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AJS News

The E-Newsletter of the Association for Jewish Studies

Published Ten Times a Year
Amy WeissManaging Editor

AJS News is the e-newsletter of the Association for Jewish Studies. It is emailed to the AJS membership, which includes more than 2200 professors and graduate students of Jewish Studies, as well as non-members who are interested in keeping up with news in Jewish Studies.

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AJS News welcomes announcements about members' special accomplishments, such as book awards, national fellowships and scholarships, teaching awards, election to national/international academic societies, and new appointments and promotions. Unfortunately, we do not have space to post announcements about publications or conference presentations.

Articles from Past Issues

May 2018: Productivity and Work-Life Balance

[Full newsletter]

Productivity and Work-Life Balance

»  "Death-Life Balance," Sam Brody
»  "Technology on Your Side," Amy Weiss


June 2017: How I Spent My Summer Vacation

[Full newsletter]

Summer R & R: Revise and Resubmit and/or Rest and Relaxation

»  "Academic Summer's Double-Edged Sword," Kirsten Fermaglich
»  "College Forever?," Shari Rabin
»  "How I Spent My Summer Vacation," Jeffrey Veidlinger


May 2017: New Directions

[Full newsletter]

New Directions for the Association for Jewish Studies

»  "From the Executive Director," Warren Hoffman
»  "From the President," Pamela S. Nadell


March 2017: Jewish Studies Chairs

[Full newsletter]

Advice for Jewish Studies Department and Program Chairs: Three Perspectives

»  "Dealing with Your Dean," Judith R. Baskin
»  "Graduate School Did Not Teach Me How to Run a Department," Pamela S. Nadell
»  "Building A Vibrant Program at an Under-Funded State University," Ranen Omer-Sherman


January 2017: Jewish Studies in Europe

[Full newsletter]

Jewish Studies' Relationship to the Humanities: Three Perspectives from Europee

»  "Survival Strategies: What the Field of Jewish Studies Can Teach the Humanities," Robin Nobel
»  "E Pluribus Unum? The Real-Life Challenges of Multidisciplinarity in European Jewish Studies Today," François Guesnet
»  "Jewish Studies in Germany," Markus Krah


December 2016: The Conference Issue

[Full newsletter]

The Best in Jewish Films and How to Teach Them," Olga Gershenson


October 2016: Contingent Faculty Issue

[Full newsletter]

Integrating Contingent Faculty into Jewish Studies Departments

» "Non-Tenure-Track Faculty: A Brief History in Data," Shelly Tenenbaum
» "On Contingent Faculty: The Institutional Perspective," Jeffrey Shoulson
» "Supporting Contingent Faculty: Concrete Suggestions," Shira Kohn


September 2016: Innovations in Pedagogy

[Full newsletter]

Innovations in Jewish Studies Pedagogy

»  "Pedagogy and Disruption," Lori Hope Lefkovitz
»  "Teaching with Footprints: Integrating Digital Humanities Projects into Our Courses," Marjorie Lehman
»  "Using Social and Digital Media in the Classroom," Amy Weiss
»  "MOOCs and Jewish Studies: A Match Made in Digital Heaven," Barry Scott Wimpfheimer


July 2016: Summer Research Issue

[Full newsletter]

Archivists' Suggestions for Productive Summer Research

»  "Tips for Archival Summer Research," Tanya Elder
»  "YIVO Photo and Film Archive Collections and Services," Vital Zajka
»  "Archival Research at the American Jewish Archives," Kevin Proffitt

"Our Vision for AJS Review," Carol Bakhos and Adam Shear


May 2016: The Retirement Issue

[Full newsletter]

Deaccessioning Books in Retirement: What to Do with Your Office Library?

»  "The Challenges of Shrinking My Library," Todd Endelman
»  "Of Deaccessioning Books There Is No End," Anne Lapidus Lerner


March 2016: The Library Issue

[Full newsletter]

Jewish Studies Scholarship and Library Resources: Two Librarians Offer Advice

»  "On the Myriad Capacities of a University Librarian," Michelle Chesner
»  "Information Literacy and Jewish Studies," Zachary M. Baker

"Genre-Bending Writing Assignments," Shayna Sheinfeld


December 2015: Getting Published

Publishing in the Field of Jewish Studies: Three Editors Weigh In

»  "How Not to Get Published," Dee Mortensen, Editorial Director, Indiana University Press
»  "What Potential Authors Should Know about Publishing," Jennifer Hammer, Senior Editor, New York University Press
»  "Publishing Advice," Heather Gold, Assistant Editor, Yale University Press


December 2015: The Conference Issue

Navigating the AJS Conference: Four Members Give Advice

»  "Advice to Myself," Lila Corwin Berman
»  "Getting the Most out of the AJS Conference," Joshua Furman
»  "You'll Fit Right In," Josh Lambert
»  "Making the Most of AJS," Geoff Levin

"The Film Program at AJS Evolves," Olga Gershenson


October 2015: Careers Beyond Academia

Careers beyond Academia: Two Perspectives

»  "Five Lessons for Jewish Studies PhDs Who Are Contemplating Working Outside of Academia (and Specifically in Philanthropy)," Felicia Herman
»  "Career Paths Beyond the Academy," Christopher Barthel

Report on Survey of Jewish Studies Profession

"Do Academic Talks Have to be Boring?" Ilana Abramovitch


August 2015: The Summer Issue

"Making the Most of Summer," Laura Leibman

Pedagogy Highlight:

»  "Teaching the History of Zionism and Israel," Daniel P. Kotzin

2015 Appointments in Jewish Studies


February 2015: Trends in the Field

"Whither Jewish Studies?The 2014 AJS Survey of the Field," Jonathan Sarna


November 2014: The Pedagogy Issue

The Introduction to Judaism Course: Three Perspectives

»  "Introduction to How I Understand Judaism," Sarah Bunin Benor
»  "Teaching Introduction to Judaism," Xandy Frisch
»  "Ask Big Questions," Noam Pianko


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