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Fanny Goldstein Merit Award

Fanny Goldstein Merit Award

With the advice of the AJL Board and Council, the Fanny Goldstein Merit Award Committee selects AJL members to be honored at the annual conference.

The Fanny Goldstein Merit Award, named for the librarian, social activist and founder of National Jewish Book Month, is bestowed in recognition of loyal and ongoing contributions to the Association and to the profession of Jewish librarianship.

Born on May 15, 1895 [some sources say 1888], Fanny Goldstein devoted her life to books and community. She was the first female Judaica librarian and the first woman to direct a branch library in Massachusetts, where she was head of Boston’s West End Branch for many years. A prominent figure in the Boston Jewish community, she is best known as the founder of Jewish Book Week, which began when Goldstein organized a display of Jewish books at the Boston Public Library in 1925.

Year Recipient
2021
Rachel Kamin
2020
Zachary Baker
2019
Elliot H. Gertel
2018
James Rosenbloom
2017
Aviva Astinsky and David Gilner
2016
Heidi Rabinowitz Estrin
2015
Joy Kingsolver
2014
Amalia Warshenbrot
2012
Sylvia Fischen (deceased)
2011
Etta D. Gold
2010
Ronda Rose
2009
No Award Given
2008
Fred Isaac
2007
Ellen G. Cole
2006
No Award Given
2005
Libby K. White
2004
Linda R. Silver
2003
Cheryl Banks, Nancy Sack
2002
Joseph Galron
2001
Susan Dubin
2000
Frances Wolf
1995
Sylvia Avner (deceased), Lillian Schwartz
1994
Adaire J. Klein
1993
Edith Lubetski
1992
Bella Hass Weinberg, Marcia Posner, Irene Levin-Wixman (deceased), Hazel Karp, Barbara Y. Leff