Feinstein Lecture Series

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The 2015 AJL annual conference will be held in Silver Spring, Maryland, June 21-24.

Proceedings and podcasts of the 2014 conference will be online shortly.


Each year a distinguished Judaica librarian, archivist, or bibliographer delivers a plenary lecture at the Association of Jewish Libraries’ Annual Convention.  The Rosaline and Myer Feinstein Lecture Series was established in 1996, at the initiative of the National Foundation for Jewish Culture (now the Foundation for Jewish Culture) and under the aegis of the Council of Libraries and Research Libraries in Jewish Studies.  It has been a regular feature of AJL conventions ever since then.  We are grateful to the Foundation for Jewish Culture for its sponsorship of this endowed lecture series.

Most of the Feinstein Lectures are accessible through this page – just click on the individual links, below.

2010 (45th Annual Convention, Seattle)
Joseph Galron– From Chaltura to Cultura, or, My Path to Hebrew Bibliography

2009 (44th Annual Convention, Chicago)
Michael W. GrunbergerOrphaned Treasures: Libraries and the Disposition of Ownerless Jewish Books in the Aftermath of the Holocaust

2008 (43rd Annual Convention, Cleveland)
Pearl BergerFrom Otsar Sefarim to Otsar Hokhmah: Transitions and Transformations

2007 (42nd Annual Convention, Scottsdale)
Philip E. MillerThe Art and Science of Reference Work

2006 (41st Annual Convention, Cambridge)
Zachary BakerGetting in on the Ground Floor: Confessions of a Yiddish Impersonator

2005 (40th Annual Convention, Oakland)
Bella Hass WeinbergExplorations in the History of Hebrew Indexes

2004 (39th Annual Convention, Brooklyn)
Robert SingermanContemporary Racist and Judeophobic Ideology Discovers the Khazars, or, Who Really Are the Jews

2003 (38th Annual Convention, Toronto)
Elhanan AdlerThe Digital Library and the Jews

2002 (37th Annual Convention, Denver)
Colonel Seymour J. PomrenzeThe Restitution of Jewish Cultural Treasures after the Holocaust

2001 (36th Annual Convention, La Jolla)
Leonard GoldCreativity and Its Imprint; Three Jewish Artists and Some Books About Them: Philip Guston, Charlotte Salomon, R. B. Kitaj

2000 (35th Annual Convention, Washington)
Abraham KarpThe Hebrew Book in The New World: From Bibliography To History

1999 (34th Annual Convention, Boca Raton)
Jacob KabakoffSome Notable Bibliographers I Have Known

1998 (33rd Annual Convention, Philadelphia)
Dina AbramowiczGuardians of a Tragic Heritage: Reminiscences and Observations of an Eyewitness

1997 (32nd Annual Convention, Cleveland)
Menahem SchmelzerOne Hundred Years of Genizah Discovery and Research: The American Share

1996 (31st Annual Convention, Toronto)
Herbert C. ZafrenWas Gutenberg Jewish? And Other Conundrums: Exploring the Margins of Jewish Bibliography