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50th Anniversary of the Sydney Taylor Book Award

The Sydney Taylor Book Award is celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year. To honor this amazing milestone, we have planned events to take place before and during the Boston AJL Conference:

On Sunday, June 17, 2018, we invite you, your family and friends to join us from 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM at the Boston Public Library - Central Library, 700 Boylston Street, Boston for an afternoon of Story Time, Singing, Arts & Crafts, A Raffle, and a Panel Discussion. This event is FREE and fun for he entire family. See more information on the flyer below.

On Tuesday, June 19, 2018 at 12:30 PM, we will host over 30 writers and artists at our Author & Illustrator lunch at Temple Israel. In addition, Caldecott-winning illustrator Paul Zelinsky will give us a sneak peak and speak to us about creating his new book, All-Of-A-Kind Family Hanukkah. (The cost of the lunch is included in your Conference Registration or can be purchased separately on the conference website.)

Of course the celebration continues during the afternoon sessions with presentations by the 2018 Sydney Taylor Award winning authors and illustrators speaking about their books and ends with our giving Harold Grinspoon and PJ Library the Sydney Taylor Body of Work Award at our annual Awards Banquet along with the 2018 Sydney Taylor Awardees, the Sydney Taylor Manuscript winner, the new AJL Fiction Prize winner and the RAS Winners. (The cost of the Awards Banquet is included in your Conference Registration or can be purchased separately on the conference website.)

Also, please look in the upcoming Judaica Librarianship for an article by Fred Isaac and Diane Rauchwerger about 50 years of Sydney Taylor Award Winning Books.

We want to thank our Sponsors: Follett, Kar-Ben Publishing, Albert Whitman & Company, Apples & Honey Press, Candlewick Press, Charlesbridge, Macmillan Children's, Random House Children's Books, American Girl, Boston Public Library, HarperCollins Children's Books, PJ Library & Seven Stories Press for their generous donations to make these celebrations possible.

There is so much happening. You don't want to miss it.

Conference Countdown! - Final Program

With the conference only two weeks away, we are thrilled to give you this sneak peek at this year's program book.

What to do in Boston?

Are you wondering what to do in Boston and Brookline before, during, or after the conference? Harvey Sukenic compiled a list of select Jewish eateries, shopping, and synagogues. See the bottom of the conference information page for the complete downloadable list.

2018 Reference and Bibliography Awards

The Judaica Reference and Bibliography Awards Committee decided as following regarding the Judaica Reference and Bibliography 2018 awards:

Bibliography

David Hollander, Legal Scholarship in Jewish Law : an Annotated Bibliography of Journal Articles (Getzville, New York : William S. Hein & Co., 2017)

Honorable Mention: Steven J. Weiss, Pirke Avot: a Thesaurus : an Annotated Bibliography of Printed Hebrew Commentaries, 1485-2015 (Los Angeles & Jerusalem : The Dr. Steven J. Weiss Collection, 2016)

Reference

Paul R Bartrop & Michael Dickerman The Holocaust: An Encyclopedia and Document Collection (Santa Barbara, CA : ABC-CLIO, 2017)

Honorable mention: Zachary M. Baker, “Resources in Yiddish Studies” published in: In Geveb : A Journal of Yiddish Studies https://ingeveb.org/tags/Resources%20in%20Yiddish%20Studies )

I would like to thank the awards’ sponsors: Dr. Greta Silver of New York City, who established the AJL Judaica Reference Award, to encourage the publication of outstanding Judaica reference works, and Eric Chaim Kline of Los Angeles, who established the AJL Judaica Bibliography Award,  to encourage the publication of outstanding Judaica bibliographies.


I would also like to thank the Committee members Amalia S. Levi, David B. Levy, Michelle Chesner and Shulamith Z Berger for their enthusiastic and thoughtful input.

Rachel Simon

Special post-conference Amherst Tour

Join AJL for a special post-conference field trip to Amherst. Tours will include a choice of the Michelson Gallery or Schoen books on Wednesday, then the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art and the Yiddish Book Center on Thursday.

AJL Trip Itinerary to Amherst, MA—June 20-21, 2018

Wednesday, June 20

 

2:30 pm

Bus leaves Temple Israel, Brookline

4:15 pm

4:15 – 4:45

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bus arrives at historic inn and tavern, Hotel Northampton,

Check in to hotel http://www.hotelnorthampton.com/

4:45 – 6:45 pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Walk to Michelson Galleries, Northampton, MA

http://www.rmichelson.com  Private tour of gallery by Rich!.

Wine and hors d’oeuvres. Possible artist/author appearance

Michelson galleries

 -OR-

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Visit to https://schoenbooks.com

Transportation from hotel and kosher dinner provided by Ken Schoen!

6:45 pm

 

 

Dinner on your own in quaint and historic Northampton

(Kosher meals can be ordered in advance--there is no kosher restaurant within walking distance)

Thursday, June 21

 

7:00 – 9:00 am

9:30 am

10:00 – 11:30 am

 

11:30 – 1:00 pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Free continental breakfast available in hotel

Board bus to travel to Amherst, 20 minutes

Arrive at Eric Carle Museum, private tour

https://www.carlemuseum.org/

Eric Carle Museum

1:00 pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Walk to nearby Yiddish Book Center, private tour

https://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/

 

Yiddish book center

 3:00-3:30 pm

 

 

Board bus, sack lunches provided for bus ride back to Boston

Arrive back to Holiday Inn, Brookline or other pre-arranged location in Boston, to be decided according to request

Price

 

Single or Double Room

2 day bus transportation

Thursday lunch

Two entrance fees

Pre-Pay TOTAL:

$155 plus tax, paid to hotel, call them to request AJL rate

$150 

$20

$16

$186, paid by check to Lisa Silverman, by April 15 to reserve spot

Contact trip planner

 

Lisa Silverman lisa.silverman@aju.edu

Download itinerary

 

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