Jewish Women's Archive

Rating: 4.95 stars   38 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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Role: General Member of the Public
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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Life-changing

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2013

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I am a male and I live in far away Australia, but the JWA has been of great assistance to me in my work. I teach in a Presbyterian and Methodist all girls, Independent (private), secondary day and boarding school and I have often recommended my students to visit this site. The feedback from the girls has been extremely positive. They often say that even though they may not have found exactly what they were looking for, but the information and stories that they encountered there were so engrossing, informative and important that they could not drag themselves away from the site. The site has given the girls a greater world view!

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Rating: 5 stars  

The history of Jewish women in rural Minnesota is a unique one with unique challenges. Looking for documents and photographs in an archives or online is one matter. However, when I had the opportunity to interview a family about their mother, the JWA helped me find the right questions and techniques for an oral interview. They encouraged me in my research and answered my inquiry in a very timely manner.

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

Very Well

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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I work for a non-profit in Kansas. We are encouraging uninsured people to enroll for health insurance on the Marketplace. JWA had a unique and invaluable photograph from 1964's Freedom Summer that we thought would help encourage volunteers. We contacted JWA and they were wonderful. They helped us get the permission we needed to use the photo. Many website are hard to contact and unresponsive but JWA was great!

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A lot

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2013

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A friend put me onto the Jewish Women's Archive when I was hunting for material for a Master's dissertation on Madam Gertrud Bodenwieser who was my dance teacher's teacher. I completed the MA but the material spilled over into PhD studies which I am pursuing presently. I have used the Archive's invaluable resources for numbers of leads and have been sent off on many research twists and turns, often making unexpected connections as a consequence. Furthermore, I have received prompt and very useful advice from Mr Stephen Benson with enquiries outside the scope of the Archive. I hope the work of augmenting the Archive continues so that younger researchers may avail themselves of its treasures and even contribute to it.
Jan Poddebsky
Sydney

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Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

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2013

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2 people found this review helpful

Jewish Women's Archive is an extraordinary organization that does unique work and fills a much-needed role. No other organization is compiling now what will in future be the history of Jewish women, and nowhere else is there this rich treasure trove of information about Jewish women up till now - to explore, dip into, or immerse oneself in, depending on the need or the mood. It is an incredibly versatile and precious resource. JWA's Jewish Women's Encyclopedia in particular is something I make frequent use of, and refer others to. It is an extraordinary and wonderful piece of scholarship. I can barely imagine the landscape of Jewish feminist history and knowledge without the JWA.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

extraordinarily devoted, smart, and creative.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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What's remarkable about JWA: first, the only organization I've every dealt with in which everyone (board and staff) has put aside personal matters and concentrates on the JWA tasks at hand. Second--this lack of self-importance has made JWA flexible, open and remarkably effective. Its web-site and newsletters are always interesting, never static. I've learned a lot about the ways history intersects with private and public life. I'm particularly impressed with the way it uses direct means (meetings, study guides, conferences) in conjunction with web-based opportunities. Open 24/7, no appointments needed--who could ask for a better organization?

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Preparation for a child's becoming bat mitzvah

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the lack of vanity or self-importance in staff and board

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

varied, but all interested in the intersection of history with the moment and the individual

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

strengthen its web presence; do more public face-to-face programs; prepare more down-loadable materials for teachers

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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JWA afforded me an opportunity to express my thoughts and feelings after my Mother passed away, the year after Katrina. I read and reread my thoughts over and over. It is very comforting. Since that time, I follow the site and have found, it to be an organization that expresses and extols the achievements of a Jewish woman. There are great among us and their stories must be told.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Bright and informative...even the interns!

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About every month

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2009-10-01

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3 people found this review helpful

JWA has inspired a new direction in both my interests and my teaching. The beautifully crafted summer teacher workshops they conduct have opened a door to a world of expansive resources and collegial connections which I have only begun to plumb. I have changed direction in the electives I offer to upperclassmen at the school where I teach, because the support of the website and the publications of JWA provide me with the materials and confidence I require to take this new curricular direction.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

of the highesst quality. They are responsive, professional, and incredibly inventive and cutting edge in their approaches.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

change the way women are seen--in history and in the world.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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3 people found this review helpful

Since discovering JWA my teaching and personal life have been incredibly enriched. The work done by the JWA is much needed and fills the gap in knowledge about the experiences of Jewish women in America. What an incredible resource! I frequently find myself telling friends and collegues to check out the website.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Warm, knowledgeable, open to new and creative ideas.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

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