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Jordan Schnitzer First Book Publication Awards

Made possible by funding from Jordan Schnitzer through the Harold & Arlene Schnitzer Family Fund of the Oregon Jewish Community Foundation, the Association for Jewish Studies is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2023 Jordan Schnitzer First Book Publication Awards.

This program is designed for current AJS member authors who already have secured publishing contracts but who require subventions to ensure publication of their first books. The AJS grants five awards of $5,000 each, payable directly to the press on behalf of the author. A multidisciplinary committee of scholars evaluate applications. In deciding how to allocate these funds, the committee considers both the scholarly significance of the book and the demonstrated need for subvention support. AJS members in all research disciplines are eligible.

2023 Recipients

Esther Brownsmith, Three Biblical Metaphors of Women as Food: The Cutlet, the Dumpling, and the Vine

Rachel Feldman, Messianic Zionism in the Digital Age: Jews, Noahides, and the Third Temple Imaginary

Yaniv Feller, The Jewish Imperial Imagination: Leo Baeck and German Jewish Thought

Rachel Gordan, Postwar Stories: How Judaism Became an American Religion

Miriam Mora, Carrying a Big Schtick: American Jewish Acculturation and Masculinity in the Twentieth Century

Joseph Skloot, First Impressions: Sefer Ḥasidim and Early Modern Hebrew Printing

2023 Qualifications

Applicants must be AJS members for the current 2022 membership year (running from January through December 2022).

Subventions will only be awarded for individually authored first books (multiple authored books are ineligible; an applicant who has already published an edited collection will not be disqualified).

Only manuscripts written in English are eligible.

In the view of the selection committee, manuscripts should make a substantial scholarly contribution to Jewish Studies.

2023 Application Instructions

A complete application includes:

1. Application Form (on Interfolio)

2. CV

3. A book proposal, including a description of the book project, chapter summaries, methods used, and information about the book’s relationship to the field and the academic and/or public market.

4. A budget delineating the subvention support requested; the budget should list any other subvention awards to which the author plans to apply.

5. Two sample chapters, ideally one which includes the book’s introduction.

6. Copy of the provisional book contract

The deadline to apply has passed.


For questions or further information, contact Amy Weiss, Senior Grants and Professional Development Manager, at

2022-2023 Jordan Schnitzer First Book Publication Awards

2023 Jordan Schnitzer First Book Publication Award Recipients
2022 Jordan Schnitzer First Book Publication Award Recipients