Jewish Women's Archive

Rating: 4.95 stars   39 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  

1 person found this review helpful

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.

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Rating: 4 stars  

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!

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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

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Life-changing

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Definitely

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2012

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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

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

A lot

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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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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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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

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6 people found this review helpful

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.

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

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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

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4 people found this review helpful

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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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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

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helping students and scholars.

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About every six months

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2009-10-01

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4 people found this review helpful

As a university professor I find JWA an indispensable source for students. I teach at a large public research university. The majority of the students I teach are not Jewish and often no very little about Jews and Judaism. The JWA's historical timeline has been tremendously helpful to students in writing papers and reflecting on larger cultural issues. The presence of primary sources, bibliography and more in an easily accessible and beautifully constructed website is a great teaching tool.

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teaching and in my own research

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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