Reference & Bibliography Awards

The AJL Judaica Reference Award, funded by Dr. Greta Silver of New York City, was established to encourage the publication of outstanding Judaica reference books. The AJL Judaica Bibliography Award, funded by Eric Chaim Kline of Los Angeles, was established to encourage the publication of outstanding Judaica bibliographies. Publishers wishing to submit books or inquire about the award should contact the Reference and Bibliography Awards Committee chair, Amalia Levi.

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Year Award Winner Award Type
2020 Catalog of Catalogs: A Bibliography of Temporary Exhibition Catalogs Since 1876 that Contain Items of Judaica / Gross, William, Orly Tzion, and Falk Wiesemann, eds.  Leiden; Boston: Brill, 2019. Bibliography Award
2020 A Rainbow Thread: An Anthology of Queer Jewish Texts from the First Century to 1969 Sienna, Noam, and Judith Plaskow. Philadelphia, PA: Print-O-Craft Press, 2019. Reference Award
2020 Singerman, Robert.Judaica Americana: A Bibliography of Publications to 1900. New York: Greenwood Press, 1990. Electronic edition: 2019. Lifetime Achievement Award
2020 Tapper, Aaron Hahn, and Mira Sucharov, eds.Social Justice and Israel/Palestine: Foundational and Contemporary Debates. Toronto; Buffalo: University of Toronto Press, Higher Education Division, 2019. Honorary Mention (Reference)
2019 Historical Atlas of Hasidism / Marcin Wodziński. New Jersey : Princeton University Press, 2018 Reference Award
2019 Discovering Second Temple Literature: The Scriptures and Stories That Shaped Early Judaism / Malka Z. Simkovich. Jewish Publication Society, 2018 Reference Honorable Mention
2018 Legal Scholarship in Jewish Law : an Annotated Bibliography of Journal Articles / David Hollander. Getzville, New York : William S. Hein & Co., 2017 Bibliography Award
2018 The Holocaust: An Encyclopedia and Document Collection / Paul R Bartrop & Michael Dickerman. Santa Barbara, CA : ABC-CLIO, 2017 Reference Award
2018 Pirke Avot: a Thesaurus : an Annotated Bibliography of Printed Hebrew Commentaries, 1485-2015 / Steven J. Weiss. Los Angeles & Jerusalem : The Dr. Steven J. Weiss Collection, 2016 Bibliography Honorable Mention
2018 “Resources in Yiddish Studies” / Zachary M. Baker. published in: In Geveb : A Journal of Yiddish Studies Reference Honorable Mention
2016 Comprehensive English-Yiddish Dictionary (based on the lexical research of Mordkhe Schaechter) /  Gitl Schaechter-Viswanath, Paul Glasser, Chava LapinIndiana University Press, 2016. Reference Award
2015 Outside the Bible: Ancient Jewish Writings Related to Scripture / edited by Louis H. Feldman, James L. Kugel and Lawrence H. Schiffman. Philadelphia : Jewish Publication Society, 2014 Reference Award
2015 Sephardi Lives: A Documentary History, 1700-1950 / edited by Julia Cohen and Sarah Stein. Stanford : Stanford University Press, 2014
Reference Award Honorable Mention
2015 Catalog of the Judeo-Persian Manuscripts in the Library of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America / Vera Basch Moreen. Leiden : Brill, 2015. Bibliography Award
2014 Mi-kitve ha-ʻitim : ʻitonut ha-haśkalah me-1820 ʻad 1845 : mafteḥot muʻarim le-khitve-ha-ʻet ha-ʻIvriyim shel ha-Haśkalah be-Holand, Galitsyah, Germanyah ṿe-Liṭa, 580-606 / me-et Mosheh Peli. Yerushalayim : Magnes, 2013. Bibliography Award
2014 Comprehensive Yiddish-English dictionary / Solon Beinfeld, Harry Bochner. Bloomington, Indiana : Indiana University Press, 2013. Reference Award
