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Openings on the Bibliography & Reference Awards Committee

The RAS Awards Committee invites all RAS members to apply to serve on the committee. The AJL Judaica Bibliography and Reference Awards were established to encourage the publication of outstanding academic reference resources.

Awards committee members must be a member in good standing of AJL and actively participate in the work of the committee through email discussions and work on other web-based platforms. The members review chosen reference and bibliography publications and submit reviews at the beginning of the calendar year and participate in email discussions about the redacted reviews. Members can serve on two consecutive two-year terms.

If you are interested in being a part of Awards Committee, please speak with Rachel Simon or send her an email at rsimon@princeton.edu by September 1, 2016.

To see a list of past winners, they are available on the AJL website: http://jewishlibraries.org/content.php?page=Reference___Bibliography_Awards

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In Memory of Judy R. Cohn


by Ellen Cole

Judy R. Cohn was a dynamic member and leader of AJLSC (Association of Jewish Libraries, Southern California chapter) for many years.  When she died in 2015 our cherished colleague donated a large grant to AJL to help defray convention costs for members.  Her funds created the Judy R. Cohn Conference Stipend Fund.  We in AJLSC miss her and wish to share some facts about her life.

Judy was born in Omaha, Nebraska, to Bennett and Anne Cohn. Her brother is Doug Cohn. She attended The University of Oklahoma at Norman and The University of Nebraska at Omaha, graduating with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Education.  She continued her education at the University of Denver, University of Southern California and UCLA.

She worked for the School District of Los Angles from 1963 until her 2005 retirement.  Judy spent the last fifteen years of her career as the Librarian and Library Media Teacher at Granada Hills Charter High School.  After retiring she worked as a California State University Long Beach Lecturer and Teacher and as a substitute Librarian at the Los Angeles Public Library.  Judy was married to Bernie Stickgold from 1989 until his death in 2004.

To say that Judy was active before and after retirement is a gross understatement.  Judy was very, very active in both the Jewish world and in the library world.  She was a member and leader of countless organizations including:  President, Association of Jewish Libraries of Southern California; Vice President, Study Groups, Brandeis University Women’s Committee; Curriculum Coordinator and President of the California School Library Association; and a Board Member of Friends of Encino-Tarzana Branch of the Los Angeles Public Library.  Judy was President of the Santa Monica Friends of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Communications Chair for the San Fernando Valley L. A. Philharmonic Friends group. She was a Board Member of Shirim Ha-Emek chapter of Hadassah.

We remember Judy’s warm, enthusiastic personality, her terrific sense of humor, her calm even handedness and her willingness to get involved and stay involved in a broad array of organizations and projects.  Her home was open to all.  She liked nothing better than having 30-50 friends or committee members over for a holiday dinner or organizational planning meeting.  Books and reading were her hobbies.  Throughout her career she amassed a huge collection of books that she stored in every nook and cranny of her home.  Children’s books were her favorite as reflected by her 25-year membership in The Children's Book Club in Pasadena. She loved librarians as much as books and always enjoyed the annual AJL conferences.

Judy passed away at age 79 at her home in Northridge, California, on May 31, 2015.  She suffered from a   malignant brain tumor discovered in November 2012.  We loved her.  We miss her.  We thank her for her incredible generosity to AJL.


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