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AJS Honors Its Authors

AJS 52nd Annual Conference
Monday, December 14, 2020

Sponsored by the Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature

The Association for Jewish Studies and the Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature would like to celebrate your new book!

In coordination with the AJS, the Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature invites the AJS membership to present their 2020 books virtually at the 52nd Annual AJS Conference. To register your book, complete the online registration form by October 13, 2020. There will be NO submissions accepted after this date.

Books will be listed in a dedicated catalog online. Your book will appear in alphabetical order by author. This year, in addition to the catalog, we welcome each author to make a 30-second pitch video and participate in a Q&A Monday, December 14 currently scheduled for 9:30 AM EST, more details to follow in the fall.

We look forward to virtually greeting you at the Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature Booth.

The Association for Jewish Studies and the Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature are not responsible for the loss or damage of any book submitted for this program.

2019 Books by AJS Members


The New Jewish American Literary Studies
Victoria Aarons
Cambridge University Press

Holocaust Graphic Narratives: Generation, Trauma, and Memory
Victoria Aarons
Rutgers University Press

New Directions in Jewish American and Holocaust Literatures: Reading and Teaching
Victoria Aarons and Holli Levitsky
, Editors
SUNY Press

Possessed Voices: Aural Remains from Modernist Hebrew Theater
Ruthie Abeliovich
SUNY Press

Reading Israel, Reading America: The Politics of Translation between Jews
Omri Asscher
Stanford University Press

Jewish-Christian Dialogues on Scripture in Late Antiquity: Heretic Narratives of the Babylonian Talmud
Michal Bar Asher Siegal
Cambridge University Press

Plague in the Early Modern World: A Documentary History
Dean Phillip Bell
, Editor

Legacy of Blood Jews, Pogroms and Ritual Murder in the Lands of the Soviets
Elissa Bemporad
Oxford University Press

Identity and Territory Jewish Perceptions of Space in Antiquity
Eyal Ben-Eliyahu
University of California Press

Tradition, Interpretation, and Change Developments in the Liturgy of Medieval and Early Modern Ashkenaz
Kenneth E. Berger
Hebrew Union College Press

Connecting Histories Jews and Their Others in Early Modern Europe
Francesca Bregoli and David B. Ruderman
, Editors
University of Pennsylvania Press

Polish Literature and the Holocaust Eyewitness Testimonies, 1942-1947
Rachel F. Brenner
Northwestern University Press

Gastronomic Judaism as Culinary Midrash
Jonathan Brumberg-Kraus
Lexington Books

The Posen Library of Jewish Culture and Civilization, Volume 6
Elisheva Carlebach
, Editor of Volume 6
Deborah Dash Moore, Editor-in-Chief of The Posen Library of Jewish Culture and Civilization
Yale University Press

Caribbean Jewish Crossings Literary History and Creative Practice
Sarah Phillips Casteel and Heidi Kaufman
, Editors
University of Virginia Press

An Archive of the Catastrophe The Unused Footage of Claude Lanzmann’s Shoah
Jennifer Cazenave
SUNY Press

Lethal Provocation: The Constantine Murders and the Politics of French Algeria
Joshua Cole
Cornell University Press

American Jewish Year Book 2018: The Annual Record of the North American Jewish Communities Since 1899
Arnold Dashefsky and Ira M. Sheskin, Editors

Tehran Children: A Holocaust Refugee Odyssey
Mikhal Dekel
WW Norton

Birthright Poems
Erika Dreifus
Kelsay Books

Jews and Muslims in South Asia: Reflections on Difference, Religion and Race
Yulia Egorova
Oxford University Press

Yitz Greenberg and Modern Orthodoxy: The Road Not Taken
Adam Ferziger, Miri Freud-Kandel and Steven Bayme
, Editors
Academic Studies Press

Like a Dark Rabbi: Modern Poetry and the Jewish Literary Imagination
Norman Finkelstein
Hebrew Union College Press