2013 Otsar kitve-ha-yad ha-Talmudiyim / Yaʻaḳov Zusman ; be-hishtatfut Yoʼav Rozenṭal ṿe-Aharon Shṿeḳah. Yerushalayim : Yad Yitsḥaḳ Ben-Tsevi : Friedberg Genizah Project, 2011. Bibliography Award
2013 Hūlūkāst / Ardashīr Bābak’niyā. Washington, D.C. : David S. Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies ; Newport Beach, Calif. : Memorah Foundation, 2012. Reference Award Honorable Mention
2012 Bibliographia Karaitica by Barry Dov Walfish and Mikhail Kizilov. Leiden: Brill, 2011. Bibliography Award
2011 Bibliography of Jews in the Islamic World / executive editor, Norman A. Stillman, edited by Maria Angeles Gallego, Heather Bleaney, Pablo Garcia Suárez. Leiden: Brill, 2010. Bibliography Award
2011 The Eerdman's Dictionary of Early Judaism / edited by John J. Collins and Daniel C. Harlow. Reference Award Honorable Mention
2010 United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Encyclopedia of Camps and Ghettos, 1933-1945. Bloomington, Ill.: Indiana University Press in association with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, 2009. Reference Award
2009 Yossi Galron, Head of the Hebraica and Jewish Studies Library at The Ohio State University Libraries Bibliography Body-of-Work Award
2008 The YIVO Encyclopedia of Jews in Eastern Europe / Gershon David Hundert. New Haven [Conn.]: Yale University Press, 2008. Reference Award
2008 Hebrew Manuscripts in the Vatican Library: Catalogue / Binyamin Richler, Malachi Beit-Arié, and Nurit Pasternak. Città del Vaticano: Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, 2008. Bibliography Award
2008 The Book of Esther: a Classified Bibliography / Edith Lubetski and Meir Lubetski. Bible bibliographies. Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2008. Bibliography Honorable Mention
2007 Writers in Yiddish / edited by Joseph Sherman. Detroit: Thomson Gale, 2007. (Dictionary of Literary Biography, vol. 333.) Reference Award
2007 Dictionary of Iberian Jewish and Converso Authors / by Norman Roth. Salamanca; Madrid: Aben Ezra Ediciones; Universidad Pontifica Salamanca, 2007. Bibliography Award
2007 Taylor-Schechter Genizah Research Unit at the University of Cambridge / Stefan Reif, Director Emeritus. Special Body-of-Work Citation
2006 Milon le-tekstim Arviyim-Yehudiyim mi-Yeme ha-benayim = Qamus al-lughah al-Arabiyah al-Yahudiyah fi al-usur al-wusta = A Dictionary of Mediaeval Judaeo-Arabic texts / by Joshua Blau. Jerusalem: ha-Akademyah la-lashon ha-Ivrit; ha-Akademyah ha-leumit ha-Yisreelit le-madaim, 2006. Reference Award
2006 Ha-Sifriyah ha-Yehudit bi-yeme ha-benayim: reshimot sefarim mi-Genizat Kahir = The Jewish Library in the Middle Ages: Book Lists from the Cairo Genizah / by Nehemya Allony; edited by Miriam Frenkel and Haggai Ben-Shammai, with the participation of Moshe Sokolow. Jerusalem: Mekhon Ben-Tsevvi le-heker kehilot Yisrael ba-Mizrah, 2006. (Oriens yudaikus: sidrah 1, kerekh 3. [Oriens Judaicus: series 1, vol. 3]). Bibliography Award
2005 Sepulcra judaica: Bibliographie zu juedischen Friedhoefen und zu Sterben, Begraebnis und Trauer bei den Juden von der Zeit des Hellenismus bis zur Gegenwart = Jewish Cemeteries, Death, Burial and Mourning from the Period of Hellenism to the Present: A Bibliography / Falk Wiesemann. Essen: Klartext, 2005. Bibliography Award
2005 Leksikon ha-sipur ha-hasidi / Gedalyah Nigal. Jerusalem: ha-Makhon le-heker ha-sifrut ha-hasidit, 2005. Reference Award
2004 The Sixteenth Century Hebrew Book: An Abridged Thesaurus / by Marvin J. Heller. Leiden; Boston: Brill, 2004 Bibliography Award
