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Jewish Women's Archive

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Causes: Arts & Culture, Historical Organizations, Judaism, Religion, Women, Womens Studies

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.

Programs: In fy 15, we relaunched a redesigned website that improves the user experience, expands our capability to add information to the site, and improves mobile use of the site. We launched our first national cohort of the rising voices fellowship for teenage girls, and grew the number of participants by 50%. Over the past year, we have increased our social media presence by 21%. We also increased participation in our online learning programs by 25% and further developed our presence in the jewish educational communities of the san francisco bay area and new york city through two educator workshops.

Community Stories

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters



Rating: 5

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.



Rating: 5

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.

4 Gloria Feldt


Rating: 5

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.