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AJL 2020 Conference Update #4

Due to the COVID-19 virus, the in-person conference has been canceled and a new virtual conference is being designed.


Your AJL Conference Update

by Marcie Eskin & Rachel Kamin

February 19, 2020

Announcing the 2020 Feinstein Lecture:

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Description automatically generatedDr. Malka Z. Simkovich will deliver the annual Feinstein Lecture during lunch on Wednesday, July 1 at 12:15pm at the Annual Conference of the Association of Jewish Libraries in Evanston, IL. She is the Crown-Ryan Chair of Jewish Studies and the director of the Catholic-Jewish Studies program at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. She earned a doctoral degree in Second Temple and Rabbinic Judaism from Brandeis University and a Masters degree in Hebrew Bible from Harvard University. Her first book, The Making of Jewish Universalism: From Exile to Alexandria was published in 2016, and her second book, Discovering Second Temple Literature: The Scriptures and Stories That Shaped Early Judaism, was published in 2018 and received the 2019 AJL Judaica Reference Honor Award. Simkovich’s articles have been published in the Harvard Theological Review and the Journal for the Study of Judaism, as well as on online forums such as The Lehrhaus and the Times of Israel. Her third book, a co-authored commentary on Zechariah, is forthcoming in 2021, and she is currently working on a book regarding Jewish concepts of diaspora in the Greco-Roman period.


About the Feinstein Lecture:

Logo for AJL 2020 conference in EvanstonThe Association of Jewish Libraries received a grant from the Foundation for Jewish Culture (FJC) given by the Myer and Rosalind Feinstein Family to fund an annual lecture. Lectures on Judaic bibliography and librarianship were delivered at the annual conferences from 1996-2010. The FJC is no longer active, but it left AJL with monies to continue these lectures. The Feinstein Lecture resumed at the 2019 AJL Conference and will continue to encourage and inspire Judaica librarians at future conferences. 


To read previous weekly conference updates, go to the 55TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2020 page of the AJL website and scroll down to the “Documents” section.


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