2004 Jewish American Literature: A Guide to Reading Interests / Rosalind Reisner. Westport, Conn.: Libraries Unlimited, 2004. Reference Award
2003 Holocaust Literature : An Encyclopedia of Writers and Their Work / S. Lillian Kremer, editor. New York: Routledge, 2003. Bibliography Award
2003 Dicionario sefaradi de sobrenomes : inclusive cristao novos, conversos, marranos, italianos, berberes e sua historia na Espanha, Portugal e Italia = Dictionary of Sephardic surnames : including Christianized Jews, Conversos, Marranos, Italians, Berbers, and their history in Spain, Portugal and Italy / Guilherme Faiguenboim, Paulo Valadares, Anna Rosa Campagnano, editors. Rio de Janeiro, RJ : Fraiha, 2003. Reference Award
2003 Avotaynu, Inc. Special Body-of-Work Citation
2002 Isaac Bashevis Singer : A Bibliography of His Works in Yiddish and English, 1960-1991 / by Roberta Saltzman. Lanham, MD : Scarecrow Press, 2002. Bibliography Award
2002 Sephardic Genealogy : Discovering Your Sephardic Ancestors and Their World / by Dr. Jeffrey S. Malka. Bergenfield, NJ : Avotaynu, 2002. Reference Award
2001 Jewish Serials of the World : A Supplement to the Research Bibliography of Secondary Sources / compiled by Robert Singerman. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 2001. Bibliography Award
2001 The Encyclopedia of Jewish Life Before and During the Holocaust / edited by Shmuel Spector and Geoffrey Wigoder. New York: New York University Press, 2001 Reference Award
2000 Breslav, Bibliyografyah Mu'eret : R. Nahman mi-Breslav Toldotav u-Morashto ha Sifrtutit: Sifre Talmidav ve-Talmide Talmidav: Hassidut Breslav u-Sevivoteha / David Assaf. Jerusalem: Merkaz Zalman Shazar, 2000. 
[English title: Bratslav: An Annotated Bibliography.]
Bibliography Award
2000 A History and Guide to Judaica Dictionaries and Concordances / by Shimeon Brisman. Hoboken: KTAV. 2000 Reference Award
1999 Printing the Talmud : A History of the Individual Treatises Printed from 1700 to 1750 / by Marvin J. Heller. Leiden ; Boston : Brill, 1999. (Brill's series in Jewish studies, vol. 21) Bibliography Award
1999 Jewish Roots in Ukraine and Moldova : Pages from the Past and Archival Inventories / by Miriam Weiner in cooperation with the Ukrainian State Archives and the Moldovan National Archives. Secaucus, N.J.: Miriam Weiner Routes to Roots Foundation; New York,  N.Y.: YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, c1999. (The Jewish genealogy series) Reference Award
1998 Solomon ibn Gabirol : A Bibliography of his Poems in Translation / compiled and edited by Isaac Goldberg. Washington, D.C.: Word Works, 1998. Bibliography Award
1998 Guide to the YIVO Archives / compiled and edited by Fruma Mohrer and Marek Web. Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe, c1998. Reference Award
1997 American Jewish Liturgies : A Bibliography of American Jewish Liturgy from the Establishment of the Press in the Colonies through 1925 / Sharona R. Wachs; historical introduction, Karla Goldman; liturgical introduction, Eric L. Friedland. Cincinnati, OH : Hebrew Union College Press, 1997. (Bibliographica Judaica, ISSN 0067-6853; 14) Bibliography Award
1997 Jewish Women in America : An Historical Encyclopedia / edited by Paula E. Hyman and Deborah Dash Moore ; sponsored by the American Jewish Historical Society. New York: Routledge, 1997. Reference Award
1996 A Bibliography of Jewish Education in the United States / compiled and edited by Norman Drachler. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, in association with the American Jewish Archives, 1996. Bibliography Award
