About Our History

A brief history of AJLSC, gleaned from records and recollections:

In 1965, Mae Weine, then national President of the Association of Jewish Libraries (AJL), visited her sister, librarian Grace Friedman, in Los Angeles. At that time, Dorothy Schroeder, a professional librarian working at Wilshire Boulevard Temple, was giving library lessons to volunteers who were trying to create and develop Judaica libraries at their synagogues and schools. These lessons were sponsored by the College of Jewish Studies and the Bureau of Jewish Education. Mae encouraged Dorothy to contact synagogues for the purpose of starting a regional AJL chapter. Twenty-five people came to that first meeting from throughout Southern California — Los Angeles to San Diego. The chapter — Association of Jewish Libraries of Southern California — began officially in 1966, and Dorothy Schroeder was elected its first president. Presidents who followed are listed above. For more of our earlier history, see Dorothy Schroeder Memorial Fund for the Enhancement of Judaica Librarianship. Recent history includes hosting AJL conventions, filing for incorporation, and adopting a new Bylaws (dated July 27, 2006), to replace our previous Constitution (ratified May 23, 2002).