Dorothy Schroeder Memorial Fund


The Dorothy Schroeder Memorial Fund honors our teacher and mentor, Dorothy Schroeder.


Dorothy Schroeder Memorial Fund Stipend Application Information 2020

Evanston, Illinois will be the site of the 55th Annual Association of Jewish Libraries Conference.  The dates are Monday, June 29, through Wednesday, July 1, 2020.

Through the AJLSC Dorothy Schroeder Memorial Fund, we will be offering stipends to some of our AJLSC members.  If you are an AJLSC and AJL member, and need funding for this conference,  please click on the link below to find the application form.  

The deadline for receipt of your request is April 10, 2020. If you have any questions, please contact Roberta Lloyd at


This Memorial Fund:

 provides AJLSC awards to those who excel or make significant contributions to Jewish libraries or Judaica librarianship. Generally, the Dorothy Schroeder Award is presented to recipient(s) every other year at our installation of officers meeting.

enables AJLSC to grant financial assistance to its members. Funds are granted as interest-free loans or other assistance to members, in order to continue their library education. Also, stipends are given toward the national Association of Jewish Libraries Annual Conference (Click here to view Application for 2020 Conference).

AJLSC accepts donations to the Dorothy Schroeder Memorial Fund to continue the support of Judaic Librarianship. If you wish to contribute, please contact Roberta Lloyd, Chair of the Dorothy Schroeder Memorial Fund. Your donation will be acknowledged with a special Tribute Card.


Tribute Cards: In addition, you are welcome to purchase a packet of four AJLSC Tribute Cards for an $18.00 contribution. Please send your check, payable to AJLSC, to AJLSC Treasurer, Ronda Rose, 11257 Dona Lisa Drive, Studio City, CA 91604 – . Your cards will be mailed to you.

Recipients of the Dorothy Schroeder Award

Recipients of this award are honored with the presentation of a certificate, which reads:

“for tireless and outstanding dedication to Judaica Librarianship
and the education of Judaica Librarians”

Yasher Koach to those receiving this honor to date:

First Award
2016 – Jackie Ben-Efraim
2013 – David Hirsch
2009 – Lisa Silverman
2007 – Mark Lamken
2005 – Arna Schwartz and
Dorothy Steiner
2003 – Grace Friedman
2001 – Ellen Cole and
Gayle Schnaid
1999 – Ronda Rose
1997 – Adaire Klein
1996 – Rachel Glasser
1995 – Susan Dubin
1993 – Rita Frischer
1991 – Barbara Y. Leff
1989 – Rabbi Isaiah Zeldin,
Rabbi Dr. William Cutter, and
Mr. Sidney J. Greenberg



Tributes to Dorothy Schroeder, z”l

From 1965 to 1987, Dorothy Schroeder was a founder and first president of AJLSC; she was our leader and innovator; and she was a mentor and friend to us all. She enlisted the aid of Rabbi Isaiah Zeldin, then Dean of the College of Jewish Studies, and Sidney Greenberg, Consultant of the Los Angeles Bureau of Jewish Education, to create a course of study for Judaica librarians leading to a BJE Librarian-Teacher Certification. She encouraged Rabbi Dr. William Cutter, then Director of the Rhea Hirsch School of Education at Hebrew Union College-JIR, to continue sponsoring these classes. Dorothy trained Judaica librarians and helped upgrade and/or create more than 40 Judaic libraries. Her inspiration lives on. Those she mentored have mentored others, new libraries have been established, and the cycle continues to this day. These are two of the many tributes to Dorothy through the years…


[Note: Dorothy Schroeder was honored by AJL and AJLSC at the national AJL Conference, Los Angeles, June 1973, with the presentation of this scroll.]


At this Eighth Annual Convention of this Association of Jewish Libraries,
We pay tribute to you,


Today, we are gathered together in Los Angeles,
Because of YOU. . .

Our Southern California Association was officially organized,
Because of your efforts;

National AJL has become a part of our lives,
Because of your encouragement;

Classes for Jewish librarians are being offered on the college level,
Because of your farsightedness;

Certification for Jewish librarians is no longer a dream
Because of your determination;

Our interest in Jewish librarianship is being sustained,
Because of your involvement;

Jewish libraries in our area are flourishing,
Because of your dedication;

We have raised our library standards,
Because of your influence;

Our library problems have become minimal,
Because of your open door;

We have learned determination and patience,
Because of your example;

We are gaining respect from our professional and lay leaders,
Because you have taught us to have respect for ourselves;

Our appreciation of Jewish literature has been heightened,
Because of your enthusiasm;

Our own creative inner resources have been tapped,
Because of your faith;

Many of us desire to become professional librarians,
Because we wish to join you in furthering our cause;

Truly, our lives and our communities have been enriched,
Because of you –
Our Teacher . . . Our Inspiration . . .