1996 A Dictionary of Jewish Surnames from the Kingdom of Poland / by Alexander Beider. Teaneck, NJ : Avotaynu, 1996. Reference Award
1995 Guide to Hebrew Manuscript Collections / by Benjamin Richler. Jerusalem: The Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities, 1994. Bibliography Award
1995 Jewish American Women Writers : A Bio-Bibliographical and Critical Sourcebook / Ann R. Shapiro, editor in chief; Sara R. Horowitz, advisory editor for fiction; Ellen Schiff, advisory editor for drama; Miriyam Glazer, advisory editor for poetry. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press, 1994. Reference Award
1995 Judaica Americana : An Annotated Bibliography of Publications from 1960-1990, by [the late] Nathan M. Kaganoff , preface by Jonathan Sarna. Brooklyn, New York: Carlson Publishing, Inc. 1995. Special Body-of-Work Citation
1994 Antisemitism : An Annotated Bibliography / Susan Sara Cohen, editor. New York: Garland Publishing, 1987-1994. 3 volumes. Bibliography Award
1994 The Concise Dictionary of American Jewish Biography / Jacob Rader Marcus, editor; Judith M. Daniels, associate editor. Brooklyn, N.Y.: Carlson Publishing, 1994. 2 volumes. Reference Award
1993 Yiddish Linguistics : A Multilingual Bibliography / by Joan G. Bratkowsky. New York: Garland Publishing, 1988. Bibliography Award
1993 Judaica Reference Sources: A Selective, Annotated Bibliographic Guide / Charles Cutter, Micha Falk Oppenheim. 2nd ed. Juneau, Alaska, USA : Denali Press, 1993. Reference Award (2 winners this year)
1993 The Encyclopedia of Jewish Prayer / by Macy Nulman. Northvale, N.J.: Jason Aronson, 1993. Reference Award (2 winners this year)
1992 Bibliography on Holocaust Literature / by Abraham J. Edelheit and Hershel Edelheit. Boulder: Westview Press, 1990-1993. 2 volumes. Bibliography Award
1992 Jewish-American History and Culture : An Encyclopedia / edited by Jack Fischel and Sanford Pinsker. New York: Garland Publishing, 1992. Reference Award
1991 Jewish American Fiction Writers : An Annotated Bibliography / by Gloria L. Cronin, Blaine H. Hall, Connie Lamb. New York: Garland Publishing, 1991. Bibliography Award
1991 Where Once We Walked: A Guide to the Jewish Communities Destroyed in the Holocaust / Gary Mokotoff and Sallyann Amdur Sack. Teaneck, NJ: Avotaynu, 1991. Reference Award
1990 Judaica Americana : A Bibliography of Publications to 1900 / compiled by Robert Singerman. New York: Greenwood Press, 1990. 2 volumes. Bibliography Award
1990 Encyclopedia of the Holocaust /Israel Gutman, editor in chief. New York: Macmillan Publishing Company, 1990. 4 volumes. Reference Award
1989 The Talmud = [Talmud Bavli] : The Steinsaltz Edition : A Reference Guide. 1st American ed. New York: Random House, c1989- Reference Award
1988 Yiddish Linguistics: A Multilingual Bibliography / Joan Gloria Bratkowsky. New York: Garland Pub., 1988. (Garland reference library of the humanities ; vol. 140) Reference Award
1987 A History and Guide to Judaic Encyclopedias and Lexicons / Shimeon Brisman. Cincinnati: Hebrew Union College Press, 1987. (Bibliographica Judaica; 11) Reference Award
1986 Leksikon fun Yidish-shraybers: Mit Hesofes un Tikunim tsum Leksikon fun der nayer Yidisher Literature, un 5,800 Psevdonimen / by Berl Kagan. New York: R. Ilman-Kohen, 1986. Reference Award
1984 Josephus and Modern Scholarship, 1937-1980 / Louis H. Feldman. Berlin; New York: W. de Gruyter, 1984. Reference Award