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Why donate to the Association for Jewish Studies?

As the largest professional organization in this interdisciplinary field, AJS has supported research, teaching, and scholarship in Jewish Studies since it was founded in 1969. Our publications, annual meetings, and other initiatives ensure that AJS leads the field, maintains professional standards, and supports our scholars and students in their work. Contributions to the AJS@50 Fund celebrate our accomplishments of our first fifty years and guarantee excellence for the next half-century.

The Association for Jewish Studies is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Your donations may be tax deductible as a charitable contribution.

Your Gift Supports

AJS Conference Travel Grant Fund

Sponsor travel grants to support presentations by scholars at AJS 49th Annual Conference, December 17 - 19, 2017 at the Marriott Marquis Washington, DC. Travel grants may be subject specific, or open to all accepted presenters. Priority goes to scholars who receive little to no institutional support for conference travel.

AJS Conference Childcare Fund

Subsidize the cost of on-site childcare for scholars presenting at the AJS 49th Annual Conference, December 17 - 19, 2017 at the Marriott Marquis Washington, DC.

What Donors Say

I choose to donate to the AJS because as the premier Jewish Studies professional organization, it serves the field in numerous and crucial ways. … For all scholars in Jewish Studies, whether they are at the senior level or just beginning their careers, the AJS is indispensable and I remain eternally grateful to it for all the good it does.

— John M. Efron, Koret Professor of Jewish History, University of California-Berkeley

At this stage in my career, AJS gives me the chance to discover young, talented scholars and the newest frontiers of research. I also have the privilege of paying it forward both figuratively and literally, by mentoring others as well as by contributing financially to help ensure AJS's future.

— Dr. Shuly Rubin Schwartz, Irving Lehrman Research Associate Professor of American Jewish History, and Walter and Sarah Schlesinger Dean of Graduate and Undergraduate Studies, the Jewish Theological Seminary

I believe in both giving back and giving forward.  When I donate to AJS, I acknowledge the key role it has played in my scholarly career, from graduate school days onward. … I not only want to thank AJS for all this; I also want to enable future generations of scholars to have similar opportunities to help grow the Jewish Studies community and transform the field. 

— Jeffrey Shandler, Chair, Department of Jewish Studies, Rutgers University, past president, Association for Jewish Studies