From those who love you and
Who are so grateful for everything you have done.



[Note: Eulogy presented on behalf of AJLSC, at the Memorial Service
for Dorothy Schroeder on February 1, 1987 (excerpt)]

Dorothy Schroeder – Visionary Extraordinaire

. . . Dorothy was as far removed from the stereotypical librarian image as one could be. She smiled a lot . . . she dressed beautifully . . . she was assertive in a quiet way . . . and she even encouraged people to talk out loud in her library!

Dorothy was more than a wonderful librarian at Wilshire Boulevard Temple. She reached out into the community – and changed it so significantly that Los Angeles will be forever in her debt. She was known as the Dean of Jewish Librarians in Southern California, and we, her colleagues, are so very proud of her.

Some of Dorothy’s accomplishments include:

• In her early years, she established an elementary school library which became a model library for the Los Angeles Unified School District.

• More than 25 years ago, she organized our local professional organization, the Association of Jewish Libraries of Southern California, and served as its first president. Until two months ago, she attended meetings regularly (even while ill) and shepped nachas knowing we were the largest, the best, and the most active regional group in the country.

• She established a Judaica librarianship course of study, which Hebrew Union College-JIR still sponsors. This is the only long-term continuing course of study of its kind in the nation, and her students were responsible for the development of most of the synagogue libraries in this area.

• She made a shidduch between Hebrew Union College-JIR and the Los Angeles Bureau of Jewish Education. With a lot of nudging, professional know-how, and Association support, two things happened: The BJE began to grant certification to qualified Librarian-Teachers, and librarians joined administrators and teachers in the BJE Code of Personnel Practices. Again, this was a “first” in the United States and has become a model for other communities.

• She inspired us to work together and to share – on the local and national scenes. Several of us have joined Dorothy in holding Executive Board positions in the Association of Jewish Libraries and have made significant contributions to our profession on the national level.

• Long before computerization, Dorothy talked about central cataloging – to eliminate duplication of effort. Last year, one of her former students, originally inspired by Dorothy, set up a central cataloging pilot program, which has the potential to network with small Jewish libraries everywhere.

Dorothy was a dedicated librarian with vision, and a mission. She believed that promoting the use of Jewish books was one of the highest priorities within a synagogue or school. She loved matching the right book with the right child and reaching people who did not know that they needed help. She believed in involving people wherever possible and her teaching methods included sharing and problem solving, resulting in a unique camaraderie among her students. She was a positive thinker; when we became discouraged because our synagogues would not support our library program with adequate time, money, or recognition, she kept up our spirits while helping us develop strategy. She was always available to anyone in the community at any time, as her family well knows. Dorothy carried out her mission with love, honesty, and dignity; she provided information along with inspiration; and she accepted the many accolades with modesty. She conducted her professional life in the same manner as her personal life – as a mensch.

Dorothy has been recognized and honored often in the Jewish community for her professional accomplishments, and today, we’d like to add one more – a posthumous honor that we know would please her. I am proud to announce that the Association of Jewish Libraries of Southern California is establishing the Dorothy Schroeder Memorial Fund for the Enhancement of Judaica Librarianship. Its purpose will be to promote those ideals that exemplified Dorothy Schroeder. Among our goals will be to provide awards and incentives to those who excel or make significant contributions to our Jewish Libraries, and to make available funds for interest-free loans or for financial assistance for Judaica librarianship courses and special programs.

In conclusion – Dorothy’s memory is alive and well – and will continue to raise professional standards in our community. Her life had great meaning, as defined by Albert Einstein:

The life of the individual has meaning only in so far as it aids in making the life of every living thing nobler and more beautiful….*

We loved Dorothy and we will miss her — and we will carry on….

Note: This Eulogy, by Barbara Y. Leff, was published in AJLSC’s Library Light (March-April 1987, pp. 4-5), and in AJL’s Judaica Librarianship (Vol. 3, No. 1-2, 1986-1987 5746-5747, p. 142).


* Source: The Eternal Light: A Heritage Album Mirroring Four Thousand Years of Jewish Inspiration and Wisdom. New York: Bloch Publishing, 1966, p. 141.