twitter Book Club title. Please join the discussion on April 12!
  • Shabbat shalom and chag Purim!

    MyJewishLearning, Inc., Seeks Editorial Assistant

    MyJewishLearning, Inc. is seeking a full-time Editorial Assistant to join its dynamic team. The Editorial Assistant will work on both, the leading transdenominational Jewish website, and, a new website site offering a fresh take on Jewish parenting.

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    Qualified candidates should have an interest in working in web publishing and have some knowledge of Jewish life and traditions. We’re looking for someone who can manage multiple projects at one time, has an eye for detail, and brings energy and creativity to their job. Previous experience writing, working with content management systems, and Photoshop are helpful.

    For the full announcement, please visit