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Jewish Literary Links for Shabbat

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

  • Earlier this week, I was lucky enough to attend a Philip Roth tribute here in New York City. And we’re all lucky that Adam Chandler was also present, covering the event for Tablet.
  • The October Jewish Book Carnival went live this week. Go enjoy it.
  • Managing Editor sought: “Dynamic individual needed to lead biweekly newspaper. The Jewish Voice, a 9,500 circulation, non-profit newspaper, published by the Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island, seeks a highly organized strategic thinker.”
  • “The Harold Grinspoon Foundation (HGF) is looking for a Program Officer to support the growth of PJ Library, the foundation’s Jewish family engagement program, in the New York metropolitan region.”
  • And in case you missed it: my full review of Orly Castel-Bloom’s Textile (trans. Dalya Bilu), over on the Practicing Writing blog.
  • Shabbat shalom.

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    Jewish Literary Links for Shabbat

    Photo Credit: Reut Miryam Cohen

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

  • “Israeli film officials say Israeli-American actress Natalie Portman will direct her first feature film, based on an autobiographical novel by celebrated Israeli writer Amos Oz.”
  • Over on Tablet: a wonderful piece about I.B. Singer’s “The Son from America”–and what it’s like to teach the story today at a Catholic college.
  • i24news is a new source for English-language news from Israel. (h/t HonestReporting.com)
  • The Forward is looking for a Digital Media Producer.
  • Finally, in case you missed it yesterday, please forgive the additional mention of my new essay, “Beyond Birthright: How Fortysomethings Can Cultivate Jewish Connections.” Including Jewish cultural connections.
  • Shabbat shalom.

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    Job Opportunity with New Voices magazine/Jewish Student Press Service

    This just noticed:

    Seeking recent college grad for full-time position: Editor in Chief of New Voices Magazine (newvoices.org) and Executive Director of Jewish Student Press Service.

    New Voices Magazine and the Jewish Student Press Service (JSPS) have a full-time job opening for the Editor in Chief of an online magazine and Executive Director of the small nonprofit that publishes it. The start date is September 2013.

    New Voices (est. 1991) is a national, independent magazine written by and for Jewish college students. Now a web-based publication, New Voices is published by the nonprofit Jewish Student Press Service, which was originally established in 1970 by a group of student activists to connect Jewish campus newspapers across the country.

    New Voices covers Jewish issues from a student perspective, and has traditionally been progressive and pluralistic. New Voices and JSPS have launched the careers of countless journalists now working in both Jewish and mainstream media.

    The salary is $32,000 per year and the position includes health benefits.

    Full description available on JournalismJobs.com.

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    Jewish Literary Links for Shabbat

    Photo Credit: Reut Miryam Cohen


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

  • “I am reading the streets of Tel Aviv for their genre affiliations,” writes Kevin Haworth for the Bending Genre website.
  • A terrific review of one of my own recent reads, Merrill Joan Gerber’s The Hysterectomy Waltz.
  • More about Alice Walker’s odious words.
  • The Jewish Week presents its summer reading section.
  • Jewish Review of Books has redesigned its website in time for its new summer issue.
  • Shabbat shalom.

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    Words of the Week: Andrew Silow-Carroll (on Alice Walker)

    I don’t begrudge Walker her politics. But I would take her seriously only if she demonstrated that she understood the history of the conflict, the legitimate security fears that have undermined Israeli peace efforts, the political pressures that have stymied Israeli peacemakers, the vicious terrorism and hateful rhetoric that has characterized the Palestinian “resistance” for decades and repelled even Israeli moderates; the seemingly unbridgeable divisions within the Palestinian movement itself; and the cruelties on both sides that must be confronted, acknowledged, and repented for before you can even start talking about a solution.

    –Andrew Silow-Carroll, Editor-in-Chief, New Jersey Jewish News.

    Read the full post here. Please.

    You know, like a lot of readers and writers, I used to admire Alice Walker, the author. But Alice Walker, the activist, appalls me. Thank you, Andrew Silow-Carroll, for articulating my own frustrations so eloquently.

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    Jewish Literary Links for Shabbat

    Photo Credit: Reut Miryam Cohen


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

  • “The Greatest Living Hebrew Writer Is Arab”–find out who this writer is, according to The Tower magazine.
  • “After three-and-a-half jam-packed years, Jewish Ideas Daily is embarked on another exciting adventure.” Learn more about the soon-to-be-launched Mosaic.
  • Can you sum up your Jewish dad in six words?
  • Jane Yolen explains how she came to write The Devil’s Arithmetic: “I had lunch with one of my editors, who happened to be a rabbi’s wife. She said, ‘I know you’re Jewish, but you don’t write about anything Jewish—it’s time you start.'”
  • An utterly moving essay by a son of an Auschwitz survivor.
  • Shabbat shalom.

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