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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
Director of Membership and Conference Content


Michelle (she/her) is the Director of Membership & Conference Content at the AJS, where she primarily manages individual and institutional memberships, member and technical support, and the content sessions at the AJS’ annual conferences. She serves as an ex-officio member of the Program Committee and served on the Member Engagement Task Force. She previously held the role of Membership & Database Manager. For her work with the AJS, Michelle was named one of the Association Forum’s Forty Under 40 in 2020. Immediately prior to joining the AJS in 2017, she was the Assistant Administrative Director at the Society for the Advancement of Judaism. Michelle earned a Certificate in Jewish Leadership at Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership, completed MA coursework in Judaic Studies at New York University, and received her BA in Sociology & a Certificate in Jewish & Israel Studies from Wesleyan University. Michelle is also both an award-winning non-profit volunteer and an award-winning poet. In her spare time, you can catch her volunteering with Gotham Roller Derby, and dancing, stitching, and modeling. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, Robert.

Karin Kugel

Karin Kugel
Managing Editor, AJS Perspectives
Website Manager


Karin Kugel works on the production of AJS’s magazine, website, and conference publications and signage. Karin received her BA from Brandeis University and is currently continuing her program of lifelong learning on Martha's Vineyard, where she resides with her husband and performs with him in their contemporary classical music duo Daykah.

Amy Ronek

Amy Ronek
Director of Marketing and Communications


Amy Ronek works to effectively share the AJS mission, vision, and scholarship with AJS members and the general public. She is a communications and marketing professional with extensive experience working with not-for-profit, academic, and professional membership institutions. Amy received her master’s degree in Communication Studies from the University of Kansas.


Heather Turk
Director of Events and Operations


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 Professional Development Manager


Amy Weiss is the Grants and Professional Development Manager at the AJS. She received her Ph.D. from the departments of Hebrew & Judaic Studies and History at New York University. When she’s not overseeing the AJS’s fellowship programs, Dr. Weiss is also assistant professor of Judaic Studies and History at the University of Hartford, where she also holds the Maurice Greenberg Chair of Judaic Studies.