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Registration, Hotel, Meal, and Other Information

AJS 48th Annual Conference
December 18-20, 2016 • San Diego, California
Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel

Conference Registration Fees
Hotel Accommodations
Meal Reservations
Sephardi/Mizrahi Caucus Lunch
AJS Women's Caucus Breakfast
Travel Grants

I. Conference Registration Fees

Advance conference registration fees available through November 15, 2016:

Professional Member Rate: $155.00
Student Member Rate: $75.00
Non-Member Rate: $220.00
Underemployed, Unemployed, and Retired Member Rate: $100.00   This rate requires pre-approval. Please submit this form no later than May 2, 2016.

After November 15, all registrations will be onsite in San Diego at the following rates:

Onsite Professional Member Rate: $180.00
Onsite Student Member Rate: $85.00
Onsite Non-Member Rate: $250.00

Please note:

  • No refunds will be issued for cancellations after October 31, 2016 (September 16, 2016 for session participants). All refunds will be charged a $20.00 processing fee ($10.00 for students), with the exception of refunds requested by those whose papers were not accepted.
  • Conference badges must be worn for admission to all conference sessions and the book exhibit.

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II. Hotel Accommodations

The AJS is pleased to announce that the Hilton San Diego Bayfront, located at 1 Park Boulevard, San Diego, California 92101, has extended the AJS a rate of $135 per room, single and double occupancy, not including taxes, with a limited number of rooms for students at $119. The deadline to make reservations at the special AJS rate is November 15, 2016. Reservations can be made by calling the Hilton reservations line at 1-800-HILTONS; it is very important for your reservation to be included in the AJS room block, so please make sure to ask for the Association for Jewish Studies rate.

To make reservations online, please click here for the AJS rate. Students only: please click here for the student room rate. Please do not use the regular website or other hotel booking sites to make your reservation; the only way to access the special AJS reduced rate is through our group's special reservations links.

AJS does not work with any third parties or housing bureaus for convention housing so beware of anyone contacting you and claiming to represent AJS.

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III. Meal Reservations

Kosher meals will be prepared by the Hilton San Diego Bayfront under the supervision of Rabbi Jeff Wohlgelernter and the Vaad Harabonim of San Diego. Meal reservations must be made by November 15, 2016


Sunday, December 18th Breakfast



Sunday, December 18th Lunch



Sunday, December 18th Gala Banquet

$25.00 ($15.00 for students)





Monday, December 19th Breakfast



Monday, December 19th Lunch



Monday, December 19th Dinner






Tuesday, December 20th Breakfast



Tuesday, December 20th Lunch






All meals


  Women's Caucus Breakfast (12/19) $17.00
  Sephardi/Mizrachi Caucus Lunch (12/19) $28.00

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IV. Sephardi/Mizrahi Caucus Lunch

The Sephardi/Mizrahi Caucus Lunch will take place December 19, 2016 The cost is $28.00. Paid reservations must be made online by November 15, 2016 The annual meeting of the AJS Sephardi/Mizrahi Caucus will take place immediately following the lunch and is open to all conference attendees. For further information, please contact:

Julia Cohen (Vanderbilt University)

Jonathan Ray (Georgetown University)

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V. AJS Women’s Caucus Breakfast

The AJS Women’s Caucus Breakfast, open to members of the AJS Women’s Caucus, will be held Monday, December 19, 2016 from 7:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. The deadline for pre-registration for the breakfast is November 15, 2016. There will be a limited number of late breakfast registrations available on the Monday of the breakfast as well. You may make a breakfast reservation and renew your Women's Caucus membership online. If you prefer, you may also renew your Women's Caucus membership by mailing the Women’s Caucus Membership Form and membership dues ($20.00 faculty, $10.00 student) to: Katja Vehlow [address to come].

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VI. Childcare

Pending sufficient demand, AJS will arrange for onsite childcare at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel, to be provided by a conference childcare company. Parents will be charged a reasonable hourly fee for childcare services. Please email by May 5, 2016 if you would be interested in using onsite childcare services. Please note the ages and number of children who will be requiring care.

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VII. Travel Grants and Awards

Since 2009, the AJS has awarded more than $150,000 in travel grant funding to its members. The AJS remains committed to supporting wide participation in the conference. In particular, the AJS seeks to support untenured faculty, graduate students, independent scholars without full-time employment, and international scholars who receive little to no institutional support for conference travel. Below please find travel grant information as of March 2016. Complete information including other grant opportunities and the grant application will be available July 2016.

Except if otherwise noted below, only those who are presenting a traditional 15 – 20 minute panel paper or a digital humanities workshop presentation are eligible to apply. Also, anyone who received an AJS travel grant in 2015 must wait until 2017 to apply for another grant. Please also note specific eligibility requirements for each travel grant program. Awards will be announced by late October.

Questions? Contact Ilana Abramovitch, Conference Program Associate, at If you wish to contribute to the AJS Conference Travel Grant Fund, please click here.

A. Travel Grants for Faculty, Graduate Students, and Independent Scholars, Administered by AJS
The full range of travel grant opportunities will be posted by July 2016.

1. Taube Foundation for Jewish Life & Culture Travel Grants for Polish and Eastern European Scholars. Taube Foundation for Jewish Life & Culture is pleased to sponsor a limited number of travel grants for graduate students and professors presenting research at the AJS Conference. Priority will go to those presenting traditional 15 – 20 minute panel papers or digital humanities workshop presentations and who receive little to no support for conference travel.

2. Travel Grants for European Scholars. AJS is pleased to sponsor a limited number of travel grants for graduate students and early career scholars (those who received their PhD no earlier than 2009). Only scholars who have been accepted to present traditional 15 – 20 minute panel papers or digital humanities workshop presentations are eligible to apply. Priority will go to those who are members of the European Association for Jewish Studies (EAJS), are presenting at the AJS Conference for the first time, and who receive little to no institutional or external support for conference travel.

B. Other Travel Grant Opportunities

1. Rosalie Katchen Travel Grant sponsored by the HBI (Hadassah-Brandeis Institute). The Rosalie Katchen Travel Award is available to junior scholars presenting papers at the AJS annual meeting which deal with Jewish women and gender issues. Scholars who completed their dissertation within the past five years are invited to apply. Four travel grants of up to $250 each are awarded each year. Grants are paid to awardees following the AJS meeting. Grant guidelines are available on the HBI website: 
Deadline: November 19, 2016

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