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Association for Jewish Studies Inc

New York, NY   |  www.associationforjewishstudies.org

Mission

The AJS’s mission is to advance research and teaching in Jewish Studies at colleges, universities, and other institutions of higher learning, and to foster greater understanding of Jewish Studies scholarship among the wider public.

Ruling year info

1971

Executive Director

Dr. Warren Hoffman

Main address

15 W. 16th St.

New York, NY 10011 USA

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EIN

23-7078939

NTEE code info

Professional Societies, Associations (A03)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Association for Jewish Studies, the world's largest Jewish Studies membership organization, aims to serve and support its members' careers and professional development in the world of Jewish studies, both within academia and outside of the academy. The organization also aims to share its members' work with the wider public to foster greater understanding and appreciation of Jewish Studies scholarship.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

AJS Annual Conference

The Annual Conference of the Association for Jewish Studies in the largest annual international gathering of Jewish Studies scholars in the world. With more than 1100 attendees, over 190 sessions, a major book exhibit of leading publishers, cultural programming, and gala banquet, the AJS annual conference provides a unique opportunity to share ideas and explore the world of Jewish Studies scholarship.

Population(s) Served
Academics

The AJS sends some of its top scholars out to universities and communal organizations around the U.S. and Canada to give talks on a number of topics.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The AJS awards on average 7 $20,000 dissertations completion fellowships each year to PhD candidates who are in their final years of writing.

Population(s) Served
Academics

The AJS provides grants to its members, mainly grad students and untenured faculty members, to help them attend the annual conference.

Population(s) Served
Academics

Where we work

Our results

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How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of conference attendees

This metric is no longer tracked.
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Population(s) Served

Academics

Related Program

AJS Annual Conference

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Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total number of organization members

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Population(s) Served

Academics

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Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of external speaking requests for members of the organization

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Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Distinguished Lectureship Program

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Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

These numbers reflect the number of speakers who give talks as part of our Distinguished Lectureship Program each year. (2017 saw a dip in talks as there were some major staffing changes that year.)

Number of grants received

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Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of multi-year grants received

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Population(s) Served

Academics

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Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of Facebook followers

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Increasing

Number of academic scholarships awarded

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Population(s) Served

Academics

Related Program

Dissertation Completion Fellowships

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total number of grants awarded

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Population(s) Served

Academics

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Numbers reflect our Jordan Schnitzer Book Awards, AJS Conference Travel Grants, and Dissertation Completion Fellowships

Number of new donors

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Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of overall donors

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Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

While the number of donors has shrunk a bit, the overall size of donations has gone up.

Total dollars received in contributions

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Increasing

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our organization aims to:

1) provide Jewish Studies scholars, teachers, students, and professionals with the highest level of support in their professional aspirations.
2) address a changing landscape in academia, including issues affecting contingent faculty and a decline in the number of tenure-track jobs.
3) serve as the leading site and organization to disseminate Jewish Studies scholarship and research to the wider public through a range of programs and initiatives.

AJS'S MAJOR PROGRAMS AND PROJECTS INCLUDE:
» an annual scholarly conference, featuring more than 180 sessions

» a peer-reviewed scholarly journal, AJS Review, published by Cambridge University Press

» a biannual magazine, AJS Perspectives, that explores methodological and pedagogical issues

» Positions in Jewish Studies, the most comprehensive listing of Jewish Studies job opportunities

» Resources in Jewish Studies: grant opportunities, professional development resources, and teaching and research tools

» the Jordan Schnitzer Book Awards, which recognize outstanding research in the field

» Fellowships and Grants for dissertation completion and conference travel grants

» Webinar series, which cover a range of professional development, research and teaching topics, open to all AJS members

» the Distinguished Lectureship Program, which connects organizations with distinguished lecturers in the field of Jewish Studies

»a public-facing podcast series, Adventures in Jewish Studies

The Association for Jewish Studies has existed for 50 years and in that time has grown into a professionally run nonprofit with a staff of six and a board of 27 individuals. The organization has the leadership, organizational structure, and financial resources to assess and address the myriad of issues affecting its members. A constituent members of the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS), the organization works to model best practices in academia and serve as a leading resource for its individual and institutional members in the area of Jewish Studies.

The organization is currently celebrating its 50th anniversary and has achieved a great deal, particularly in the last 15 years. Under the previous executive director, Rona Sheramy, the association became a more established professional nonprofit organization with staff, secure funding, and operating procedures. Under the leadership of the organization's new executive director, Warren Hoffman, the AJS has continued further down its path of professionalization and exemplary service to its members. Achievements of the recent past include:

1) a new website for members and the public to provide greater access to resources in the field of Jewish Studies
2) a new conference registration fee structure to make the annual conference more accessible to as many members as possible, especially grad students and contingent faculty
3) rebranding of the organization to provide the AJS with a unified look and message across all its platforms
4) the establishment of four task forces (Sexual Misconduct, Professional Development, Membership Engagement, and Diversity and Inclusion) to meet the changing needs of our members and the field
5) the creation of a new public-facing podcast and other public programs to better engage the wider public with what the association and its members do.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Association for Jewish Studies Inc

Board of directors
as of 01/18/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dr. Laura Leibman

Reed College

Term: 2023 - 2025

Chaya Halberstam

King's University

Laura Leibman

Reed College

Jeffrey Shoulson

University of Connecticut

Ari Ariel

University of Iowa

Judith Liwerant-Bokser

UNAM

Sara Ronis

St. Mary's College

Judith Rosenbaum

Jewish Women's Archive

Max Strassfeld

University of Arizona

Joshua Teplitsky

StonyBrook University

Alyssa Gray

HUC

James Loeffler

University of Virginia

Christine Hayes

Yale University

Lisa Leff

American University

Helen Kim

Whitman College

Jonathan Judaken

Rhodes College

Adam Mendelsohn

University of South Africa

Lilach Rosenberg

Bar-Ilan University

Lila Corwin-Berman

Temple University

Joel Berkowitz

Univ. of WI-Milwaukee

Ari Y. Kelman

Stanford University

Susannah Heschel

Dartmouth College

Allison Joseph

Posen Foundation

Monique Balbuena

University of Oregon

Abigail Meyer

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Krista Dalton

Kenyon College

Kirsten Fermaglich

Michigan State University

Laura Limonic

Old Westbury College

Michael Satlow

Brown University

Federica Schoeman

University of South Carolina

Lauren Strauss

American University

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/25/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/25/2022

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Data
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.