THE JORDAN SCHNITZER BOOK AWARDS

The Jordan Schnitzer Book Awards are the first annual book award program to be offered by the Association for Jewish Studies, made possible by funding from the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation of Portland, Oregon. These awards recognize and promote outstanding scholarship in the field of Jewish Studies and honor scholars whose work embodies the best in the field: rigorous research, theoretical sophistication, innovative methodology, and excellent writing. The awards are structured to recognize all areas of Jewish Studies research, paying tribute to both the breadth and depth of AJS members' scholarship.

Launched in 2008, the AJS awarded two $5,000 Jordan Schnitzer Book Awards on an annual basis. Since 2012, the AJS The categories rotate over a two-year cycle, for a total of eight categories. Each winner will receive $10,000 and each finalist $2,000. The eight categories are:

  • Philosophy and Jewish Thought
  • Biblical Studies, Rabbinics, and Jewish History and Culture in Antiquity
  • Jewish Literature and Linguistics
  • Medieval and Early Modern Jewish History
  • Modern Jewish History—Americas, Africa, Asia, and Oceania
  • Social Science, Anthropology, and Folklore
  • Jews and the Arts (visual, performance, music)
  • Modern Jewish History—European & Israel

2018 Jordan Schnitzer Book Awards

The submission deadline for the 2018 Jordan Schnitzer Book Award is June 1, 2018.

2018 Submission Categories:

  • Biblical Studies, Rabbinics, and Jewish History and Culture in Antiquity
  • Jews and the Arts: Music, Performance, and Visual
  • Modern Jewish History and Culture: Europe and Israel
  • Social Science, Anthropology, and Folklore

Eligibility requirements:  

  • Membership: Only current AJS members for the 2017 – 2018 membership year may submit their books for consideration or be nominated by a publisher
  • Copyright Date: Only books with copyright dates of 2016 or 2017 are eligible for the 2018 Schnitzer Award.
  • Language: The Jordan Schnitzer Book Awards are currently only accepting books written in English.
  • Monographs: Only monographs are eligible for the 2018 Jordan Schnitzer Book Awards. Reference works and edited volumes will not be considered.
  • Translations: Translations and/or commentaries of a classical work are eligible for submission, as long as the book’s translator or editor is an AJS member. Translations and/or commentaries of a recent scholarly work are also eligible for submission, but in this case, the original author, who would need to be a current AJS member, would be eligible for the award.
  • Resubmission: Books may be submitted for consideration no more than two times in a two-year period. Previous winners or finalists may not resubmit.

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2017 Jordan Schnitzer Book Awards

The Association of Jewish Studies annoucned its Jordan Schnitzer Book Awards recipeints. The Jordan Schnitzer Book Awards are the first annual book award program to be offered by the AJS, made possible by funding from philanthropist Jordan D. Schnitzer and the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation.

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2016 Jordan Schnitzer Book Awards

The Association of Jewish Studies held its Jordan Schnitzer Book Awards reception at its annual conference on December 18th, 2016 in San Diego, CA. The Jordan Schnitzer Book Awards are the first annual book award program to be offered by the AJS, made possible by funding from philanthropist Jordan D. Schnitzer and the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation.

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2016 Association of Jewish Studies Jordan Schnitzer Book Awards, San Diego, CA


2015 JORDAN SCHNITZER BOOK AWARDS

The Association of Jewish Studies held its Jordan Schnitzer Book Awards reception at its annual conference on December 13th, 2015 in Boston, MA. The Jordan Schnitzer Book Awards are the first annual book award program to be offered by the AJS, made possible by funding from philanthropist Jordan D. Schnitzer and the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation.

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2015 Association of Jewish Studies Jordan Schnitzer Book Awards, Boston, MA


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