Jews and Non-Jews after the Shoah: Encounters in Germany [in German]
Stefanie Fischer, Stefanie Schüler-Springorum and Nathanael Riemer
, Editors
De Gruyter Oldenbourg

Jews and Judaism in the Rabbinic Era Image and Reality - History and Historiography
Isaiah M. Gafni
Mohr Siebeck

Imagining Judeo-Christian America Religion, Secularism, and the Redefinition of Democracy
K. Healan Gaston
University of Chicago Press

The Scholems: A Story of the German-Jewish Bourgeoisie from Emancipation to Destruction
Jay Howard Geller
Cornell University Press

Perfect Goodness and the God of the Jews A Contemporary Jewish Theology
Jerome Yehuda Gellman
Academic Studies Press

Second Slayings: The Binding of Isaac and the Formation of Jewish Memory
David N. Gottlieb
Gorgias Press

Charity in Rabbinic Judaism Atonement, Rewards, and Righteousness
Alyssa M. Gray

Power and Progress Joseph Ibn Kaspi and the Meaning of History
Alexander Green
SUNY Press

Classic Essays in Biblical History
Frederick E. Greenspahn and Peter Machinist, Editors

The JDC at 100: A Century of Humanitarianism
Atina Grossmann, Linda G. Levi, Maud Mandel, and Avinoam Patt
, Editors
Wayne State University Press

Hebrew Gothic History and the Poetics of Persecution
Karen Grumberg
Indiana University Press

The Holocaust in Bohemia and Moravia: Czech Initiatives, German Policies, Jewish Responses
Wolf Gruner
Alex Skinner
, trans.
Berghahn Books New York

Jacob & Esau: Jewish European History Between Nation and Empire
Malachi Haim Hacohen
Cambridge University Press

Social Justice and Israel/Palestine: Foundational and Contemporary Debates
Aaron J. Hahn Tapper and Mira Sucharov
, Editors
University of Toronto Press

The Jews in Italy Their Contribution to the Development and Diffusion of Jewish Heritage
Yaron Harel and Mauro Perani
, Editors
Academic Studies Press

Teaching the Arab-Israeli Conflict
Rachel S. Harris
Wayne State University Press

Polacos in Argentina: Polish Jews, Interwar Migration, and the Emergence of Transatlantic Jewish Culture
Mariusz Kałczewiak
Alabama University Press

Boycott: Echeverría's Lawsuit with Israel [in Spanish]
Ariela Katz Gugenheim
Ediciones Cal y Arena & Universidad Iberoamericana

Horace Kallen Confronts America: Jewish Identity, Science, and Secularism
Matthew J. Kaufman
Syracuse University Press

Diary of a Lonely Girl or the Battle against Free Love
Jessica Kirzane
Miriam Karpilove
, trans.
Syracuse University Press

Heresy, Forgery, Novelty Condemning, Denying, and Asserting Innovation in Ancient Judaism
Jonathan Klawans
Oxford University Press

Borderland Generation Soviet and Polish Jews Under Hitler
Jeffrey Koerber
Syracuse University Press

The Jews’ Indian Colonialism, Pluralism, and Belonging in America
David S. Koffman
Rutgers University Press

Kabbalah Research in the Wissenschaft des Judentums (1820–1880) The Foundation of an Academic Discipline
George Y. Kohler
De Gruyter Oldenbourg

Jewish Veganism and Vegetarianism Studies and New Directions
Jacob Ari Labendz and Shmuly Yanklowitz
, Editors
SUNY Press

Life and Love in Nazi Prague Letters from an Occupied City
Jan Lanicek
, Editor
Kate Ottevanger, trans.

