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.

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

ALA Liaison


Emily Bergman
Temple Sinai of Glendale
Glendale , CA
818-246-8101

e-mail: emilyannebergman@gmail.com

ALA Liaison


Susan Kusel
Temple Rodef Shalom
Arlington , VA


e-mail: skusel@templerodefshalom.org

ATLA Liaison


Sheryl Stahl
Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion
Long Beach , CA


e-mail: webmaster@jewishlibraries.org

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


Sean Boyle
Allentown , PA


Reference & Bibliography Awards Committee Chair


Anna M. Levia
Stanford University



e-mail: amlevia@stanford.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.

Aileen Grossberg
Congregation Shomrei Emunah
Montclair , NJ
973-744-3836

e-mail: aidonna@aol.com