From the President's Desk

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From the President's Desk

Dear Friends of AJL,

I know I’m always nagging you to use GoodSearch for yourInternet searching. I nag because I care! Goodsearch helps AJL raise funds,without taking anything out of YOUR pockets!

You can now add GoodSearch to your mobile device: iPhone,Android phone, iPad or tablet, etc.

 ·    ~   For any Apple device, follow the instructions at

 ·    ~   For any Android device, follow the instructionsat

~·  ~   I suggest making one change to the instructionsfor either kind of device: instead of starting at, start instead at This will put you directly on the AJL GoodSearch page instead of justGoodSearch in general.


Thanks for helping AJL raise money painlessly!

Heidi Estrin

President, Association of Jewish Libraries

Dear AJL Members,

I'm sure that many of you were affected by Hurricane Sandy. The AJL Council has asked me to let you know that we are thinking of you. We hope that you are your loved ones are safe and that you avoided major damage at home and at your libraries.

Be well,
Heidi Estrin
President, Association of Jewish Libraries
and the entire AJL Council
An anti-Semitic incident at Indiana University, Bloomington in November included not only rock-throwing, but defilement of Jewish texts from the shelves of the library. In support of IU's Jewish Studies program, our AJL member librarian at IU, and the university's efforts to combat prejudice, AJL President James Rosenbloom sent the following letter to IU President Dr. Michael A. McRobbie.
Dear Dr. McRobbie:

Recent anti-Semitic acts on the campus of Indiana University Bloomington are of great concern to the Association of Jewish Libraries, of which librarian Noa Wahrman is a member. Rock throwing at a Chabad House, at a church where synagogue services are held, and at a Hillel Center are shocking acts of anti-Semitic vandalism. The vandal or vandals also struck at the cultural heart of Judaism by taking eight volumes of Hebrew commentaries on the Talmud from the Library’s shelves and defiling them in bathrooms. We are not dealing with someone ignorant of Judaism. This act is a deliberate effort to insult and hurt Jews.

The Association of Jewish Libraries condemns these vicious acts. We are pleased to hear that the FBI and police are actively seeking to apprehend the individual or individuals responsible for this hate crime. We commend your administration’s and community’s quick and strong response to these acts. This is an appropriate moment to educate everyone in your community about the evils of prejudice and hatred in general, and about anti-Semitism in particular.

The members of the Association of Jewish Libraries stand in solidarity with you in your fight against anti-Semitism, and will support you in your efforts to combat this evil, which has unfortunately appeared on some campuses.

Yours truly,

James P. Rosenbloom
President, Association of Jewish Libraries

To read more about the incident itself in Jweekly, click here.

To read about Indiana University's response to the incident, click here.