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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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

As a historian, I am deeply grateful to JWA for raising awareness of the important, vibrant history of American Jewish women, for contributing to the community by building an incredibly rich website, and for undertaking vital projects such as the oral histories of women from particular American Jewish communities.

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

inspiring in their enthusiasm, passion, and dedication.

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About every six months

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2009-9-01

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With minimal financial support, JWA has organized a treasure of previously neglected and largely unknown American history, made it accessible to the public easily via the Web, and vigorously promoted the availability and the value of this history. In its work, the JWA has activated and engaged a segment of the population that has not previously been involved in "history." Consequently, it has created a new market for new (neglected) American history. This is no small feat; and one of great importance in an age where "history" is yesterday and "ancient history" is last year.

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technology and in their (electronic) publications

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

Most professional and very dedicated

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

become the leading popolarizer of history in the American Jewish world

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About every six months

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2009-6-01

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This site has so much information about Jewish women that is informative, interesting, and fascinating. I've found facts to share and enlighten my listeners.

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

reading about fascinating women

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About every six months

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2009-10-01

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I especially look forward to the "Links" as it serves as a lens to focus my attention on what is important in the world of American Jewery, and Jewish American women.

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followed its online guide to interesting Internet sites.

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About every week

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2009-10-01

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5 people found this review helpful

J.W.A. has made me more aware of the role of Jewish women in the history of the Women's Sufferage Movement in the United States. Beverly N. Jacobs Metairie, La.

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

The internet pages ae easy to navigate

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About every month

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2009-10-01

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4 people found this review helpful

JWA's website is the first and last place I check when I want to know anything and everything about Jewish women's history. I've used the site when teaching my 7th grade religious school class and while teaching a college course. The website is engaging and interactive. The staff is incredibly responsive and helpful. I'm so proud to be associated with JWA!

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

how responsive and friendly the staff is. I've loved the posters, the physical displays, the notepads to hand out at events.....

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About every month

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2009-9-01

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4 people found this review helpful

I helped create a pilot project for the archives at the beginning of its' exploration of how best to outreach to a broad audience for stories, funding and expansion of a core idea and ideal. It took shape as an oral history project, an art exhibit, and a historical exhibit and it involved three organizations working together to bring about this very rewarding community event. It was replicated in two other cities and proved to be a successful event.

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

Exceptional educators, historians and innovators looking to engaged women at all levels, and to document their lives with repsect and great care.

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About every month

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2009-1-01

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Within its relatively short history, the Jewish Women's Archive has become a leader and a powerful voice not only in the Jewish community, but beyond. The JWA is making a significant impact, both in bringing much needed attention to the lives and voices of American Jewish women, but also as a leader in creative thinking and innovation in its uses of modern information technology. Through the vision of its director, Gail Reimer, and its dedicated staff, the JWA has become a trusted and indispensable resource for all in raising awareness and interest in the history of American Jewish women and in advocating for the rights and concerns of women of all ages, backgrounds and beliefs.

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

the energy, vision, creativity and passion that everyone associated with the organization brings to their work

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About every six months

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2009-1-01

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The Jewish Women's Archive provides exceptional services to educational institutions around the country. The information gathered and distributed by the Archive is truly one of a kind. It is in-depth information that has not been provided to educational institutions in any other form.We have utilized lesson plans and materials provided by the Archive in Lexington Kentucky and it has really enriched our educational programming.

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I have personally participated in the programming.

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

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

Personnel are exceptionally well-qualified

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

Excellent

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

provide speakers and resources over the entire country

Ways to make it better...

No suggestions.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Expansion

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About every week

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2009-10-01

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4 people found this review helpful

The Jewish Women's Archive provides wonderful materials for my students and for my own scholarship. The American Jewess on-line edition, which it makes available, is a fabulous resource, and has been used by many of my students as the basis for research papers. The Encyclopedia of Jewish Women, made available through its website, is an invaluable secondary source, which I use regularly. Its articles on American Jewish women are as a rule definitive and well-written. Anyone interested in American Jewish women should find material of value on the JWA website. Jonathan D. Sarna, Brandeis University

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

helping students and scholars.

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About every six months

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2009-10-01

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