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Judaic Audio Lectures, Panel Discussions, Author Talks, Workshops & More

The AJL Podcast brings you the best talks on Jewish literature and the Jewish library world, with respected experts and popular authors. Please check back periodically, as new lectures will be added to the series.

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This session explores select 20th and 21st century American publications for laypeople dealing with the observance of Jewish dietary laws, while highlighting various formats, developments and concerns.

Presented by Tina Weiss at the 2013 AJL Conference in Houston, TX.

Posted in: RAS, SSC

The Broder singers (Yiddish: di Broder zinger) were the first professional, secular Yiddish performers, bringing Yiddish songs and short dramas into wine cellars, restaurants, and inns in Galicia, Romania and Russia, beginning in the mid-nineteenth century and later overlapping with the early Yiddish theater. The Broder repertoire was both serious and comic, influenced by Chasidism on one hand and haskole (enlightenment) on the other. This lecture explores the personalities behind this legendary movement, their performance styles, and the (often murky) provenance and content of their repertoire.

Presented by Amanda Seigel at the 2013 AJL Conference in Houston, TX.

Posted in: RAS, SSC

We're about community! In this day of digital everything, how do we entice people to come together instead of staying at home and watching a screen? Our synagogues, centers, schools, and libraries are the only places we can truly experience programs that provide opportunities to gather together, under one roof, in one place. Thanks to the digital age, much of this can be done on a shoe-string budget. Marilyn Hassid shares tips she has gained from her 30 years of experience producing hundreds of community arts programs for the entire Houston community through the JCC and other venues. Her presentation discusses current trends in adult and children's programming, how libraries might supplement (complement) what their related schools and institutions are currently doing, or how they might launch programming these schools and institutions should and could be doing.

 

Presented by Marilyn Hassid at the 2013 AJL Conference in Houston, TX.

Posted in: SSC

Bryan Stone and Rabbi Jimmy Kessler gave the Opening Plenary for the 2013 AJL conference in Houston, TX on June 17, 2013. They described the history of Jewish life in Texas through the lens of myth and misconception. When the first Jewish communities began to emerge in the 1850's, immigrants were attracted in part by a Texas mythology that emphasized individual freedom and economic opportunity. In the 20th century, Texas retained its appeal as a place of mythic opportunity, as the Galveston Movement illustrates. Even today, myths persist about Texas Jewry. The speakers provide evidence and anecdotes to show that Texas is, and has been for more than 150 years, the setting for a thriving, self-identified, and spiritually rich - if a somewhat distinctive - Jewish community.

 

Presented by Bryan Stone and Rabbi Jimmy Kessler at the 2013 AJL Conference in Houston, TX.

Posted in: RAS, SSC

The 2012 Sydney Taylor Book Award Committee introduced its award winning authors. Susan Goldman Rubin, gold medalist in the Older Readers Category, started off the session with a discussion of Music Was It: Young Leonard Bernstein. She was followed by Rob Sharenow, gold medalist in the Teen Readers Category, discussing The Berlin Boxing Club.

Presented at the 2012 AJL Conference in Pasadena, CA.

1 hr 1 min 58 sec

In this 150th year commemoration of the Civil War, Levin and Bermatt focus on such burning questions as which side Jews supported and how critical issues of this period impacted the Jews. They share the trials of Jews in the North and South and their contributions to this national watershed event.

Presented by Bea Levin and Suzanne Bermatt at the 2012 AJL Conference in Pasadena, CA.

46 min 04 sec

Posted in: RAS

A Jewish presence in China can be traced back to the Tang period in the 8th century. In modern history, the rise of anti-Semitism in Russia and Eastern Europe in early 19th century and the Holocaust propelled waves of Jews to North and South China. These historical events have been researched and updated by Jewish people ever since their gradual departure from China in the beginning of the 1950s. This presentation provides details on Chinese records of Jewish "guest dwelling" in China.

Presented by Teresa Sun at the 2012 AJL Conference in Pasadena, CA.

43 min 04 sec

Posted in: RAS

Representatives from the Israel and Judaica Section at the Library of Congress discuss developments in acquisitions and cataloging during the past year, and address questions submitted in advance by AJL members. The session includes a report by Joan Biella of LC and Heidi Lerner of Stanford University on progress in RDA implementation as it relates to Hebraica/Judaica cataloging.

Presented by Joan Biella, Marina Korenberg, Heidi Lerner, Gail Shirazi, Aaron Taub and Galina Teverovsky at the 2012 AJL Conference in Pasadena, CA.

1 hr 14 min 34 sec

Posted in: RAS

With intermarriage hovering at 50% and diminishing rates of Jewish affiliation, Jewish community leadership has been concerned about how to reach and engage young families while they are in the critical stage of exploring how they want to raise their children. Ms. Eisen shows how the JP Library, founded in 2005, helps address these issues  by offering the gift of free, high-quality Jewish books and music each month, sent directly to families' homes, making resources accessible for making Jewish choices and establishing Jewish connections.

Presented by Rosalie Eisen at the 2012 AJL Conference in Pasadena, CA.

36 min 14 sec

The Archivists' Toolkit, developed as a collaboration among several major research libraries and funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, was the first open-source application to provide comprehensive, integrated support for the functions of archives. Launched in 2006, it is currently used by a broad range of repositories to manage their archives and manuscript collections. Ms. Schwimmer discusses its particular value in small to mid-sized collections.

Presented by Deena Schwimmer at the 2012 AJL Conference in Pasadena, CA.

31 min 08 sec

Posted in: RAS

In July 2011, the American Sephardi Federation Library and Archives was awarded a NHPRC grant to conduct the first detailed survey of Sephardi-Mizrahi archival collections throughout the northeastern United States, the first step towards providing a comprehensive research portal for Sephardi/Mizrahi studies. The results of this survey will be published within a newly-created website to publicize this work in its historical context. Mr. Belinfante discusses the background, methodology, progress and future plans for this project.

