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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

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

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

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

AJS at 40
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

Strategic Plan

AJS’s first formal strategic planning process began in the fall of 2012 culminating with the development and approval of a strategic plan in June 2013.

Read the AJS's Strategic Plan