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AJS Women's Caucus

About the AJS Women's Caucus
Award for Mentorship
2022 Award Winners
Focus on Gender Equity in Publishing and Research

Founded in 1986, the AJS Women's Caucus supports women in the profession and advances the study of gender within the Association for Jewish Studies and Jewish Studies. The Caucus welcomes people of all gender identities and sexual orientations as members.

The Women's Caucus sponsors sessions on gender, pedagogy, and other professional topics at the yearly AJS conference.

We offer a number of competitive grants such as book subventions, paper prizes, a mentoring program for emerging woman scholars, and travel grants for graduate students.

The Caucus also publishes gender-inclusive and women's studies syllabi in Jewish Studies on its website.

The Women’s Caucus holds an annual conference breakfast-time meeting, usually on Monday morning of the conference. Here, graduate students, junior and senior scholars meet, network, and share recently published work in gender as well as information on relevant conferences and fellowships.


Established at a time when feminist concerns and scholarship on gender were marginalized within the field of Jewish Studies, the Women's Caucus has brought these issues to greater prominence within the Association for Jewish Studies and the larger scholarly community.

Co-chairs: Laura Limonic and Melissa Weininger

For more information, email the Women's Caucus at

2022 AJS Women’s Caucus Award for Mentorship

Nominations due November 28th

The Women’s Caucus has always promoted mentorship. We are delighted that this will be the fourth year of being able to offer an award that recognizes outstanding service in the profession through mentorship of women scholars in Jewish Studies. Please submit a 1-2 page letter nominating a mentor who has made a significant contribution to the professional success of women in Jewish Studies.

Nomination documents should be electronically submitted as email attachments to The Award for Mentorship Committee will notify the winners prior to the conference and they will be honored at the Women’s Caucus breakfast.

Please note that applicants for all awards are expected to be members of the Women’s Caucus in good standing.

2022 Award Winners

Women’s Caucus Prize for Innovative Scholarship in Gender and Jewish Studies

Hannah Greene, for her paper, “Laboring to Belong: Gendered Capital, Credit, and Cache in American Jews’ Volunteer Immigration Work”

Cashmere Subvention Grants

Laura Yares, Jewish Sunday Schools: Teaching Religion in Nineteenth-Century America, (NYU Press)

Ronnie Greenberg, Write Like a Man: Jewish Masculinity and the New York Intellectuals (under contract with Princeton University Press)

Women’s Caucus News

March 23, 2021 Statement

This year the AJS Women's Caucus is focusing on gender equity in publishing and research. To help draw your attention to this issue, we are sharing a number of recent online pieces, including a series published by Feminist Studies in Religion on “manels,” “manthologies,” and the failure to include women scholars in academic ventures. Many of these pieces have been written by women in Jewish Studies.

See the series by Michal Raucher for Feminist Studies in Religion:

Mara Benjamin “On the Uses of Academic Privilege (@theTable 'Manthologies)"
Feminist Studies in Religion 27 May, 2019  

Michal Raucher “Even the Allies Are Misogynist (@theTable: 'Manthologies')
Feminist Studies in Religion May 28, 2019

Alison Joseph “It’s Not that Easy: On the Challenges Facing an Editor”
Feminist Studies in Religion May 29, 2019

Sarah Imhoff “404 Women Not Found Error"
Feminist Studies in Religion May 30, 2019

Kecia Ali “No Manthology Is an Island” 
Feminist Studies in Religion June 4, 2019

Susanna Heschel “Women in Jewish Studies: Conversations from the Periphery” 
Feminist Studies in Religion May 31, 2019

and also:

Robert Cargill “The Gender Divide
Biblical Archeology Society May 24, 2019