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AJS Gender Justice Caucus

About the AJS Gender Justice Caucus
Call for Nominations: Governing Board
Award for Mentorship
2022 Award Winners
Focus on Gender Equity in Publishing and Research

Founded in 1986, the AJS Gender Justice Caucus supports women and all marginalized genders in the profession and advances the study of gender and intersectionality within the Association for Jewish Studies and Jewish Studies. The Caucus welcomes people of all marginalized genders including women, trans people, non-binary people, intersex people, genderqueer people, and gender questioning people, and sexual orientations as members.

The Gender Justice Caucus sponsors sessions on gender, pedagogy, and other professional topics at the annual 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.

The Gender Justice Caucus holds an annual conference breakfast-time meeting, usually on Monday morning of the conference. Here, graduate students, independent scholars, contingent scholars, and 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 Gender Justice 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 Gender Justice Caucus at womenscaucus@associationforjewishstudies.org.


Call for Nominations

The Gender Justice Caucus of the AJS is soliciting nominations for the Governing Board.

Board members are expected to attend board meetings and general caucus meetings, to participate in conducting official business, to serve on award committees, and to support the work of the caucus. The board meets once per year in person (at the annual AJS meeting) and if needed throughout the year on Zoom.

Board membership is for a three year period, with possibility for renewal. Elected members will serve from February 2023 – December 2025.

Please consider nominating yourself or a colleague (with their approval) for any of the following positions. Current Board members are eligible serve as co-chair, secretary, and treasurer.

Co-chairs (2)

The co-chairs shall call and conduct meetings and board meetings of the organization

Oversee and facilitate the operations of the Gender Justice Caucus

Serve as spokespersons for the Caucus

Appoint chairs of committees

Submit a bi-monthly update for the AJS newsletter

Following completion of service as a co-chair an individual will serve one three-year term as an ex-officio member of the board.

Secretary (1)

Keep records of the board and caucus business including meeting minutes

Oversee social media and web updates

Treasurer (1)

Manage the financial resources of the caucus (in collaboration with the Association for Jewish Studies)

Work with the co-chairs to draw up an annual budget

Submit the annual financial report and budget to the board for approval

At-Large Board Members (4 positions open)

Attend meetings and participate in general workings of the Gender Justice Caucus

Serve on award committees

Support the work of the Gender Justice Caucus on an as needed basis

For nominations please submit a short statement and a CV to womenscaucus@associationforjewishstudies.org by January 30th. Please clarify your position of interest in the email subject.

All nominees must be members in good standing of the AJS and the AJS Gender Justice Caucus.


2022 AJS Gender Justice Caucus Award for Mentorship

The deadline for nominations has passed.

The Gender Justice 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 womenscaucus@associationforjewishstudies.org. The Award for Mentorship Committee will notify the winners prior to the conference and they will be honored at the Gender Justice Caucus breakfast.

Please note that applicants for all awards are expected to be members of the Gender Justice Caucus in good standing.


2022 Award Winners

Gender Justice 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)


Focus on Gender Equity in Publishing and Research

To help draw attention to this issue, we are sharing a number of 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

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