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AJLSC Members who are featured in the "News"

Judy Cohn

Judy Cohn, z"l (1936-2015) died in May 2015 after a very long illness. Judy was AJLSC President (2006-2012); she served as Librarian at Granada Hills Charter High School; and Substitute Librarian at Los Angeles Public Library (LAPL). Judy was very active in Friends of Encino-Tarzana Branch of LAPL, Brandeis, L.A. Philharmonic Friends, and many others.

Grace and Plaque

Grace Friedman, z"l (1916-2013) died in May 2013. In appreciation of her 30+ years as President of the Friends of the Fairfax Branch of LAPL, that Branch was dedicated to her memory with a plaque in June 2014. Grace was also an active AJLSC member, i.e. Founding Member (1965), President (1971-73), recipient of our Dorothy Schroeder Award (2003), and our continuing Board Member. She was the Religious School Librarian at Adat Ari-El in Valley Village, for 32 years.

David Hirsch, librarian, UCLA's Charles E. Young Research Library Collections, Research and Instructional Services, was awarded the AJLSC Dorothy Schroeder Memorial Award at our last AJLSC meeting on May 20, 2013. David was also named as 2013 LAUC-LA Librarian of the Year by the Librarians Association of the University of California, Los Angeles.

Eliezer Chammou (1936-2012) was the retired cataloger of Arabic, Hebrew and atlases in the Young Research Library Cataloging Department of UCLA. Elie played a key role in persuading the Library of Congress to change the subject heading "Near East" to "Middle East," helped develop a cataloging tool, received many mini-grants for projects, and was an extraordinary asset to the field of librarianship. Please read Elie's summary bio, written by David Hirsch here.

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AJLSC Members who serve on, or report to, AJL Council, 2014-2016

-- Past-President - Dr. Yaffa Weitzman, Hebrew Union College-JIR
-- Vice President, Membership - Sheryl Stahl, Hebrew Union College-JIR
-- President of RAS (Research Libraries, Archives, and Special Collections Division) - Sharon Benamou, UCLA Library.
-- Chair, Advertising - Jackie Ben-Efraim, Special Collections Librarian, American Jewish University.
-- Chair, Bibliography Bank - Enid Sperber, Library Consultant/Archivist, Temple Israel of Hollywood.

AJLSC Members who are authors

Hava Ben Zvi
Ellen G. Cole
Susan Dubin
Rabbi Malka Drucker
Amy Goldenberg
Fred Isaac
Barbara Y. Leff
Harriet Rochlin
Joanne Rocklin
Lois Rose Rose
Erica Silverman
Lisa Silverman
Dr. Yaffa Weisman
       (For authors' books and links, see Resources & Links.)


AJLSC Members who serve in related library fields

Ellen Cole - Reviewer, adult and children's books for both the AJL Reviews and the Jewish Book World.

Susan Dubin - Member, Board of Directors, Children's Literature Council of Southern California.

Barbara Y. Leff - Friends of the Encino-Tarzana Branch, Los Angeles Public Library, President 2004-2011, and Publications Chair (2012- ).

Lisa Silverman - Children's Literature Reviewer, Jewish Journal. Book Editor, "Kolot: C J Voices" (magazine for Conservative Judaism).


AJLSC Members who won AJL Awards:

AJL Life Membership Award:
    2000 - Rita Frischer; 1994 - Barbara Y. Leff.

AJL Fanny Goldstein Merit Award:
     2010 - Ronda Rose. 2007 - Ellen G. Cole. 2001 - Susan Dubin. 1994 - Adaire Klein. 1992 - Barbara Y. Leff.


For More of AJLSC Members. . .

See: Archive/AJLSC Member News