Jewish Women's Archive is an excellent organization that provides a much-needed platform for women's voices. They provide excellent educational resources for the lay person and the scholar alike. JWA is a truly valuable resource that deserves lots of support!
JWA is an amazing resource for all things about Jewish Women! The historic materials available on their site as well as their current contributions to the conversation about Jewish Women keep me motivated to support and encourage others to use JWA. The two most impressive and inspiring aspects of JWA are their innovative section called Power Couples [jwa.org/powercouples] and the Rising Voices fellowship[ jwa.org/blog/risingvoices.]
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.
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!
I’m not Jewish. I’m not a woman. And yet I’m taking the time to write a review about Jewish Women’s Archive. Why? Because they’ve taken time to help me. Recently I visited their award-winning site to access some educational material. When I requested personalized assistance, the response was immediate and exceeded expectations. If there was a contest for “people behind-the-scenes of award-winning websites,” these folks would win.
Jewish Women's Archive has a great staff that readily provides materials for educators that are current and poignant. Tech savvy, friendly and providing workshops, this organization is a gem. As an independent eductor the resources and outreach have supported me in bringing the work of our tradtion forward. Thank you for being there.
I am a Jewish Feminist global activist who using the Jewish Women's Archives as a resource both personally and professionally as a public health nurse and health reporter.
It is where I can find academic resources, great tools for the global activism I am involved in and make a call to them when I need something for an interview or personal Jewish life event.
Glad they exist.
Without this organization, the stories of Jewish women would be lost . Since JWA was established, Jewish women are being reclaimed and are becoming part of the telling of history. The website offers accessible information and provides information and role models for girls growing up today.
this is a great website. even though I'm not an American I find it super useful, especially the history stuff. It's so important that women's history doesn't get lost. They do their best to preserve and keep women's history, and especially the history of Jewish women, who tend to be the unseen, unspoken holders up of Jewish tradition - without whom Jewish tradition wouldn't even exist!
The Jewish Women's Archive is just great.
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
It's hard to know how to choose a catagory in the above "Your role." I settled on "client served," since that was my first encounter with JWA, and certainly continues today. As a supplementary school Jewish educator, I'm always looking for resources that will engage my students in their Jewish heritage. While searching for information on the Jewish role in the Civil Right Movement, I found their curriculum, rich in primary sources, It really helped me bring the experience of that time to my students.
I have since participated in the JWA Educator Institute where I was not only able to get valuable training in using their curriculum and sources, but became connected with other educators from across the country. JWA encourages educators to make the curriculum their own, supporting us with guidance to find the materials we need, and giving us a forum to bounce ideas off others.
Jewish Women's Archive is an organization that works hard to fulfill its mission to preserve so much of modern Jewish history. They are not concerned with just gathering material and storing it away. They understand the need to bring these stories to the next generations, who can learn from the past to take action in the present, thus making a better future.
I love hearing voices of Jewish women reflected on the JWA blog. The topics are timely, the pieces well-written, and the take away is always a good one.
I am researching a project involving one of the Warsaw Ghetto Fighters and the JWA were very helpful trying to help me track down a relevant publication. They were helpful and friendly.
I am currently revising a training manual that will be used to help people who serve adults to find greater meaning and purpose and to see that aging years as a more positive time of life. I needed a story with a message, and the JWA kindly granted permission for me to use one of their stories. This means a great deal to me because it is a perfect fit for the topic we are talking about. I work for a non-profit department in our community hospital. I believe that this story will ripple out and touch the lives of others. Thank you JWA! Also, the response to my request was immediate.
I am a male and I live in far away Australia, but the JWA has been of great assistance to me in my work. I teach in a Presbyterian and Methodist all girls, Independent (private), secondary day and boarding school and I have often recommended my students to visit this site. The feedback from the girls has been extremely positive. They often say that even though they may not have found exactly what they were looking for, but the information and stories that they encountered there were so engrossing, informative and important that they could not drag themselves away from the site. The site has given the girls a greater world view!
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.
I work for a non-profit in Kansas. We are encouraging uninsured people to enroll for health insurance on the Marketplace. JWA had a unique and invaluable photograph from 1964's Freedom Summer that we thought would help encourage volunteers. We contacted JWA and they were wonderful. They helped us get the permission we needed to use the photo. Many website are hard to contact and unresponsive but JWA was great!
A friend put me onto the Jewish Women's Archive when I was hunting for material for a Master's dissertation on Madam Gertrud Bodenwieser who was my dance teacher's teacher. I completed the MA but the material spilled over into PhD studies which I am pursuing presently. I have used the Archive's invaluable resources for numbers of leads and have been sent off on many research twists and turns, often making unexpected connections as a consequence. Furthermore, I have received prompt and very useful advice from Mr Stephen Benson with enquiries outside the scope of the Archive. I hope the work of augmenting the Archive continues so that younger researchers may avail themselves of its treasures and even contribute to it.
Jewish Women's Archive is an extraordinary organization that does unique work and fills a much-needed role. No other organization is compiling now what will in future be the history of Jewish women, and nowhere else is there this rich treasure trove of information about Jewish women up till now - to explore, dip into, or immerse oneself in, depending on the need or the mood. It is an incredibly versatile and precious resource. JWA's Jewish Women's Encyclopedia in particular is something I make frequent use of, and refer others to. It is an extraordinary and wonderful piece of scholarship. I can barely imagine the landscape of Jewish feminist history and knowledge without the JWA.
What's remarkable about JWA: first, the only organization I've every dealt with in which everyone (board and staff) has put aside personal matters and concentrates on the JWA tasks at hand. Second--this lack of self-importance has made JWA flexible, open and remarkably effective. Its web-site and newsletters are always interesting, never static. I've learned a lot about the ways history intersects with private and public life. I'm particularly impressed with the way it uses direct means (meetings, study guides, conferences) in conjunction with web-based opportunities. Open 24/7, no appointments needed--who could ask for a better organization?
JWA afforded me an opportunity to express my thoughts and feelings after my Mother passed away, the year after Katrina. I read and reread my thoughts over and over. It is very comforting. Since that time, I follow the site and have found, it to be an organization that expresses and extols the achievements of a Jewish woman. There are great among us and their stories must be told.
JWA has inspired a new direction in both my interests and my teaching. The beautifully crafted summer teacher workshops they conduct have opened a door to a world of expansive resources and collegial connections which I have only begun to plumb. I have changed direction in the electives I offer to upperclassmen at the school where I teach, because the support of the website and the publications of JWA provide me with the materials and confidence I require to take this new curricular direction.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
I love that the JWA is telling the stories of women doers and activists, many of whom have not been recognized publicly before. I love that it is frankly feminist in its perspective and that it melds the woman's Jewish story with her secular story--no other group does that yet each of us is a tapestry of these cultural threads. And if you haven't seen the excellent video about Jewish comediennes, "Making Trouble", get it right away--you're in for a treat.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.