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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Historical Organizations, Judaism, Womens Studies

Mission: JWA documents Jewish women's stories, elevates their voices, and inspires them to be agents of change. A national non-profit organization founded in 1995, the Jewish Women’s Archive is devoted to making known the stories, struggles, and achievements of Jewish women in North America in order to enrich the way we understand the past and to ensure a more inclusive future. One of the first Jewish organizations to recognize and invest in the potential of the Internet, JWA has amassed the most extensive collection of material anywhere on American Jewish women, which be accessed for free by anyone with an Internet connection anywhere in the world. Its award-winning website, www.jwa.org, gets over 900,000 unique visitors a year and is a destination for people seeking knowledge, a sense of connection and community, and a way to affirm and enhance the legacy of American Jewish women. JWA.org offers an online Encyclopedia of Jewish women, a lively blog, lesson plans and other educational materials that can be downloaded for free, online exhibits on topics as diverse as Jewish Women and the Feminist Revolution and Katrina’s Jewish Voices, several book and film guides, a growing collection of reminiscences of recently deceased Jewish women, a poster series, and numerous other resources for anyone interested in the experiences of American Jewish women, both celebrated and unheralded. In addition to its website, the Jewish Women’s Archive runs a biannual summer Institute for Educators, is the producer of “Making Trouble”, an acclaimed film about Jewish women comedians that has been screened at over160 film festivals and other venues and is now available on DVD, and sponsors public programs in partnership with other non profit organizations. Watch our YouTube introduction at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xt9yRAAa4Ro.

Results: Created largest single collection of information on American Jewish women. Produced ”Making Trouble,” a film about six Jewish women comedians that has been screened at more than 160 film festivals and other venues around the world. Assembled the largest single repository of data related to the Jewish experience of Hurricane Katrina. Created Go & Learn; curriculum modules, which have been downloaded over 26,000 times; hosts annual Institute for Educators. Award-winning website (jwa.org) reaches over 60,000 unique Web visitors each month. Named one of the 50 most innovative Jewish organizations by Slingshot.

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 1,000,000 unique visitors who visit our website eachyear.

Programs: In fy 15, we relaunched a redesigned website that improves the user experience, expands our capability to add information to the site, and improves mobile use of the site. We launched our first national cohort of the rising voices fellowship for teenage girls, and grew the number of participants by 50%. Over the past year, we have increased our social media presence by 21%. We also increased participation in our online learning programs by 25% and further developed our presence in the jewish educational communities of the san francisco bay area and new york city through two educator workshops.

Community Stories

41 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Jewish Women's Archive is an excellent organization that provides a much-needed platform for women's voices. They provide excellent educational resources for the lay person and the scholar alike. JWA is a truly valuable resource that deserves lots of support!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

JWA is an amazing resource for all things about Jewish Women! The historic materials available on their site as well as their current contributions to the conversation about Jewish Women keep me motivated to support and encourage others to use JWA. The two most impressive and inspiring aspects of JWA are their innovative section called Power Couples [jwa.org/powercouples] and the Rising Voices fellowship[ jwa.org/blog/risingvoices.]

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a Museum Educator and PhD candidate in US History who stumbled upon JWA's "Living the Legacy" lesson plans while doing research into museum distance learning. I am extremely impressed with how thoroughly these lessons treat Jewish involvement in the Civil Rights Movement from a variety of perspectives, including Southern Jewish families, Northern participants in Freedom Rides, their families, their clergy, how these experiences were gendered, communicated through pop culture, and more. I was, in fact, so impressed, that I picked up the phone to compliment the person responsible. Etta King was extremely helpful in sharing the pedagogical thinking, successes and shortcomings of Living the Legacy, and followed up immediately with useful resources for me to use in designing my own materials.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

I have used JWA for class teaching, professional development, and personal inspiration. I appreciate the staff members and their products. The website is neat, accessible, and engaging. Kudos to JWA!

DavidWojdyla

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I’m not Jewish. I’m not a woman. And yet I’m taking the time to write a review about Jewish Women’s Archive. Why? Because they’ve taken time to help me. Recently I visited their award-winning site to access some educational material. When I requested personalized assistance, the response was immediate and exceeded expectations. If there was a contest for “people behind-the-scenes of award-winning websites,” these folks would win.

Client Served

Rating: 4

Jewish Women's Archive has a great staff that readily provides materials for educators that are current and poignant. Tech savvy, friendly and providing workshops, this organization is a gem. As an independent eductor the resources and outreach have supported me in bringing the work of our tradtion forward. Thank you for being there.

Donor

Rating: 5

I am a Jewish Feminist global activist who using the Jewish Women's Archives as a resource both personally and professionally as a public health nurse and health reporter.
It is where I can find academic resources, great tools for the global activism I am involved in and make a call to them when I need something for an interview or personal Jewish life event.
Glad they exist.

Donor

Rating: 5

Without this organization, the stories of Jewish women would be lost . Since JWA was established, Jewish women are being reclaimed and are becoming part of the telling of history. The website offers accessible information and provides information and role models for girls growing up today.

1 Johanna Y.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

this is a great website. even though I'm not an American I find it super useful, especially the history stuff. It's so important that women's history doesn't get lost. They do their best to preserve and keep women's history, and especially the history of Jewish women, who tend to be the unseen, unspoken holders up of Jewish tradition - without whom Jewish tradition wouldn't even exist!
The Jewish Women's Archive is just great.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a Jewish woman writer of books and TV, I am proud to add my voice to those telling how meaninful the JWA is to me and to women everywhere. I have found the people involved in this group very supportive and most friendly.

Rita Lakin, author