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Association of Jewish Libraries (AJL): The Leading Authority on Judaic Librarianship


We would like to invite all scholars of Jewish studies to KNOW YOUR LIBRARIAN

Know your librarian! Many academic institutions with a Jewish studies program also have librarians who specialize in collecting and providing access to Judaic books and electronic resources.

Many of us publish resource guides for specific topics (LibGuides), such as this Jewish Studies guide from Columbia University’s Michelle Margolis Chesner and even for specific courses, such as Rachel Greenblatt’s guide for “Jewish Feminisms,” taught by Lisa Fishbayne Joffe at Brandeis University. In a real-time conversation, we can help guide you to the resources best suited to your specific needs. 

Know the literature! Judaica Librarianship is an academic peer-reviewed journal featuring articles on the history of Jewish books, libraries, cataloging and more.

Judaica Librarianship is now open-access: check out articles on primary sources and open data in Jewish Studies, the papers of a Sephardic-American writer, teaching with primary sources, and more! 

Join AJL: AJS members receive a $10 discount on individual AJL membership. Join here, using discount code AJSAJL22. Benefits include access to members-only events and recordings, and so much more!

Below, you’ll find a list of Judaica librarians at several leading academic institutions. 

Don’t have a Jewish Studies librarian at your institution? Coming soon from AJL: a pilot program to provide reference support to scholars of Jewish Studies worldwide.

Know the resources! Academic librarians are eager to assist in teaching you and your students how to utilize the most innovative scholarship and sources in all platforms, from early manuscripts to the most cutting-edge databases.

Jewish Studies Reference Librarians at Select Institutions

This list is specifically meant to help you, scholars of Jewish Studies, find librarians at your own institution. We do not intend that you use this list to contact reference librarians at other institutions, unless, of course, you are looking for material held by that institution specifically. Don’t see your institution? Email Rachel Greenblatt (AJL-AJS liaison) to see if there is a local Judaica librarian in your university! (The list that follows is in no way comprehensive, was constructed on the basis of an opt-in questionnaire, and no attempt has been made to include all Judaica reference librarians in North America.)

We at AJL are, simultaneously, getting ready to launch a pilot program that would allow AJS members who are not at institutions that have their own Judaica librarian to submit questions to an AJL reference service. More information about that pilot will be forthcoming. 

Alliance israélite universelle (Paris, France)
Jean-Claude Kuperminc

Brandeis University
Rachel Greenblatt, Judaica Librarian

Columbia University
Michelle Margolis Chesner,
Norman E. Alexander Librarian for Jewish Studies

Duke University
Rachel Ariel,
Librarian for Jewish Studies

George Washington University
Shmuel Ben-Gad,
Judaic Studies Librarian

Huntington Library
Gabriel Angulo,
Project Cataloger for Rare Materials

JTS (Jewish Theological Seminary)
Deborah Schranz

The New York Public Library
Cathy Sorokurs, Librarian, Dorot Jewish Division

The Ohio State University
Joseph Galron-Goldschlager
614-292-3362 ; 614-805-9954

Princeton University
David Hollander, Librarian for Judaic Studies and Hebrew

Touro College
Ella Berenstein, Librarian
David B. Levy, Chief Librarian, Lander College for Women

Towson University
Elaine Mael, Cataloging Librarian/Jewish Studies Librarian

Diane Mizrachi
Librarian for Social Sciences, Jewish and Israel Studies

University of Florida
Rebecca J. W. Jefferson, Librarian for Social Sciences, Jewish and Israel Studies

University of Maryland
Yelena Luckert, Director, Research, Teaching and Learning, Librarian for Jewish Studies

Contact information available through the University of Maryland Libraries

University of Michigan
Gabriel Mordoch, Associate Librarian, Irving M. Hermelin Curator of Judaica

The University of Texas at Austin Libraries
Uri Kolodney,
Hebrew, Jewish, and Israel Studies Librarian

University of Toronto
Nadav Sharon, Judaica Librarian

Yale University
Konstanze H. Kunst, Joseph and Ceil Mazer Librarian for Judaic Studies

Yeshiva University
Beren Campus (Midtown Manhattan)
Hedi Steinberg Library
Elinor Grumet, Reference & Instruction Librarian

Rina Krautwirth, Reference and Instruction Librarian
646- 592-4984

Hindishe Lee, Reference and Instruction Librarian
646 592 4986

Edith Lubetski, Head Librarian

Wilf Campus (Morningside Heights, NY)
Archives and Special Collections
Shulamith Berger, Curator of Special Collections

Deena Schwimmer, Archivist

Mendel Gottesman Library of Hebraica/Judaica
Zvi Erenyi, Collection Development and Reference Librarian

Moshe Schapiro, Reference Librarian

Tina Weiss, Head Librarian of Hebraica-Judaica


**Once again, don’t see your institution? Email Rachel Greenblatt (AJL-AJS liaison) to see if there is a local Judaica librarian in your university!** 

See you online, or in the stacks!