Presented by Randall Belinfante at the 2012 AJL Conference in Pasadena, CA. 

29 min 20 sec

Posted in: RAS

Aimee Lurie, Chair of the Sydney Taylor Book Award committee, announces the 2013 winners during the AJL Midwinter Council meeting, January 2013 in Manhattan, NY.

10 min 15 sec

In the fast-changing world of e-books, how do you determine what the best product is for your school or institution and which vendors do you use? Three experienced librarians from the Los Angeles area will introduce youto some of the different publishers, vendors and platforms entering the e-book market and discuss the main questions to be considered as schools and institutions move forward into this volatile area.

Presented by Shannon Acedo, Cathy Leverkus and Lisa Silverman at the 2012 AJL Conference in Pasadena, CA.

1 hr 12 min 40 sec

Posted in: SSC

As part of its mission to serve the Jewish Studies scholarly community, JSTOR has engaged two initiatives to increase coverage of this field in the JSTOR archive. The first is to expand inclusion of Jewish Studies academic journals by including more international titles and expanding broad interdisciplinary coverage of the field. The second is to include periodicals in the Hebrew language. This second initiative was made possible in part through a grant-funded collaboration between JSTOR, the University of Haifa Library and the National Library of Israel, and began with a pilot project to digitize and test the complete back runs of four academic serials in Hebrew through the JSTOR platform, the first of its kind. Throughout the process, we have gained from the input and insights of library and faculty advisors in the Jewish scholarly community. Drawing on these two initiatives, JSTOR will soon launch a unique Jewish Studies collection, offering the full runs of key academic journals. Our intention over the coming years is to continue to build resources in this field to support research, teaching, and learning. we also seek to serve different communities of scholarship, from traditional higher education institutions to museums, theological seminaries and libraries. This presentation will report on findings learned through this pilot project on how readers of advanced Hebrew use digitized academic serials, provide an update on developing this resource to provide value to academic research libraries and other institutions, and invite librarians to participate in developing these resources further in JSTOR.

Presented by Toja Okoh at the 2012 AJL Conference in Pasadena, CA.

22 min 09 sec

Posted in: RAS

Increasingly, the day-to-day reality of current events in the Middle East is documented not in the pages of printed newspapers, but through Facebook postings, tweets, Smartphone photos, and other informal ephemera material. The UCLA Library received a $3.4 million grant to digitize, preserve, and provide broad public access to print items, images, multimedia, and social networking resources produced in the Middle East, to offer primary sources to students and scholars. Mr. Strong discusses the challenges and opportunities in working with new forms of social media and other primary sources in real time and with international partners including the National Library of Israel.

Presented by Gary Strong at the 2012 AJL Conference in Pasadena, CA.

23 min 45 sec

Posted in: RAS

In early November 2011, the Center for Jewish History held a gathering of academicians, librarians, and archivists, "From Access to Integration." At this two-day conference, the North American, European, and Israeli participants showcased a variety of digital projects, discussing avenues for a more coordinated way to share information about present and future digital initiatives. From June 4-6, 2012, the National Library of Israel hosted a meeting complementing the New York conference: "Curating and Cultivating Exchange: The First International Conference of Judacia Collection Curators." Mr. Baker provides firsthand impressions of both conferences.

Presented by Zachary Baker at the 2012 AJL Conference in Pasadena, CA.

26 min 10 sec

Posted in: RAS

Columbia's rare Judaica manuscript collection is the third largest in the United States, behind JTS and HUC, ranging from the 10th to the 20th century, from India to the Caribbean. Ms. Chesner gives a history of the collection, detail the stories found within it, and discuss ways they are promoting use and awareness of the collection.

Presented by Michelle Chesner at the 2012 AJL Conference in Pasadena, CA.

24 min 40 sec

Posted in: RAS

Ms. Berger describes a project to digitize the Yeshiva University Archives' cantorial manuscripts colleciton, which includes compositions by well-known cantors such as Zeidel Rovner, as well as working notebooks used by cantors in their positions in synagogues.

Presented by Shulamith Berger at the 2012 AJL Conference in Pasadena, CA.

30 min 26 sec

Posted in: RAS

Which children's books with significant Jewish content are among the winners of the two most important US awards for translated books? Goldsmith describes the Mildred L. Batchelder Award and the Outstanding International Books (OIB) List, analyzes editors' decision-making processes and discusses the modest number of winners with Jewish content. Findings from her dissertation research outlines editors' motivations for and barriers to publishing translations, as well as editors' awareness of helpful resources that are available to them.

Presented by Annette Goldsmith at the 2012 AJL Conference in Pasadena, CA.

42 min 13 sec

The Sydney Taylor Book Award is presented annually to outstanding books for children and teens that authentically portray the Jewish experience. The award memorializes Sydney Taylor, author of the classic All-of-a-Kind Family series.

Michael J. Rosen and Robert Sabuda, author and artist of Chanukah Lights, Susan Goldman Rubin, author of Music Was It: Young Leonard Bernstein, and Robert Sharenow, author of The Berlin Boxing Club, are the 2012 winners of the prestigious Sydney Taylor Book Award. The awards were announced at the mid-winter meeting of the Association of Jewish Libraries.

The winners were revealed at the 2012 council meeting of the Association of Jewish Libraries in January, 2012 in Manhattan, NY. Awards chair Barbara Bietz made the official announcement, and shared her thoughts on this year’s winners in this interview, originally recorded for The Book of Life at bookoflifepodcast.com and cross-posted here by permission.

Click here for the 2012 press release and full list of award, honor and notable books.

13 min 11 sec


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