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Special Events


Plenary with Dr. Maud Mandel

Sunday, December 16, 2:30 pm – 4 pm

The 2018 plenary lecture will be delivered by incoming President of Williams College, Maud Mandel, and will take place on Sunday afternoon, in an earlier and dedicated time slot. We hope that this new time slot will make it possible for many more members to participate. The plenary will also include the announcement of the 2018 Jordan Schnitzer Book Awards and special programming to mark this anniversary occasion. A coffee break will precede the plenary lecture.

AJS 50 and Forward Party

Sunday, December 16, 6 pm – 7:30 pm

Featuring music and light food, the AJS 50 and Forward party will take place on Sunday evening in lieu of the gala dinner. The cost of the party is included in your conference registration fee, but we do ask that when you register for the conference, you RSVP for the party using the party registration link.

Everyone who registers/RSVPs in advance of the conference will receive one free drink at the party!


Jewish Cultural Walking Tour of Boston

Monday, December 17, 9:30 am – 1 pm

Meet in lobby at 9:30am, estimated time back at hotel, pending T, is around 1pm. $30

From the lobby, guide will take guests to the T. Tour participants must buy a T ticket. The tour will officially start after the T ride.

Tour must have 16 people by October 12 to run.

Tour will not end at the hotel.  Guests are responsible for their travel back to the hotel.

Highlights include*:

  • The Milk Street Café - a Kosher cafe
  • The Famine Memorial
  • Home of The Jewish Advocate
  • The Jewish "Back Side" of Beacon Hill
  • The West End House
  • Puffer House Cigar-Rolling Factory
  • The Holocaust Memorial
  • Boston's Immigrant Arrival Area - the North End

*Subject to change as needed.

AJS Honors Its Authors Exhibit Hall Coffee Break

Monday, December 17, Exhibit Hall

Sponsored by Jewish Book Council Sami Rohr Prize

Join us in celebrating AJS members who have published books in 2018. Open to all conference registrants.


Yiddish Book Center Tour

Wednesday, December 19, 9 am – 4 pm

Meet in hotel lobby at 9 am; the ride to the Yiddish Book Center is about an hour and forty minutes. $60 (does not include lunch)

On the 90 minute guided tour of the Yiddish Book Center’s exhibits visitors will discover the whole of Yiddish literature; learn about the Yiddish language; encounter the stories of three immigrant families told through words, pictures, and artifacts; experience the world of rural Jews in 1912–1914; glimpse life in the American Jewish home; explore a Yiddish print shop; watch classic Yiddish film clips; listen to vintage Yiddish radio; see permanent and visiting exhibits, and more.

The Center was founded to rescue Yiddish books—in the process, also rescuing a literature and culture that had been in danger of disappearing. The Yiddish Book Center is a recipient of the National Medal for Museums and Libraries, the nation’s highest honor conferred on museums and libraries.

Visitors will have 30 minutes after the tour to explore on their own and then an hour to purchase and eat lunch off-site, a 5 minute walk.

NOTE: This tour will only run with 21 or more attendees. Registrations are not refundable (except in the event of tour cancellation by AJS), but are transferable.

Estimated Schedule: 

9 am
Meet hotel lobby

11 am
Tour of Yiddish Book Center

12:30 pm
Tour ends, individuals explore Center

1 pm
Leave for lunch

2 pm
Leave for hotel

4 pm
Arrive back at Sheraton Boston

Writing Beyond the Academy

Wednesday, December 19, 9 am – 4 pm, Sheraton Boston Hotel

$50 includes (kosher) lunch (Seating limited)

NOTE: Writing Beyond the Academy is reserved for AJS members who have obtained a PhD.

This day-long program, led by Columbia University School of Journalism professor, Sam Freedman, will offer participants a number of strategies, tips, and exercises on how to translate their work from an academic landscape to the wider public in a number of formats (op-ed, book proposal, personal essay, etc). Additional guest speakers may be added at a later date. Click here to see what previous participants said about the week-long version of the program:

All refunds after November 15 will be charged a $20.00 processing fee.