Paper Brigade

Paper Brigade is a new beautiful, annual literary journal from The Jewish Book Council that reflects the current Jewish literary landscape but is also rooted in history and tradition.

Paper Brigade contains “something for everyone”: articles, personal essays, poetry, and excerpts from 2017 fiction as well as visual elements: photography and illustrations. By combining past and present, the talented team behind Paper Brigade hopes the journals will become keepsakes that will remain relevant for years to come.

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Paper Brigade is named in honor of the group of writers and intellectuals in the Vilna Ghetto who rescued thousands of Jewish books and documents from destruction by the Nazis.

The goal of the original Paper Brigade stood in direct opposition to Nazi propaganda—against the idea that only one voice and one perspective were permissible. “Today,” said Becca Kantor, managing editor at the Jewish Book Council, “it’s more important than ever to emphasize the international and multi-ethnic nature of Jewish literature. We aim to follow in the footsteps of our namesake by embracing the range and diversity of Jewish literary voices.”

I devoured the current issue in one sitting. (It’s that great.) There’s nothing quite like it in terms of reflecting the breadth and richness of Jewish books today. Below are some sample pages and illustrations from the current journal.



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If you’re interested in reading about engaging, timely Jewish literature, Paper Brigade is for you. It also makes a terrific gift.

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2 Comments on Paper Brigade

  1. helene
    January 24, 2017 at 5:10 am (5 years ago)

    This excerpt draws us right in…………that is what I love about reading. One discovers new worlds, new friends, new ways of looking at the world. Would love to be in a Jewish Book Club. Julie, are you organizing one ??? Just an idea…………….

  2. Mara
    February 8, 2017 at 6:03 am (5 years ago)

    Thanks Julie for bringing this to the attention of all of us, lovers of books, history and the richness of diverse voices… It opens up worlds within our own world. You are never alone with a book. And you exercise empathy as well. Like you do.


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