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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.

  • This year’s winners and finalists for the National Jewish Book Awards have been announced.
  • Thank you, Moment, for posting this conversation between Alan Cheuse and Joyce Carol Oates.
  • I knew that Judy Labensohn’s essay was forthcoming; so glad to discover “Follow Me: A Mother’s Day in the Israeli Army” online this week.
  • Also discovered this week: Atar Hadari’s stunning poems inspired by the life of Ariel Sharon. (h/t @JendiReiter)
  • And from the media world: the Jewish Telegraphic Agency and MyJewishLearning have announced a merger.
  • 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.

  • The latest New Yorker fiction podcast features Amos Oz’s story “The King of Norway,” which became the opening story in Oz’s Between Friends. Jonathan Safran Foer reads the story and discusses it with New Yorker fiction editor Deborah Treisman.
  • Great news from Lee Mandel about his latest project, a biography of the first Jewish chaplain ever assigned to the United States Marine Corps, Rabbi Roland Gittelsohn: “Tentatively titled ‘Unlikely Warrior’ and subtitled ‘A Pacifist Rabbi’s Journey from the Pulpit to the Sands of Iwo Jima,’ the book has been accepted for publication by Pelican Publishers and I signed the contracts last week. It will likely be out by this coming fall.” Mazal tov!
  • More good news: This week brought us a new issue of JewishFiction.Net, including works “originally written in Polish, French, Hebrew, and English, and set in China, Germany, Scotland, Poland, ancient Israel, modern Israel, the United States, and on an emigrants’ boat bound for the United States.”
  • Looking forward to reading Gary Shteyngart’s memoir Little Failure–especially after reading Harvey Freedenberg’s review.
  • Tablet is hiring two paid, part-time spring editorial interns. If you have experience in journalism and are familiar with the landscape of American Jewish life, we’d love to hear from you.” Apply by December 12 for these New York-based positions.
  • 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.

  • Advice on writing for Jewish publications (and getting paid for what you write!) from the talented and prolific Rebecca Klempner.
  • In The New York Times Book Review: “Each week in Bookends, two writers take on pressing and provocative questions about the world of books. This week, Adam Kirsch and Rivka Galchen on why Hannah Arendt’s ‘Eichmann in Jerusalem’ remains contentious fifty years after it was first published.”
  • This just added to my tbr list: From Kristallnacht to Watergate: Memoirs of a Newspaperman, by Harry Rosenfeld.
  • J., the Jewish news weekly of Northern California, has a rare opening for a full-time staff reporter working from our office in San Francisco’s Financial District.”
  • The Winter 2014 issue of Jewish Review of Books is online. Much of the content is for subscribers only, but you’ll find a few pieces available to all.
  • Shabbat shalom and best wishes for a joyous Hanukkah!

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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.

  • 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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