Association of Jewish Libraries

Conference 2022: Together Again!


Shalom Safranim and Friends!

Here is your weekly conference update to keep you informed about the upcoming Association of Jewish Libraries conference, June 27–29, 2022, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In each update, we will highlight information to help you make your conference plans.

Reminder: Applications for conference support/student scholarships are due Friday, March 25. Visit our Conference Support page for more information.

Announcing the 2022 Feinstein Lecture

Who Owns Jewish Cultural Heritage?

Dr. Arthur Kiron, University of Pennsylvania

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Dr. Arthur Kiron will deliver the annual Feinstein Lecture during lunch on Wednesday, June 29, at the Association of Jewish Libraries Conference 2022 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Dr. Kiron is the Schottenstein-Jesselson Curator of Judaica Collections and Adjunct Assistant Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania. He received his PhD in Jewish history from Columbia University, an MA in religious studies from Stanford University, where he focused on the history of Biblical interpretation, and a BA from Brandeis University, where he graduated magna cum laude in political theory and women’s studies and was the recipient of the Giller-Sagan Prize in Women’s Studies. Kiron specializes in the history of Jewish books as well as the history of Jews in the Atlantic world. He oversees the Penn Libraries’ Judaica programs of education and outreach, such as exhibits, concerts, and workshops, as well as national and international partnerships to digitize significant collections of Judaica. He is the co-founder of Judaica DH at the Penn Libraries , the director of the Jesselson-Kaplan American Genizah Project, and co-director of the Scribes of the Cairo Geniza project. He is the editor of Constellations of Atlantic Jewish History: The Arnold and Deanne Kaplan Collection of Early American Judaica (2014), recipient of the Arline Custer Memorial Award. A selection of his publications may be viewed via the Scholarly Commons open digital repository at the University of Pennsylvania. For more information about Penn’s Judaica collections and programs, see and

About the Feinstein Lecture

The Association of Jewish Libraries received a grant from the Foundation for Jewish Culture (FJC) given by the Myer and Rosalind Feinstein family to fund an annual lecture. Lectures on Judaic bibliography and librarianship were delivered at the annual conferences from 1996 to 2010. The FJC is no longer active, but it left AJL with monies to continue these lectures. The Feinstein Lecture resumed at the 2019 AJL conference and will continue to encourage and inspire Judaica librarians at future conferences.


Rachel Kamin, National Conference Chair

AJL Conference Committee

Association of Jewish Libraries Annual Conference 

June 27–29, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Quick links:

Conference Information and Registration

Conference Support

Wyndham Philadelphia Historic District Reservations

Weitzman National Museum of Jewish American History

Conference Information and Registration

To read previous weekly conference updates, visit the 2022 Conference page of the AJL website.

The Association of Jewish Libraries is an international, professional organization that fosters access to information and research in all forms of media relating to all things Jewish. The Association promotes Jewish literacy and scholarship and provides a community for peer support and professional development.

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