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 has recognized books in three subject areas per year, for a total of nine categories over a three-year cycle. The nine 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—European Countries
  • Modern Jewish History—Americas, Africa, Asia, and Oceania
  • Social Science, Anthropology, and Folklore
  • Jews and the Arts (visual, performance, music)
  • Cultural Studies and Media Studies

2017 Jordan Schnitzer Book Awards

The Association of Jewish Studies is now accepting submissions for consideration in the following fields:

  • Jewish Literature & Linguistics
  • Medieval & Early Modern Jewish History & Culture
  • Modern Jewish History & Culture - Americas, Africa, Asia & Oceania
  • Philosophy & Jewish Thought

Members in good standing for the 2016-2017 membership year may submit books for consideration or be nominated by a third party. May 23, 2017 is the submission deadline. Awards will be announced in late Fall 2017 and will be formally presented at a reception at the 49th Annual Conference.

Submission Instructions


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.

INFORMATION ABOUT THE AWARDS

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


JORDAN SCHNITZER BOOK AWARDS - PAST AWARD WINNERS