AAJR - What does AAJR stand for? The Free Dictionary
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The scholars who worked together to found the AJS initially faced opposition from both senior figures in North American academic Jewish Studies, who preferred the protected precincts of the invitation-only AAJR
, and from the leadership of the Israel-based World Union for Jewish Studies (WUJS), who believed that Israel was the only proper location for a professional organization for academic Jewish scholars.
Originally the AAJR
was designed to promote communication and collaboration among the dozen or so major Jewish scholars then active in the American academy, mostly at Hebrew Union College and the Jewish Theological Seminary.