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October 12, 2013

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October 12, 2013

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

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

no changes, they are doing an admirable job.

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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

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

October 7, 2013

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October 7, 2013

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.

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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

October 15, 2009

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October 15, 2009

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.

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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

October 15, 2009

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October 15, 2009

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.

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

inspiring in their enthusiasm, passion, and dedication.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 14, 2009

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October 14, 2009

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

technology and in their (electronic) publications

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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

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 12, 2009

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October 12, 2009

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.

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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

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 10, 2009

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October 10, 2009

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

helping students and scholars.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 9, 2009

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October 9, 2009

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

teaching and in my own research

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 9, 2009

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October 9, 2009

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

October 9, 2009

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October 9, 2009

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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