We Invite You to Serve AJL on a Committee
AJL is a vibrant volunteer-run non-profit organization that relies on its members’ energy and enthusiasm. We have 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.
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.
Contact Chair: Paula Breger
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.
Contact Chair: Haim Gottschalk
AJL presents a member annually with the Fanny Goldstein Merit Award, named for the librarian, social activist and founder of National Jewish Book Month. It is bestowed in recognition of loyal and ongoing contributions to the Association and to the profession of Jewish librarianship.
AJL publishes a quarterly online journal, AJL News & Reviews, sharing organizational news and reviews of new Judaic books and other materials. A team of editors and a large cadre of volunteer reviewers provides content, and members are welcome to submit articles in consultation with the general editor.
Contact Chair: Sally Stiegletz
The Public Relations/Communications Committee oversees the dissemination of PR materials and coordinates with the individuals who manage AJL’s website and social media accounts.
Contact Chair: Paula Breger
The RAS Cataloging Committee educates members on new policies or procedures affecting Judaica cataloging and metadata and acts as a liaison with the Policy and Standards Division (PSD) of the Library of Congress on issues affecting Judaica cataloging, including subject problems raised by RAS Division members.
Contact Chair: Neil Frau-Cortes
AJL’s RAS Division recognizes the best reference books and bibliographies each year, to encourage increased publication of outstanding materials. The AJL Judaica Reference Award is funded by Dr. Greta Silver of New York, and the AJL Judaica Bibliography Award is funded by Eric Chaim Kline of Los Angeles.
Contact Chair: Anna Levia
The Sydney Taylor Manuscript Award committee judges unpublished Jewish manuscripts for middle grade readers, to encourage authors to create their best work and to encourage publishers to accept well-written manuscripts. The award is funded by Jo Taylor Marshall, daughter of Sydney Taylor.
Contact Chair: Aileen Grossberg