JTS Faculty Member Awarded 2024 Judaica Reference Award

The Association of Jewish Libraries recently awarded the prestigious 2024 Judaica Reference Award to Dr. David E. Fishman, JTS professor of Jewish History and Director at the Jewish Archival Survey, and his co-editor Alexander Ivanov, Editor-in-Chief of the Jewish Archival Survey, for Jewish Documentary Sources in Lviv Archives: A Guide. Covering the fourteenth century to today, the guide provides comprehensive descriptions of 235 archival collections related to Jewish history and culture that are held in Lviv archives, libraries, and museums. Most of these rich materials have been unknown to specialists in Jewish studies and have not been examined or utilized in scholarship.

According to AJL, “The committee was duly impressed by the depth of the research that went into assembling this guide as well as its incredible scope. As a result of this guide, countless works have been made visible to the scholarly world for the first time, and many more newly introduced to the English-speaking scholarly community.”

A product of a team of ten researchers, the guide was produced by the Jewish Archival Survey, a joint project between JTS and the State Archival Service of Ukraine. The first volume, a guide to Jewish archives in Kyiv, was published in 2006, and a total of four volumes have been published to date. The Jewish Archival Survey is currently working on a guide to Chernivtsi (better known as Czernowitz), a city that once belonged to the Austrian Empire and later to Romania.

JTS warmly congratulates the recipients of this award and looks forward to our continued work with Jewish Archival Survey.