Association of Jewish Libraries

Digital Conference 2023: A World of Possibilities

Meet the Award Winners!

Meet the 2023 winners of the AJL Jewish Fiction and Sydney Taylor Book Awards! All winning titles are available for purchase at the AJL Shop at

Sydney Taylor Book Awards

Our Jewish Communities Connect Us: The Sydney Taylor Book Award Winners

Tuesday, June 20, 11:00 am ET

Chana Stiefel and Susan Gal will discuss their picture book winner, The Tower of Life, Yaffe Eliach’s true story of how she recreated her beloved shtetl; Mari Lowe will take us to a close-knit Orthodox community with a supposedly-haunted mikvah in middle grade winner, Aviva vs. the Dybbuk; and Sacha Lamb will tell us about the journeys of an angel, a demon, and a nice Jewish girl to America in the young adult winner, When the Angels Left the Old Country.

Sydney Taylor Honor Awards

Family, Friends, and the People We Meet Along the Way: The Sydney Taylor Honor Books

Tuesday, June 20, 1:00 pm ET

Celebrate the creators of this year's Honor books: Shoshana Nambi (The Very Best Sukkah: A Story from Uganda), Erin Silver (Sitting Shiva), Paula Cohen (Big Dreams, Small Fish presented by Paul Martin), Meira Drazin (Honey and Me), Sofiya Pasternack (Black Bird, Blue Road), A. J. Sass (Ellen Outside the Lines), Jennieke Cohen (My Fine Fellow: A Delicious Entanglement), Sarah Darer Littman (Some Kind of Hate), and Hannah Reynolds (Eight Nights of Flirting).

Jewish Fiction Award

Meet the AJL Fiction Award Winners

Wednesday, June 21, 11:00 am

Meet Omer Friedlander, winner of the AJL Jewish Fiction Award for his story collection, The Man Who Sold Air in the Holy Land, and honor winners Rachel Barenbaum, author of Atomic Anna, and GennaRose Nethercott, author of Thistlefoot.


  • Registration is open! The cost of attending the conference is $180 for AJL members, $90 for retirees, and $40 for students (includes AJL membership through 9/30/2024). The cost for non–AJL members is $290. Registration includes all conference sessions and access to the session videos for up to a year.

  • The deadline for conference support and student scholarship applications has been extended to today, Thursday, May 4, 2023. Visit the conference support page for more information.

  • Visit the AJL Zazzle store for Conference 2023 T-shirts, mugs, notebooks, and more!

Rachel Kamin and Kathy Bloomfield

National Conference Co-Chairs

AJL Conference Committee

Association of Jewish Libraries Annual Conference 

June 19–22, 2023

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