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2019 Board Nominations & Board Member Expectations

Dear AJS members,

We are looking for 6 new individuals to join the AJS Board.

Serving on the AJS Board is a rewarding experience, enabling those members who care deeply about the field of Jewish Studies and our organization, to play a key role in shaping the direction of the AJS. At the same time, serving on the Board is a tremendous responsibility as Board members assume legal fiduciary responsibility for the organization as well as policy-making responsibilities. While serving on the Board is not an onerous task, it is a serious commitment.

As our Nominations committee, led by Magda Teter, begins the process of assembling a slate of candidates culled from nominations, we want to provide a little more information about the expectations of AJS Board Members. Board members are expected to:

1) Provide fiduciary oversight of the organization including reviewing the budget, determining how AJS reserves will be spent, and monitoring income and expenses on a broad level.

2) Help the AJS fulfill its mission in a manner that is both fiscally responsible and consistent with the organization’s core values

3) Vote on key resolutions and policies

4) Set the strategic plan and path for the organization

5) Attend two board meetings a year, one at the annual conference in December (including staying on the Wednesday after the conference ends) and another meeting in late May/early June. Board members are expected to cover the cost of attending the December meeting, but will be provided with limited stipends based on their distance from the AJS New York offices to help with the cost of attending the spring meeting. Other meetings, when needed, to vote on time-sensitive issues or to address pressing matters will be held virtually.

6) Assist with fundraising for the organization including making a gift of any size to the AJS (there is no minimum required to sit on the Board), as well as to assist the Executive Director with fundraising initiatives, outreach, and strategy.

This year, as in previous years, the nominating committee will be crafting a slate of six individuals that aims to capture the diversity of our members including rank, geographic location, gender, and field of academic study. For the first time, AJS members will be invited to vote on the slate of candidates online in advance of the conference instead of at the annual meeting.

Should you have any questions about board expectations or serving on the board, please reach out to one of the Nominating Committee members listed below.

  •  Magda Teter (Fordham University), Chair

  •  Mara Benjamin (Mt. Holyoke College)

  •  Sarah Bunin Benor (HUC-JIR)

  •  Lila Corwin Berman (Temple University)

  •  Joshua Teplitsky (Stony Brook University)

  •  Barry Wimpfheimer (Northwestern University)