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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

10 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 4

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.
Jan Poddebsky
Sydney

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.