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New Arts & Culture Community Grants, Member News & More!

Thursday, January 31, 2019  
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We may have sub-zero temperatures on the East Coast right now, but that isn't stopping us from introducing a second new grant program in 2019 - Arts and Culture Community Grants. We are also accepting applications for our new Subvention Program for First Books, and preparing for February events, including an online workshop, DC happy hour, and DLP lectures. Our members have been busy as well - including one nominated for a Grammy!


AJS Introduces Arts and Culture Community Grant Competition

The Association for Jewish Studies is pleased to announce its Arts and Culture Community Grant Competition. This program offers matching grants of $5,000 to support public programming in 2019-2020. Three $5,000 matching grants are available, with community sponsors contributing $2,500 for a total of $7,500 per project.

These grants will enable local communities to present projects that combine cultural programming with a scholarly component, with the goal of stimulating Jewish Studies programming growth in communities around the United States.

The lead applicant for each project must be a current AJS member, and the organization or department must engage Jewish Studies scholarship and/or scholars in a meaningful way.

The letter of intent deadline is March 1.

Learn more about the Arts & Culture Grants


AJS Subvention Program for First Books
Deadline: March 15

The AJS Subvention Program for First Books is designed for current AJS member authors who have already secured publishing contracts but require subvention to ensure publication of their first book. A limited number of awards of up to $3,000 each are available. AJS members in all research disciplines are encouraged to apply.

Apply for Subvention Grant


Washington, DC Happy Hour
February 12 ● 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm EST

Join your fellow Association for Jewish Studies members and AJS Executive Director Warren Hoffman in Washington, DC for a happy hour event at the Marriott Marquis Dignitary Bar.


Designing Site-Specific Curricula:
An Online Workshop for Small Jewish Studies Programs
February 5 ● 2:00 pm EST

The field of Jewish Studies has expanded tremendously, but time and resources are limited – especially in Jewish Studies programs with relatively few faculty members. What courses should we teach? Which ones should we require? What do we want our students to learn?

This workshop will provide an opportunity to discuss the challenges and opportunities associated with crafting program-level learning outcomes, major/minor requirements, and undergraduate course offerings.

David Freidenreich, who directs the Jewish Studies program at Colby College, will facilitate the conversation.


Distinguished Lectureship Series: Upcoming Lectures

Wednesday, February 20
Antisemitism in America: Now and Then
Pamela Nadell
University of South Florida College of Arts & Sciences

Wednesday, February 27
History of Holocaust Memorialization
David Shneer
Western Washington University's Ray Wolpow Institute and Department of History

Host a Distinguished Lectureship Program event at your institution: There is still availability for Spring and Summer 2019, and we're scheduling the 2019-2020 academic year now.

Schedule a Lecture


Member News

Malgorzata Bakalarz-Duverger
named Director of Academic Programs, Center for Jewish History

Anna Shternshis
nominated for a Grammy Award
Read the whole story from JTA now.

Tell us about your accomplishments and let us share them with the AJS membership! Have a new job? Received a promotion? Won an award? Awarded a fellowship? We want to know! Share your triumphs and accomplishments with the AJS - and let us share them with the rest of the AJS members.

Tell us about your accomplishments!