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October 9, 2009

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October 9, 2009

Jewish Women's Archive is a visionary organization which understands the value of preserving and presenting Jewish women's history and stories in a completely accessible medium. The genius of its founder, Gail Riemer, which was almost revolutionary at the time of its founding, was to have the "Archive" in a virtual rather than a physical form... thereby making it both far more robust and far more accessible than a traditional archive. It provides an extraordinary resource for both casual and scholarly interests.

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

truly exceptional individuals. Full of commitment and passion for this organization

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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I am an education director of a large religious school, and also do a lot of teacher training in our local area. I use the website for planning curriculum content and activity ideas, as a resource for historical facts and information and to download copies of primary source documents. It is the only Jewish website that I have found where I can find primary source materials in depth, and then the added bonus is the lesson plans. Last year, I presented a workshop (titled "History Alive"on using primary souce documents to teach history in the religious school -the two places I used for research, materials and teaching ideas was JWA and the Library of Congress. I believe that the JWA website is equal to the material on the Library of Congress Website and combining materials from both sites allowed me to present activities and content that was well-rounded. The workshop was well-received by the 35 participants.

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

using the website to create great lessons

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

add more and more!

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

everything is right there on the website, and well-organized.

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

have had personal contact with most of the staff, and all were kind, committed to the mission of the organization, listening to users of the website and their products and very helpful

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

Archive ALL Jewish historic materials and make it accessible to the public on a free website. Also continue to run more and more training workshops showing people how to use the material and make history come alive. And then finally develop an web museu

Ways to make it better...

there was more primary source materials, and more lesson plan ideas.

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

I would imagine it is money to hire people to make the archival information web accessible.

One thing I'd also say is that...

This is a great organization that serve the Jewish community well!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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This is one of the best and most comprehensive achival teaching tools on the net. Not only does the website contain interesting and useful information, it presents it in a way that is entertaining and eminently understandable. The material you can find here can be used, either via the "Go and Learn" curricula, or by independent design, across grade levels. The JWA has something for every type of educator interested in teaching about some of the greatest American women of the modern age.

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

its application to my teaching. JWA has been an invaluable tool in the designing of ongoing Jewish after school programs for grades 4-12.

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

gaining new ideas and ways to implement meaningful projects into our existing programs.

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

beyond helpful and extraordinarily friendly.

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

change the way the world thinks about American Jewish women.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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I had the opportunity to participate in the "Institute for Educators" in Summer 2008 through a fully subsized scholarship. The experience I received cannot be put into words--from the well-knowledgable participants to the wealth of support offered from the staff, I came back to my congregational school armed with ideas to educate future generations of Jewish youth, both men and women! I continue to utilize the media and sources on the JWA website with students who might normally feel that experiences of Jewish women are not relevant to them. It is truly amazing to see their faces and hear their comments when they have an "aha" moment through their learning and realize the impact that history and women have had on their lives. I appreciate the continued connection with JWA staff, especially their excitement and resourcefulness in thinking outside the box for new ways to reach our Jewish youth. Todah Rabah to JWA for all that they do. It is an amazing organization that deserves all the support and recognition possible!

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

the JWA website, an unparalleled learning experience, a wealth of continued support

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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...

Great resources, an opportunity to celebrate Jewish Women.

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

educators, mentors, and colleagues who always made us feel like a part of the family.

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

provide additional opportunities for Jewish educators and Jewish youth.

Ways to make it better...

my experience was complete

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

financial support during a tough economic time.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Thank you for all that you do.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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We LOVE JWA and their curricular materials, especially the Go and Learn fully-developed lesson plans. The Educators' Summer Conference gave us an opportunity to fully develop an educational program that I delivered and have been invited to do again. Their online archive is amazing as is their Oral History guidebook.

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

I have been invited to deliver for a second tiem the program I developed under the JWA's auspices.

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

The caliber of professors, instructors, and staff they brought to the summer conference.

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

continue to pay generous stipends to their attendees. I truly felt my time was honored when I received a stipend.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 8, 2009

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October 8, 2009

Not only do I support the Jewish Women's Archive and its mission, but I have had the pleasure of personally benefitting from their work. My granddaughter was given an assignment to write about a Jewish woman made an important contribution to American life. Through the Jewish Women's Archive, she found several women in sports, commerce, and community life whom she admired but didn't know where Jewish. She now regularly refers her friends to the JWA website and aspires to become a Jewish woman who will make her own important contributions. Her 23 first cousins (girls and boys) have joined her as fans of the Jewish Women's Archive, too.

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

Expand its work to include many more stories -- both first person and through documented research. It could also train more educators to include, in their cirricula, the role of women in shaping American Jewish life.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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