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,, 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. 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
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 ( 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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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.

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.

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