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Announcing stilljewish 2.0 (Dreamwidth Style) [Aug. 9th, 2010|10:29 am]
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kassrachel and I have decided to relaunch the comm -- with some critical differences -- as stilljewish on dreamwidth! Here's our new mission statement, and a bit of info about the comm:

This community is a space for fannish Jews and Jewish fans to discuss the intersection of Judaism and fandom in our lives. For now, we're limiting membership in the community to people who fit that description. (If you self-define as a fannish Jew or Jewish fan, you're welcome here. We're not interested in policing the boundaries of either Jewishness or fannishness.)

remembering how there was a flood of conversation when the comm was first founded on lj, but then posts and comments petered out, we've given some thought to how to keep the conversation flowing, and here's our plan: during the first year of the comm's existence on dreamwidth, we're going to launch twelve discussion topics, one each month.

The 12 discussion topics are all really exciting to us, and we can't wait to see what conversations we have around them -- and around whatever other things come up.

For more info, the intro post is here: http://stilljewish.dreamwidth.org/995.html

Read, join, pimp on your own journals!

(If people who aren't on dreamwidth would like to join, there are ways to make that happen. Please contact us and we can get you a code or explain how open ID works if you'd rather not join dreamwidth yourself.)

[yes, I know this means that the future of the comm on lj looks tenuous. if someone would like to take this comm over to continue making it work on lj, please contact me and we can arrange a turnover to new mods.]
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Jewish Fantasy, Jewish Authors [Feb. 24th, 2010|07:50 am]
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[Current Mood |curiouscurious]

Interesting discussion at nancylebov's about this article: Why There Is No Jewish Narnia.

To me, the author seems to be cherry-picking his examples to go along with his thesis - for him, fantasy means very specifically the Tolkien/Lewis type along with the Harry Potter books. Another post discussing the same article, this time at the LJ weirdjews comm, includes a couple of significant Jewish fantasy authors that the original article's author completely missed.

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Purim Carnival [Feb. 20th, 2010|06:37 pm]
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[Current Location |Brooklyn]

Sunday February 21, 1-4 PM, Congregation mount Sinai, 250 Cadman Plaza West, Brooklyn

and YOU in your fabulous Purim costume (or not)
No reservation needed
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Pimping: 2010 Multifandom Purim Treat-a-Thon [Jan. 12th, 2010|11:03 pm]
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Hi! I will not take up too much of your time pimping, and just say this: the multifandom Purim gift exchange is up and running for the third time, and I invite you all to join in :-)

The Treat-a-Thon is an exchange of "gift baskets" of ficlets and art - or, in other words, mishlochei manot. Since Purim is the Jewish women power holiday, the theme of the ficathon is characters who are Jewish, women, or persecuted by evil viziers (because that's part of the megillah too).

Here are the rules and FAQ, and here is the sign up post - sign ups will be open until the 19th. Gifts will be posted between Feb 27th (Purim Eve) and March 1st (Shushan Purim), and authors revealed a day after that. And you absolutely do not have to be Jewish to participate, so come join in! It will be merry.

You can join purimgifts for more updates.
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Hanukah story - HP Gen [Dec. 16th, 2009|07:11 pm]
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[Current Mood |gratefulgrateful]

I've been posting a gift to my flist for each day of Hanukah. Today's is an HP fanfic story, and I thought I'd post a link here in case anyone was interested in reading it.

Has anyone else written any Hanukah stories this year?

Title: The Friday Box
Author: Leela (leela_cat)
Character: Severus Snape
Rating: G
Warnings: None.
Word Count: ~1,230
Summary: Sometimes, when no one was watching, Severus Snape went into a windowless room and performed a private ritual taught to him by his Grandma Snape.
Beta: batdina
A/N: I've always been fascinated by the rituals of the Conversos (sometimes called Marranos). This is one possible way that Hanukah could happen in the HP world.