Theological Encounters at a Crossroads: An Edition and Translation of Judah Hadassi’s Eshkol ha-kofer, First Commandment, and Studies of the Book’s Judaeo-Arabic and Byzantine Contexts
Daniel J. Lasker, Johannes Niehoff-Panagiotidis, and David Sklare

Colonial Justice and the Jews of Venetian Crete
Rena N. Lauer
University of Pennsylvania Press

Rashi’s Commentary on the Torah Canonization and Resistance in the Reception of a Jewish Classic
Eric Lawee
Oxford University Press

Zionism and Melancholy: The Short Life of Israel Zarchi
Nitzan Lebovic
Indiana University Press

Feuchtwanger and Judaism: History, Imagination, Exile
Paul F. Lerner and Frank Stern, Editors
Peter Lang

Beyond Jewish Identity Rethinking Concepts and Imagining Alternatives
Jon A. Levisohn and Ari Y. Kelman, Editors
Academic Studies Press

The Book of Sarah
Sarah Lightman
Penn State University Press

Kugel and Frijoles Latino Jews in the United States
Laura Limonic
Wayne State University Press

Piety and Rebellion Essays in Hasidism
Shaul Magid
Academic Studies Press

Masada: From Jewish Revolt to Modern Myth
Jodi Magness
Princeton University Press

Be-Ron Yaḥad: Studies in Jewish Thought and Theology in Honor of Nehemia Polen
Ariel Evan Mayse and Avraham Yizhak Green
, Editors
Academic Studies Press

From Mesopotamia to the Mishnah: Tannaitic Inheritance Law in Its Legal and Social Contexts
Jonathan S. Milgram
Academic Studies

Jewish Bodylore: Feminist and Queer Ethnographies of Folk Practices
Amy K. Milligan
Lexington Books

Captivity is Harder than All [in Hebrew]
Sagit Mor
HaKibbutz HaMeuchad

Rewriting Masculinity Gideon, Men, and Might
Kelly J. Murphy
Oxford University Press

America’s Jewish Women: A History from Colonial Times to Today
Pamela S. Nadell
WW Norton

A Jewish Refugee in New York: The Journal of Rivke Zilberg
Anita Norich
Indiana University Press

In This Hour: Heschel’s Writings in Nazi Germany and London Exile
Abraham Joshua Heschel

Helen Plotkin, Editor
Forward by Susannah Heschel
Stephen Lehrmann and Marion Faber, trans.
The Jewish Publication Society

Bitter Reckoning: Israel Tries Holocaust Survivors as Nazi Collaborators
Dan Porat
Harvard University Press — Belknap Press

The Rise of the Modern Yiddish Theater
Alyssa Quint
Indiana University Press

Loaded Blessings
Faith M. Quintero

How the Bible Is Written
Gary A. Rendsburg

The Hasidic Jews of Montreal [in French]
Ira Robinson and Pierre Anctil, Editors
Presses de l’Universite de Montreal

Voices from the Warsaw Ghetto Writing Our History
David G. Roskies
, Editor
Yale University Press

Social Vision The Lubavitcher Rebbe’s Transformative Paradigm for the World
Eli Rubin, Philip Wexler, and Michael Wexler
, Co-Authors
Herder & Herder

The Story of Dinah: Rape and Rape Myth in Jewish Tradition
Gavi S. Ruit
Lexington Books/Fortress Academic

Lebanon’s Jewish Community: Fragments of Lives Arrested
Franck F. Salameh

The Spiritual Transformation of Jews Who Become Orthodox
Roberta G. Sands
SUNY Press

American Judaism: A History - Second Edition
Jonathan D. Sarna
Yale University Press

Cosella Wayne: Or, Will and Destiny
Jonathan D. Sarna
, Editor
University Of Alabama Press

Jewish Studies and Israel Studies in the 21st Century: Intersections and Prospects
Carsten Schapkow and Klaus Hödl
, Editors 
Lexington Books

Thinking in Translation: Scripture and Redemption in the Thought of Franz Rosenzweig
Orr Scharf
De Gruyter

Josephus in Modern Jewish Culture
Andrea Schatz

Ghetto: The History of a Word
Daniel B. Schwartz
Harvard University Press

Spinoza’s Challenge to Jewish Thought: Writings on His Life, Philosophy, and Legacy
Daniel B. Schwartz
Brandeis University Press

