Jewish Literary Links

Toward the end of each week, 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.