The story is locked on my LJ, but you can read it here:

IJ: http://leela-cat.insanejournal.com/80147.html

DW: http://leela-cat.dreamwidth.org/81862.html
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fic: Eight Days of Lamberkkah [Dec. 15th, 2009|12:46 am]
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sabrina_il, miarr and I have written Adam Lambert Hanukkah fic, and if you've already seen this on your flist, I promise this is the last place I'm crossposting :-)

Title: Eight Days of Lamberkkah (American Idol RPF/crossovers)
PG-13, gen, ~4600 words
Summary: Adam Lambert's eight days of Hanukkah, 2009.
Notes: Crossovers with (deep breath): Daily Show, Heroes, The Wire, Political RPF, NCIS, Generation Kill, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, and Sports Night. Chag sameach :-)
(Eight Days of Lamberkkah)
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story rec -- Being Human - gen [Dec. 13th, 2009|05:58 pm]
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Happy Hannukah!

I just read a lovely story about George, Mitchell, and Annie from Being Human. If you haven't seen the show, it's about a werewolf, a vampire, and a ghost, all sharing a home. George is the werewolf, and is the Jewish character. Nice Hannukah theme.


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Cons and Judaism [Dec. 11th, 2009|09:35 am]
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I wanted to start a discussion about Cons and how they meet the specifically Jewish needs of participants.

I personally am Shomer Shabbos and Kosher and this is a significant reason why I haven't gone to many Cons. I went to a local SF Con a few weeks ago and drove up after Shabbos for the Saturday evening programming. And while I had a lot of fun, I felt like I'd missed the party. The guests and panels that sounded most interesting were all earlier in the day, so I had to have my friend catch me up on everything. I spoke to another participant who was shocked that I was just arriving and told me "You should get here on Friday next year," and could not comprehend that there were tremendous automatic difficulties inherent in this.

I know there are some people who are shomer shabbos and kosher and still manage to stay for a whole Con weekend. I'd be interested in their stories about the challenges they faced.

And I'm sure that people who aren't Shomer Shabbos or Kosher have had interactions at Cons influenced by their Judaism. Fandom is not notoriously sensitive to minorities. How did you react when someone said something inadvertently or intentionally antisemitic? Have you had panel experiences where your Judaism gave you the ability to share an insight from an unusual perspective? Have you been surprised to find that a fellow attendee was also a member of the tribe?
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Hebrew Bible Fanworks Fest [Aug. 14th, 2009|05:11 am]
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All right, so this isn't a strictly Jewish matter, but I'm pimping it here because it might be of interest:

I would like to announce the opening of [info - community] in_the_beginning, a Hebrew Bible Fanworks Fest -- a week of Tanakh fics, fanart, icons, meta, rec posts, and whatever else you can think of, to take place on October 2-9 (ie, the week of Sukkot). If you've ever tinkered with the idea of writing the story about Jacob and Rachel's first meeting, or what if Moses were a girl, or that time House was transported back in time to 967 BC -- now's your chance! We're also taking works based on works derived from the [Hebrew] Bible, such as Prince of Egypt or The Red Tent, etc.

Here is the info post; prompts can be submitted until August 19th, then claimed, and like I said, posting takes place between Oct 2-9, after which a master list will go up.

You don't have to have a Dreamwidth account to join; you can join the comm and comment with an OpenID account, and contact the mods (me or kassrachel) to post your work for you. In addition, the comm has a syndicated LJ feed -- if you add it, posts will appear on your flist.

The fest is open to everyone, accepts all genres and ratings, and you are all most cordially invited :-) Thank you for your time, and hope to see you there. (Also, feel free to pimp this to your friends :-))
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"A Diaspora Character if ever there was one" [Jun. 7th, 2009|08:02 am]
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The origins of Spock as the "Other", the "Outsider" and the Vulcan salute:

As an agnosto-atheist, the whole idea of the essence of god thing doesn't really do it for me.
However, I come from a family of Kohanim (the Priest tribe of the Jewish people) and the one time a year I do attend shul (synagogue) it's to hear and sing "Kol Nidrei" and to see my father and brother bless the congregation.
The shul my family attends isn't Orthodox, it's very egalitarian(1) - women wear kippah and tallitot, etc.

Everything Leonard Nimoy said there, I find it rings so true to the way I perceive Judaism, though not the kind that I ever experienced, nor do I think will I ever, considering where I am from and the fact that one must(2) believe.
Which, as I've mentioned, I do not.
Like Roddenberry, I'd consider myself a Humanist, despite the problematic history of that word, but I'm a bit too Jewish for that so I like this(3) more than anything else.

(1)Though not enough for daughters of Kohanim to be able to go up to the Bimah and bless the congregation.
(2)Or at least, me.
(3)Humanistic Judaism
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