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Association for Jewish Studies
15 West 16th Street
New York, NY 10011-6301

Phone: 917 606-8249
Fax: 917 606-8222

Office Hours:

Monday to Thursday, 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.
Friday, 9:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M.

AJS Staff


Warren Hoffman, Ph.D.
Executive Director


Warren Hoffman is the Executive Director of the Association for Jewish Studies. Previously, he was the Associate Director of the Center of Jewish Life and Learning at Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, and he also served over five years as the Senior Director of Programming at the Gershman Y where he innovated numerous new programs and was named the "next wave" of Jewish culture by the Jewish Exponent. In the world of theater, Warren was the literary manager and dramaturg for Philadelphia Theatre Company where he researched and developed multiple world premieres by writers including Terrence McNally, Chris Durang, and Bill Irwin. In New York, Hoffman was the Associate Artistic Director of Jewish Repertory Theatre and was a writer and reviewer for where he covered the Off-Broadway and cabaret scene. In addition to working in the theater community, Hoffman holds a Ph.D. in American Literature from the University of California-Santa Cruz. He earned rave reviews for his book The Passing Game: Queering Jewish American Culture published by Syracuse University Press. His most recent book is The Great White Way: Race and the Broadway Musical. Warren is also a playwright and his most recent play The Black Slot was produced in Chicago in 2016.

Michelle Katz

Michelle Katz
Membership and Database Manager


Michelle handles Membership and Database related inquiries and projects for the AJS. She has extensive experience optimizing database usage for membership organizations, most recently as the Assistant Administrative Director at the Society for the Advancement of Judaism. Michelle received her BA from Wesleyan University and completed her MA coursework in Judaic Studies at New York University. A native New Yorker, she now lives in Brooklyn with her partner, Robert, and their cat, Stella.


Ilana Abramovitch, Ph.D.
Conference Program Associate


Ilana Abramovitch is Conference Program Associate at AJS, available to answer your questions and guide you through the program aspects of the conference. She has taught at Hofstra University, NYU, Brooklyn College and the Borough of Manhattan Community College and was Manager of Curriculum at the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust. Ilana was also co-editor of Jews of Brooklyn and author of various academic and popular articles.

Karin Kugel

Karin Kugel
Managing Editor, AJS Perspectives; Conference Program Book Designer; Website Manager




Heather Turk
Director of Events


Heather’s main focus is to ensure your conference experience is seamless and memorable. She has worked in the conference and event industry for nearly fifteen years. An alumni of The George Washington University, she lives in Manhattan with her husband and two children.


Amy Weiss, Ph.D.
Grants and Communications Coordinator


Amy Weiss is the Grants and Communications Coordinator at AJS. She received her Ph.D. from the departments of Hebrew & Judaic Studies and History at New York University. When she’s not overseeing AJS’s fellowship programs and serving as the managing editor for AJS News, Dr. Weiss is also the Director of the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education at the College of Saint Elizabeth.

AJS would like to thank the Center for Jewish History for hosting our offices.