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JWA Staff

Judith Rosenbaum, Ph.D., Executive Director

Judith Rosenbaum

Judith Rosenbaum is Executive Director of the Jewish Women’s Archive, a pioneering national organization that documents Jewish women’s stories, elevates their voices, and inspires them to be agents of change.

An educator, historian, and writer, Judith served for nearly a decade as JWA’s Director of Public History and Director of Education, developing its major programs and educational initiatives.

Judith earned a BA in History from Yale University and a PhD in American Studies from Brown University. She won a Fulbright Fellowship to study women’s collective communities in Israel, and received a dissertation grant from the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study to pursue research on the women’s health movement. Judith has taught and lectured widely on Jewish studies and women’s studies at institutions including Brown University, Boston University, Hebrew College, and Gann Academy. She also serves on the faculty of the Bronfman Youth Fellowships.

Judith Rosenbaum regularly publishes in both academic and popular journals and blogs including Tablet, the Forward, the Huffington Post, the Jewish Week, Tikkun magazine, Sh’ma magazine, PresenTense, Reform Judaism magazine, MyJewishLearning,, and Role/Reboot, as well as in several anthologies, including Gender and Jewish History, Women of Katrina, Righteous Indignation: A Jewish Call for Justice, and The Women’s Passover Companion: Women’s Reflections on the Festival of Freedom. She is currently co-editing an anthology that explores contemporary redefinitions of the “Jewish mother.”

Email Judith Rosenbaum / Tel: (617) 383-6752

Dina Adelsky, Director of Development

Dina Adelsky

Dina Adelsky was born in Russia and immigrated to Boston with her family at age 3. The kindness and philanthropy of American Jewry, concerned with the future of the Jewish people, gave Dina the opportunity to receive a Jewish education and form a strong values-based Jewish identity. Dina received her BA and MA in Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan, and served as a year-long Jewish Service Corps fellow in Odessa, Ukraine through the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee. Before joining JWA, she worked in development in a variety of settings, including Jewish day schools and a major Boston medical center. Grateful for the generosity of strangers and having a deep appreciation for the value of “paying it forward,” Dina is honored to develop connections between philanthropic individuals and the Jewish Women’s Archive so that the next generation can continue to build on the important achievements of our ancestors.

Email Dina Adelsky / Tel: (617) 383-6767

Bella Book, Executive Assistant and Office Manager

Bella Book

Bella Book grew up in Whitsett, North Carolina, before attending Mount Holyoke College where she recently earned a BA in English and in History. She discovered her love of gender studies and women’s history while studying at the University of Edinburgh during her junior year abroad. This experience led to an extensive research project on women and the physical body in Victorian Literature, which culminated in an honors thesis. After years of community involvement, data entry, research, and editing, Bella is excited to bring her organizational skills and love for women’s stories to JWA.

Email Bella Book / Tel: (617) 383-6751

Patrick Dash, Web Developer

Patrick Dash brings his enthusiasm, technical knowledge, and passion for web development to JWA. Patrick studied English at Boston University, where he also discovered his interest in web design, building a new website for the Student Activities Office. He has since worked for various companies designing and maintaining websites, and spent several years working for a student financing company in many capacities, including Information Management. Patrick is excited to continue his career at JWA.

Email Patrick Dash / Tel: (617) 383-6761

Lisa Feld, Web Content Editor

Lisa Feld

Lisa Feld has edited a wide range of websites and academic journals. She is excited to bring her deep sense of curiosity and love of language to her role as web content editor for the Jewish Women’s Archive. She holds a BA in medieval studies from Bard College and an MFA in creative writing from Colorado State University. She is also a novelist, drawing her inspiration from history and folklore, stories of what was, what might have been, and what might yet be.

Email Lisa Feld / Tel: (617) 383-6753

Rachel King, Director of Marketing and Communications

Rachel King

Rachel King brings more than 20 years professional experience in marketing, public relations, and development to JWA. She has worked in senior management for a range of cultural and educational institutions in the Greater Boston area, while also running her own communications consulting business. She is delighted to apply her interest in history, women’s studies, and Judaism to promoting JWA’s innovative work on- and offline. Rachel is a magna cum laude graduate of Brown University and holds a Master’s degree in English and American Literature from Columbia University. In her volunteer life, she is newsletter editor for the Newton Public Schools and serves on two committees at Temple Shalom of Newton. She lives in Newton, MA, with her husband, three bright teenagers, and one not-so-bright dog.

