Syllabus for the Contemporary Jewish Writing Class

at Congregation Beth Ami in April-May 2015 Printable PDF syllabus: Summary + week 1, week 2, week 3, week 4, week 5, week 6 – all in one Summary This course will explore emerging trends and current issues in contemporary Jewish writing provide resources and tips on using the internet to find new books and reviews introduce recent books on these topics/genres: Novels, American Jewish History, (Auto)Biographies, World Jewish History, Shoah and Mysticism provide opportunities…

Recent Books on Jewish Mysticism / Kabbalah

Bibliography compiled by Gabor Por for the Contemporary Jewish Writing Class at Congregation Beth Ami in April-May 2015 Downloadable/Printable PDF version of this page Abraham Joshua Heschel: The Call of Transcendence by Shai Held  (Indiana UP, 2013) 352 pages, http://amzn.to/1F4cfxv Focusing on the idea of transcendence―or the movement from self-centeredness to God-centeredness―Held puts Heschel into dialogue with contemporary Jewish thinkers, Christian theologians, devotional writers, and philosophers of religion. Divine Scapegoats:…

Recent National Jewish Book Award Categories/Winners

Not Covered in This Course Bibliography compiled by Gabor Por for the Contemporary Jewish Writing Class at Congregation Beth Ami in April-May 2015 Downloadable/Printable PDF version of this page Children’s and Young Adult Literature Spinoza: The Outcast Thinker by Devra Lehmann (Namelos, 2014) 292 pages, SCL* http://amzn.to/1LpJKPh At the center of the storm, he lives the simplest of lives, quietly devoted to his work as a lens grinder and to…

Recent Books Related to Shoah/Holocaust

Even in Darkness by Barbara Stark-Nemon

Bibliography compiled by Gabor Por for the Contemporary Jewish Writing Class at Congregation Beth Ami in April-May 2015 Downloadable/Printable PDF version of this page 2013 and 2014 National Jewish Book Award Winners and Finalists: Conscripted Slaves: Hungarian Jewish Forced Laborers on the Eastern Front During the Second World War by Robert Rozett (Yad Vashem, 2014) 288 pages From the spring of 1942 until the summer of 1944, some 45,000 Jewish…

Recent Books Related World (Non-USA) Jewish History

My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel by Ari Shavit

Bibliography compiled by Gabor Por for the Contemporary Jewish Writing Class at Congregation Beth Ami in April-May 2015 Downloadable/Printable PDF version of this page   2013 and 2014 National Jewish Book Award Winners and Finalists: Contested Land, Contested Memory: Israel’s Jews and Arabs and the Ghosts of Catastrophe by Jo Roberts (Dundurn, 2013) 304 pages, SCL* Vividly narrated, with extensive original interview material, it examines how these tangled histories of…

Recent Jewish (Auto)biographies

Bibliography compiled by Gabor Por for the Contemporary Jewish Writing Class at Congregation Beth Ami in April-May 2015 Downloadable/Printable PDF version of this page 2013 and 2014 National Jewish Book Award Winners and Finalists: An American Bride In Kabul: A Memoir by Phyllis Chesler (Palgrave , 2013) 256 pages, SCL* How a naïve American girl learned to see the world through eastern as well as western eyes and came to appreciate…

Recent Books on American Jewish History

Bibliography compiled by Gabor Por for the Contemporary Jewish Writing Class at Congregation Beth Ami in April-May 2015 Downloadable/Printable PDF version of this page 2013 and 2014 National Jewish Book Award Winners and Finalists: After They Closed the Gates: Jewish Illegal Immigration to the United States, 1921-1965 by Libby Garland (University Of Chicago Press, 2014) 312 pages Jews, one of the main targets of the quota laws, figured prominently in the…

Recent Jewish Novels

Bibliography compiled by Gabor Por for the Contemporary Jewish Writing Class at Congregation Beth Ami in April-May 2015 Downloadable/Printable PDF version of this page 2013 and 2014 National Jewish Book Award Winners and Finalists Between Friends by Amos Oz (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013); Sondra Silverston translator, 192 pages, SCL* These eight interconnected stories, set in the fictitious Kibbutz Yekhat, draw masterly profiles of idealistic men and women enduring personal hardships in…