The American Association of Jewish Lawyers & Jurists (AAJLJ) is a nonprofit association representing the American Jewish legal community.

We bring our community together to defend Jewish interests and human rights in the United States and abroad.


On the evening of Tuesday, January 28, 2020, at 6 PM, the AAJLJ honored Stuart Kurlander, Baruch Weiss, and Alyza Lewin, in a beautiful ceremony held at The Whittemore House in Washington, DC.

Stuart Kurlander is a healthcare and life sciences partner in Latham & Watkins’ Washington, D.C. office and is Global Co-Chair of the Israel Practice.

Baruch Weiss, after over 20 years in public service, is now a partner in Arnold & Porter’s D.C. office and has been an avid defender of the rights of Jews.

Alyza D. Lewin, the immediate past president of the AAJLJ and current President of the Brandeis Center, is a founding and managing partner at Lewin & Lewin, where she and her father, Nat Lewin, advocate tirelessly for the rights of the Jewish people and their ability to practice freely in all aspects of life.

Previous recipients include Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Elena Kagan, Justice Stephen Breyer, and this year’s attendees including Nathan Lewin, Seth Waxman, Robert Weinberg, Martin Mendelsohn, and Gabriel Groisman. 

See coverage of the event in the Washington Jewish Week


POJ Recipients Bob Weinberg, Baruch Weiss, and AAJLJ President Stephen Greenwald

Federal Judge with Past POJ Recipient Seth Waxman

Former AAJLJ President and Past POJ Recipient Nat Lewin

POJ 2018

POJ 2018 (Hon. Robert Abrams and Mayor Gabriel Groisman)

Recent mission to Israel

In late June several AAJLJ Board members traveled to Israel for meetings with legal experts, judges, past and present government officials , and policy think tanks, to learn more about current issues and controversies in the legal sphere; issues that have generated disagreements and dissension within the American Jewish community and between some American Jews and Israel.

Harold Halpern (pictured on top row, second from right), retired Sarasota attorney and long-time AAJLJ Board Member, wrote a series of articles for the Sarasota Herald Tribune chronicling the trip and several important issues that were raised during discussions.

Click here to access Harold Halpern’s articles