Jewish Women's Archive

Rating: 4.97 stars   37 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture, Religion, Women

Location: One Harvard Street, Suite 200 Brookline MA 02445 USA

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.

2013 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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Rating: 4 stars  

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.

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Make the website easier to navigate. It is extremely content heavy which is good since it is an indication of what is being recaptured and told, but it needs a design update.

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2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

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.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I wouldn't presume to say.. I think they are doing an excellent job. They just need more money and more recognition, like most non-profits that work hard without a big budget.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Unlikely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

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

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

no changes, they are doing an admirable job.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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It's hard to know how to choose a catagory in the above "Your role." I settled on "client served," since that was my first encounter with JWA, and certainly continues today. As a supplementary school Jewish educator, I'm always looking for resources that will engage my students in their Jewish heritage. While searching for information on the Jewish role in the Civil Right Movement, I found their curriculum, rich in primary sources, It really helped me bring the experience of that time to my students.

I have since participated in the JWA Educator Institute where I was not only able to get valuable training in using their curriculum and sources, but became connected with other educators from across the country. JWA encourages educators to make the curriculum their own, supporting us with guidance to find the materials we need, and giving us a forum to bounce ideas off others.

Jewish Women's Archive is an organization that works hard to fulfill its mission to preserve so much of modern Jewish history. They are not concerned with just gathering material and storing it away. They understand the need to bring these stories to the next generations, who can learn from the past to take action in the present, thus making a better future.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I love hearing voices of Jewish women reflected on the JWA blog. The topics are timely, the pieces well-written, and the take away is always a good one.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Unsure

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am researching a project involving one of the Warsaw Ghetto Fighters and the JWA were very helpful trying to help me track down a relevant publication. They were helpful and friendly.

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No

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Some

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2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am currently revising a training manual that will be used to help people who serve adults to find greater meaning and purpose and to see that aging years as a more positive time of life. I needed a story with a message, and the JWA kindly granted permission for me to use one of their stories. This means a great deal to me because it is a perfect fit for the topic we are talking about. I work for a non-profit department in our community hospital. I believe that this story will ripple out and touch the lives of others. Thank you JWA! Also, the response to my request was immediate.

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Likely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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