The Association for Jewish Studies is a learned society and professional organization whose 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.
This broad interdisciplinary field of inquiry examines Jews, their cultures, and civilizations across time and space.
With more than 1900 individual members and over 70 institutional members, the AJS provides an intellectual forum for university faculty, graduate students, independent scholars, museum and related professionals, and all those interested in the scholarly field of Jewish Studies.
With 1,200+ attendees, over 190 sessions, a major exhibit hall with leading publishers, cultural programming, and a 51st Anniversary Party, the AJS Conference is the largest annual gathering of Jewish Studies scholars in the world.
Publications of the AJS are leading forums for exploring Jewish Studies scholarship and critical issues in Jewish studies methodology and pedagogy: its peer-reviewed scholarly journal AJS Review, its magazine AJS Perspectives, and its e-newsletter AJS News.
The AJS's Public Programs include its Distinguished Lectureship Program, connecting you with distinguished lecturers in the field of Jewish Studies. Enrich your next program with one of over 300 lectures, which cover the breadth of Jewish history, religion, politics, and culture.
Beginning in Fall 2019, Charles A. McDonald will join Rice University as the Samuel W. and Goldye Marian Spain Postdoctoral Fellow in the Program in Jewish Studies.