Email Rachel King / Tel: (617) 860-3010

Larisa Klebe, Program Manager

Larisa Klebe

Larisa Klebe brings a background in Jewish Education and a passion for studying and teaching history to her role as Program Manager at the Jewish Women’s Archive. She is excited for the opportunities that her position gives her to combine her professional and educational experiences. Larisa earned a BA from Brandeis University in History and European Cultural Studies with a minor in Music, and an MA from Tufts University in History and Museum Studies. Before returning to school for her Master's degree, she worked as the Youth Educator at Temple Ohabei Shalom in Brookline. In her spare time, Larisa volunteers at The Vilna Shul: Boston’s Center for Jewish Culture, and teaches Zumba in the Boston area.

Email Larisa Klebe / Tel: (617) 383-6764

Tara Metal, Director of Engagement and Social Media

Tara Metal

Tara Metal combines her love of writing and editing with her passion for history and storytelling in her role as Director of Engagement and Social Media at the Jewish Women’s Archive. Prior to joining JWA, Tara served as Marketing Coordinator at Harvard Book Store, where she began her professional life as a bookseller. She earned her BA from Brandeis University in European Cultural Studies and Art History with minors in Women’s and Gender Studies and English Literature.

Email Tara Metal / Tel: (617) 383-6756

Mikki Pugh, Director of Programs and Education

Mikki Pugh

Mikki Pugh is a Boston native, born and raised in the small but mighty Jewish community of West Roxbury. An alumna of Solomon Schechter Day School and Boston Latin, Mikki went on to earn a BA in Psychology and Women’s Studies at Skidmore College, ultimately receiving her MSW from UNC Chapel Hill. Mikki has over ten years of experience in program design and management, focusing on gender-specific mentoring, curriculum development, and women’s health. She is also a licensed yoga teacher and long-time meditation practitioner, serving as a volunteer in underserved communities throughout Greater Boston. Mikki is thrilled to apply her passion for women’s rights, spirituality, and program design to her role as Director of Programs and Education at JWA.

Email Mikki Pugh / Tel: (617) 383-6763

2016 Summer Interns 

Genna Bromley, Social Media and Engagement Intern

Genna Bromley, Intern Headshot, Summer 2016

Genna Bromley is a graduate of Chapman University, where she obtained a BFA in Creative Producing for Film and TV. When not working as a Social Media and Engagement intern at JWA, Genna is working on her dual Master's degrees for Elementary Education/Children's Literature at Simmons College. Genna loves Boston sports, British history, and her beagle, London. She is SO excited to be working at such an amazing place as JWA, surrounded by kind, passionate, and incredibly talented people!

Email Genna Bromley / Tel: (617) 383-6751

Mitali Desai, Social Media and Engagement Intern

Mitali Desai, Intern Headshot, Summer 2016

Mitali Desai is a rising sophomore at Smith College, where she is double majoring in English and Anthropology. Her passion for intersectional feminism began in high school when, after reading Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions, she co-created a feminism club. At Smith College, she writes for the Sophia newspaper, volunteers at the Smith College Museum of Art and performs with SIKOS, Smith’s improv group. After using JWA’s resources to write history papers and research the women’s movement throughout her academic career, she is thrilled to be behind the scenes as a social media and engagement intern of such an impactful non-profit.

Email Mitali Desai / Tel: (617) 383-6751

Gail Twersky Reimer, Ph.D., Founding Director

Gail Reimer

A graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, Reimer began her professional career as a faculty member of Wellesley College shortly after receiving her PhD in English and American Literature from Rutgers University. In the early 1990’s, while serving as Associate Director of the Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities, Reimer conceived and co-edited two anthologies of Jewish women’s writings – Reading Ruth:Women Reclaim a Sacred Story and Beginning Anew: A Woman’s Companion to the High Holy Days. This work led to the founding of the Jewish Women’s Archive in 1995. Reimer’s leadership of JWA has been acknowledged with numerous awards including being named by The Forward (2001) as one of the 50 most influential Jews of the year and by Womens e-news (2006) as one of its 21 Leaders for the 21st century, honored by Auburn Theological Seminary (2011) at its “Lives of Commitment” event, and awarded the Dr. Benjamin J. Shevach Memorial Award for distinguished achievement in Jewish educational leadership by Hebrew College (2011); the American Jewish Distinguished Service Award from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (2012) and the Lee Max Friedman award for distinguished service in the field of American Jewish History by the American Jewish Historical Society (2014).

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