Association for Jewish Studies
Founded in 1969 by a small group of scholars, the Association for Jewish Studies has developed into the major professional organization for Jewish studies in North America; to a significant degree, it serves as a unifying force for the field as a whole. As a constituent organization of the American Council of Learned Societies, it represents the field in the larger arena of the academic study of the humanities and social sciences in the United States. With more than 1600 members, the AJS provides an intellectual forum for university faculty, graduate students, independent scholars, museum and related professionals, and others. Its annual meeting sponsors nearly one hundred sessions and caucuses on a wide variety of topics in the field of Jewish studies. Its major scholarly publication, the AJS Review, presents contributions from scholars throughout the world on diverse themes and time periods, as well as reviews of recently published books. Through its Positions Bulletin, the AJS also disseminates information about academic and related positions in Jewish studies. The inaugural issue of AJS Perspectives, its revitalized and expanded newsletter, appeared in the fall of 1999, with news and commentary on issues and events in the profession and field of Jewish studies.