Committees

The Association of Jewish Libraries has a variety of committees that provide service to the membership and to the field of Judaica librarianship. Some committees advertise openings as they occur; others may be joined at any time. For more information about the work of any committee, or to enquire about getting involved, contact the listed committee chair.

 

 

 

 

Librarianship and Education Committee

The Librarianship and Education Committee develops and promotes specialized courses (online and/or in person) for individuals interested in Judaica librarianship, both those in library school and those seeking continuing education.

Chair


Haim Gottschalk
Olney , MD
602-540-8675

e-mail: haimpipik@yahoo.com

 

 

Member Merit Awards

AJL presents a member annually with either the Life Membership Award or the Fanny Goldstein Merit Award. This committee selects deserving AJL members for recognition.

 

Member Relations Committee

The Member Relations Committee seeks to strengthen AJL by relationship-building and community-building among the membership. Member Relations also oversees AJL’s Mentoring program. 

Chair


Heidi Rabinowitz



e-mail: bookoflifepodcast@gmail.com

 

News & Reviews Committee

AJL publishes a quarterly online journal sharing organizational news and reviews of new Judaic books and other materials. A general editor oversees operations, assisted by review editors for adult and children’s materials. A large cadre of volunteer reviewers provides content, and members are welcome to submit articles in consultation with the general editor.

Chair

Uri Kolodney
University of Texas at Austin

512-495-4399

e-mail: kolodney@austin.utexas.edu

 

 

Publications Committee

The Publications Committee oversees the distribution of AJL publications including monographs. It also seeks to publish new materials of interest to AJL members.

Chair


Laura Schutzman
Hebrew Academy of Nassau County
Kew Gardens Hills , NY
(410) 967-5531

e-mail: laura.schutzman@gmail.com

 

 

RAS Cataloging Committee

Chair

Heidi G. Lerner
Stanford University
Palo Alto , CA
(650) 494-3163

e-mail: lerner@stanford.edu

 

 

 

 

Positions Reporting to Council

Accreditation Committee Chair

Shaindy Kurzmann
Ramapo College of New Jersey
Monsey , NY


e-mail: sbkurzmann@gmail.com

Advertising Chair


Jackie Ben-Efraim
American Jewish University



e-mail: j.benefraim@gmail.com

Reference & Bibliography Awards Committee Chair

Amalia S. Levi
Porters, St. James
240-413-3315

e-mail: amaliasl@gmail.com

ALA Liaison

Elliot H. Gertel
The University of Michigan



ATLA Liaison


Sheryl Stahl
Hebrew Union College-JIR
Long Beach , CA


Cataloging Committee Chair

Heidi G. Lerner
Stanford University
Palo Alto , CA
(650) 494-3163

e-mail: lerner@stanford.edu

Librarianship and Education Committee

The Librarianship and Education Committee develops and promotes specialized courses (online and/or in person) for individuals interested in Judaica librarianship, both those in library school and those seeking continuing education.


Haim Gottschalk
Olney , MD
602-540-8675

e-mail: haimpipik@yahoo.com

Conference Proceedings Compiler

Elana Gensler
West Hempstead Public Library
West Hempstead , NY
(516) 486-1132

e-mail: Egensler@aol.com

Conference Stipends Chair

The Conference Stipends Committee reviews applications requesting financial support to attend the annual conference. The Committee awards stipends comprised of Judy R. Cohn, EBSCO, and Littauer Grant funds on the basis of eligibility criteria described under Conference Stipends and Scholarships.

Lenore M. Bell
USA Holocaust Memorial Museum
Falls Church , VA
(703) 615-0559

e-mail: lbell@ushmm.org

Groner-Wikler Scholarship Committee Chair


Emily Bergman
Temple Sinai of Glendale
Glendale , CA
(818) 244-2501

e-mail: emilyannebergman@gmail.com

Student Scholarship Committee Chair

The Student Scholarship nurtures promising newcomers to the field of Judaica librarianship with assistance for attending the AJL conference. The Student Scholarship Committee is responsible for publicizing the AJL scholarship competition to library schools and for selecting the winner(s).

Tina Weiss
HUC-JIR



e-mail: tweiss@huc.edu

Sydney Taylor Book Award Committee Chair

The Sydney Taylor Book Award Committee is charged with annually selecting the winners of the Sydney Taylor Book Award and with implementing the process by which the winners are selected, publicized, and presented.


Rebecca Levitan
Baltimore County Public Library
Baltimore , MD
4104872937

e-mail: ralevitan@gmail.com

Sydney Taylor Manuscript Award Chair

The Sydney Taylor Manuscript Competition Committee is charged with annually selecting the winners of the Sydney Taylor Manuscript Award and with implementing the process by which the winners are selected, publicized, and presented. Committee members review and evaluate manuscripts submitted by authors for the award. Members of the committee must be members of AJL and must have broad knowledge of Judaic children's literature as well as experience in writing evaluative reviews. Author applicants must be unpublished in the genre of middle grade fiction.

Fan & Hyman Jacobs Library
Oheb Shalom Congregation
South Orange , NJ
973-762-7067

e-mail: library@ohebshalom.org

Jewish Fiction Award Committee

The AJL Jewish Fiction Award for adult readers. The AJL Jewish Fiction Award was established in 2017 with generous underwriting from Dan Wyman Books. All works of fiction with significant Jewish thematic content written in English--novels, short story and flash fiction collections--by a single author published and available for purchase in the United States during the award year are eligible for the award. Jewish thematic content means an extended grappling with Jewish themes throughout the book, including Judaism, Jewish history and culture, Jewish identity, etc.

Jeremiah Aaron Taub
Washington , DC


e-mail: atau@loc.gov