Call For Papers 2019-2020

Within the past few years antisemitism has resurfaced as an explicit and growing threat to Jews in America, Europe, and the rest of the world. While the acute force of this hazard has gained significant exposure in the era of digital media, there is a long history of fear, hatred, and persecution of Jews.

For its 2020 volume, G’vanim: The Journal of the Academy for Jewish Religion is seeking submissions that engage with the ways in which Jews and Judaism have been targeted from within and from without in any time period and geographic location (or digital forum). Articles might focus on textual or rhetorical polemics, demographic trends, philosophical responses, or other critical investigations.

Contributions from established scholars, advanced graduate students, and others who employ a rigorous and sophisticated approach are encouraged. To be considered for publication in this volume, abstracts for articles must be received by December 24, 2019. If accepted, complete articles of 1500-5000 words in length will be due March 26, 2020. Authors are invited to submit abstracts of 250-500 words for review to the current editor, Dr. Matthew Goldstone ([email protected]).

Submission Guidelines

G’vanim is an online journal published annually by the Academy for Jewish Religion (and indexed by EBSCO Publishing). G’vanim commissions and reviews unsolicited submissions for articles on topics related to the past, present, and future of Judaism. Articles that contribute to the Academy for Jewish Religion’s dedication to pluralism are especially welcome. Articles should not have been published previously and, while authors retain the rights to their contributions, acceptance for publication in G’vanim constitutes agreement not to republish submissions elsewhere for one year following the official date of publication of the relevant volume of G’vanim. Although G’vanim is not officially a peer-review journal, all abstracts and full-length articles must be approved by the editor and/or editorial board as meeting the high standards for excellence in research and novelty of contribution prior to acceptance for publication.

For Author Guidelines see HERE.

About the Journal

Founded in 1956, the Academy for Jewish Religion (AJR) is the oldest pluralistic Jewish seminary in the United States. AJR is dedicated to ordaining rabbis and cantors for all Jewish communities and to sharing insights into Judaism and Jewish tradition with our expanded community. Accordingly, in 2005 faculty member Rabbi Bernard M. Zlotowitz (1925-2015) issued our first volume of G’vanim: The Journal of the Academy for Jewish Religion to “spread and disseminate more Jewish knowledge.” After publishing 9 volumes, publication of the journal was temporarily suspended while AJR devoted efforts to the publication of Studies in Judaism and Pluralism: Honoring the 60th Anniversary of the Academy for Jewish Religion, edited by adjunct faculty member Dr. Leonard Levin. It is with great excitement that we revived the journal last year as an online publication with our volume on Gender, Sexuality and Judaism.