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AJS Mission & History


AJS’s mission is to advance research and teaching in Jewish Studies at colleges, universities, and other institutions of higher learning, and to foster greater understanding of Jewish Studies scholarship among the wider public.

History of the Association for Jewish Studies

The Association for Jewish Studies: A Brief History (2008) (PDF)
Kristen Loveland (AJS)

Association for Jewish Studies 50th Anniversary Video (2018)

Association for Jewish Studies 50th Anniversary Survey Report (2018) (PDF)

Jewish Studies in North American Colleges and Universities: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow (PDF)
Judith Baskin (University of Oregon)
This article originally appeared in Shofar 32, no. 4 (2014) and is provided courtesy of Purdue University Press.

AJS at 40: Poster Display of the Organization's History
In December 2008, the AJS celebrated its 40th Annual Conference with a Plenary Session reflecting on the founding of the AJS and the field of Jewish Studies.

AJS@40 Poster