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Welcome to Friends of the AJS, a society for the public and lovers of Jewish history and culture to learn about and support the field of Jewish Studies.

What is the Association for Jewish Studies?

The Association for Jewish Studies is the largest professional organization of Jewish Studies professionals in the world, and the official face of the field of Jewish Studies within North America and beyond. Its 2,000 members teach at colleges, universities, and secondary schools; work in libraries, cultural organizations, and Jewish communal organizations; and publish articles, books, and research that move Jewish Studies forward. Through their work, they impact tens of thousands of students all over the world and influence the public with books, op-eds, and other research. From Yiddish to Ladino, Hebrew to Arabic; from the ancient Near East to Medieval Spain to modernIsrael and post-millennial America; from linguistics to literature, history to the social sciences, Bible to Kafka: members of the AJS produce new scholarship in all of these diverse fields and areas. Nourishing a breadth of approaches to Jewish cultures, histories, languages, and religion, the AJS shapes community conversations and fosters initiatives that take Jewish Studies far beyond the university campus.

How can I learn more about Friends of the AJS?

Sign up for our FREE quarterly e-newsletter where you will learn about exciting scholarship and projects in the field of Jewish Studies from the AJS’s podcast series Adventures in Jewish Studies to our Arts and Community programs to new books in the field of Jewish Studies.

How can I support the AJS and Jewish Studies?

We’re glad you asked! While the AJS receives membership dues and conference registration fees that help support some of its programs, with your support we can grow our programs and help more members, whether providing younger members with career support and professional development opportunities, funding dissertation fellowships to tomorrow’s promising scholars, or offering new platforms like our podcast series to share our work with the wider public.

For $100, you can become a SUPPORTER of the AJS.

Join as a Supporter

In addition to the quarterly newsletter, you’ll receive:

• a print subscription to AJS Perspectives, the biannual magazine of the AJS that looks at some of the most compelling issues facing Jewish Studies today

• an official Friends of the AJS coffee mug

• 10% discount on AJS online courses

• 10% discount off of our non-member rate to our annual conference Dec 19-21, 2021

(Tax-deductible amount is $43)

For $500, you can become a BENEFACTOR of the AJS.

Join as a Benefactor

In addition to the quarterly newsletter, you’ll receive: 

• a print subscription to AJS Perspectives, the biannual magazine of the AJS that looks at some of the most compelling issues facing Jewish Studies today

• an official Friends of the AJS coffee mug

• Free access to an AJS Academy online course of your choosing + 10% off additional courses

• FREE registration to the 2021 AJS Annual Conference Dec. 19-21, 2021

(Tax-deductible amount is $0)