The Association of Jewish Libraries is pleased to offer a combined academic scholarships with conference subvention. An academic scholarship of $1000 to a student enrolled or accepted in a graduate school of library and information science, in combination with a conference subvention award for attending the Association of Jewish Libraries annual conference. Free full conference registration is included.
Prospective candidates should have knowledge of and interest in Jewish studies, and demonstrate the potential, ability, and intention of pursuing a career in Judaica librarianship.
The Association of Jewish Libraries awards scholarships to promising students with a history of participating in Judaic studies or libraries and accepted into or attending an accredited graduate school of library and information science. This scholarship is merit-based rather than needs-based. AJL welcomes and highly encourages award recipients’ involvement in the organization through volunteer and mentorship opportunities. Awardees who attend the conference will additionally benefit from special programming geared toward first-time attendees and networking with librarians at all career stages and specializations.
Free full conference registration is included and encouraged. AJL membership is not required for eligibility.
AJL membership is not required for eligibility.
You must provide proof of acceptance for the next academic year or proof of current enrollment in one of the following:
An ALA accredited library school in the United States or Canada
An accredited library school in either the United Kingdom, Australia, or New Zealand
Graduate library school programs in Israel
Transcripts and/or letters on official letterhead, submitted via regular surface mail, will be accepted as documentation.
Completion of Jewish Studies courses at an academic level or
Extensive participation in less formal Jewish Studies or
Experience working in Judaica libraries or
Any combination of the above
A short statement of 200/300 words highlighting the extent of your participation in Judaic studies, in libraries, and other relevant experiences. Relate how you feel your involvement in such activities might be reflected in your future career in library and information science. The personal statement should be submitted through the application form.
An academic or professional letter of recommendation attesting to your academic interest in Judaica librarianship and/or your professional experience working in the (or related) field/s.
Please note that you may apply for this scholarship more than once but you may receive it only once during your graduate library school career.
Applying for an AJL Scholarship
Students who wish to apply for this scholarship and/or conference subvention should submit to the Scholarship co-chair by Thursday, May 4, 2023:
Complete online application or download application form to send via email to scholarship@
Documentation of acceptance or enrollment in one of the qualified graduate library school programs mentioned above. Transcripts and/or letters on official letterhead, submitted via email or uploaded via the online form.
Documentation of Jewish studies completed at an academic or less formal level or of experience working in Judaica libraries. Transcripts and/or letters on official letterhead, submitted via email or uploaded via the online form, will be accepted as documentation.
Personal statement as a Word, RTF, or PDF document, submitted via email or uploaded via the online form to the Scholarship co-chair.
Please submit a short statement (200/300 words) highlighting the extent of your participation in Judaic studies, in libraries, and other relevant experiences. Relate how you feel your involvement in such activities might be reflected in your future career in library and information science.
Submit application and supporting materials online or send via email to: scholarship@
FINAL DATE FOR SUBMITTING ALL ITEMS FOR CONSIDERATION: Thursday, May 4, 2023.
Contributing to the AJL Scholarship Fund
Contributions to the scholarship fund are gratefully accepted. If they are bestowed in someone’s honor or memory, a card will be sent to the individual or family.
Contributions may be made online at https://jewishlibraries.org/donation/ (specify Student Scholarship Fund) or by check sent to AJL at this address:
Association of Jewish Libraries
Attn: AJL Treasurer
|2022||Anna Kovler and Katherine Webber.|
|2019||Academic Scholarship – Hannah Srour Conference Subvention – Gail Robillard|
|2018||Canadian award – Katherine Gariepy-Saper Academic award – Elena Hoffenberg Conference subvention – Julie Botnick|
|2017||David Frankel Abigail Jane Lyon|
|2016||Sophie Friedman Emily Thompson|
|2015||Jemima Jarman Elissa Sperling|
|2014||Marci Bayer Ilya Slavutskiy|
|2013||Joanna Chen Alissa Felberman|
|2012||Rina Krautwirth Joyce Wortsman|
|2011||Meira Chefitz Rachel Bloch Shapiro|
|2010||Haim A. Gottschalk Rachel Isaac-Menard|
|2009||Alla Markova Klara Maidenberg|
|2008||Amanda (Miryem-Khaye) Seigel (Brooklyn, NY) Nachum Zitter (Doar Na Evtach, ISRAEL)|
|2007||Kimberly Guise (New Orleans, LA) Russel Neiss (Oceanside, NY)|
|2006||Jennifer Feldman (New York, NY) Ophir Kutner (Jerusalem)|
|2005||Shayna Rudolph (Hartford, CT) Patti Stein (Alameda, CA)|
|2004||Maria Mander (Albany, CA) Rivka Masry (Woodmere, NY)|
|2003||Laurie Adler (Woodmere, NY) Rivka Schiller (Chicago, IL)|
|2002||Tina Weiss (Valley Stream, NY)|
|2001||Edythe Rosenblatt (Brooklyn, NY)|
|2000||Leah Cohen (Montreal, Canada) Randy Belinfante (New York, NY) Sara Ravid (Newton, MA)|
|1999||Susan Grubman (Ann Arbor, MI)|
|1998||Julie B. Halpern (Ashland, MA)|
|1997||Aimee I. Kaplan (Bayside, NY)|
|1996||LynnD. Lampert (Los Angeles, CA) Stanley Nachamie (New York, NY)|
|1995||Yisrael Dubitsky (Staten Island, NY)|
|1994||Dr. Raphael Panitz (College Park, MD)|
|1993||Katrina Kolt (Malvern, Australia) Sharon Rotter (Brooklyn, NY)|
|1992||Wendy H. Gabay (Philadelphia, PA) Etta Gold (Miami, FL)|
|1991||Laurel Wolfson (Cincinnati, OH)|
|1989||Susan March (Los Angeles, CA)|