Under Quarantine: Immigrants and Disease at Israel’s Gate
Rhona Seidelman
Rutgers University Press

Maimonides’ Guide of the Perplexed in Translation: A History from the Thirteenth Century to the Twentieth
Yonatan Shemesh, Josef Stern and James T. Robinson
, Editors
The University of Chicago Press

The Decline of the Left-Wing in Israel: Yossi Beilin and the Politics of the Peace Process
Avi Shilon
I. B. Tauris

Holocaust Memory and Racism in the Postwar World
Gilbert Shirli and Avril Alba, Editors
Wayne State University Press

A Russian Immigrant: Three Novellas
Maxim D. Shrayer
Academic Studies Press

Remembering Rohatyn and its Environs: First Person Accounts. An 800-year-old Town. Centuries of Jewish Life
Donia Gold Shwarzstein
Meyer Shwarzstein

A Rainbow Thread: An Anthology of Queer Jewish Texts from the First Century to 1969
Noam Sienna
Print-O-Craft Press

American JewBu: Jews, Buddhists, and Religious Change
Emily Sigalow
Princeton University Press

Holocaust Representations in History: An Introduction
Lisa Silverman, Daniel H. Magilow
, Co-Authors

Sing This at My Funeral: A Memoir of Fathers and Sons
David Slucki
Wayne State University Press

The Yiddish Historians and the Struggle for a Jewish History of the Holocaust
Mark L. Smith
Wayne State University Press

Jewish Emancipation: A History across Five Centuries
David Sorkin
Princeton University Press

Public Influence A Guide to Op-Ed Writing and Social Media Engagement
Mira Sucharov
University of Toronto Press

The Mechanics of Providence The Workings of Ancient Jewish Magic and Mysticism
Michael D. Swartz
Mohr Siebeck

Prince of the Press: How One Collector Built History’s Most Enduring and Remarkable Jewish Library
Joshua Teplitsky
Yale University Press

Bialik’s Body and Soul: Desire, Zionism, Poetry [in Hebrew]
Hamutal Tsamir
HaKibbutz HaMeuchad

Now: Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liady and Temporality
Wojciech Tworek
SUNY Press

Simone Luzzatto: Discourse on the State of the Jews, Bilingual Edition
Giuseppe Veltri and Anna Lissa
, Editors
De Gruyter

Simone Luzzatto: Socrates, or on Human Knowledge, Bilingual Edition
Giuseppe Veltri and Michela Torbidoni
, Editors
De Gruyter

Sceptical Paths: Enquiry and Doubt from Antiquity to the Present
Giuseppe Veltri, Racheli Haliva and Stephan Schmid
, Editors
De Gruyter

The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: What Everyone Needs to Know
Dov Waxman
Oxford University Press

The Politics of American Jews
Herbert F. Weisberg
University of Michigan Press

Jews and Muslims in Contemporary Spain: Redefining National Boundaries
Martina L. Weisz
De Gruyter Oldenbourg

Beyond the Instant: Jewish Wisdom for Lasting Happiness in a Fast-Paced, Social Media World
Mark N. Wildes
Skyhorse Publishing

Fighting for Dignity: Migrant Lives at Israel’s Margins
Sarah S. Willen
University of Pennsylvania Press

The Hasidic Moses: A Chapter in the History of Jewish Interpretation
Aryeh J. Wineman
Wipf and Stock, Pickwick Publications

Impure Migration: Jews and Sex Work in Golden Age Argentina
Mir Yarfitz
Rutgers University Press

Waste Not: A Jewish Environmental Ethic
Tanhum S. Yoreh
SUNY Press

Arab-Palestinian Society in the Israeli Political System: Integration Versus Segregation in the Twenty-First Century
Rami Zeedan
Lexington Books

Desert in the Promised Land
Yael Zerubavel
Stanford University Press

New Perspectives on Jewish Cultural History: Boundaries, Experiences, and Sensemaking
Maja Gildin Zuckerman and Jakob Egholm Feldt
, Editors