Gail Twersky Reimer, Ph.D., Executive Director
Gail Twersky Reimer is Founding Director of the Jewish Women’s Archive, a pioneering organization dedicated to uncovering, chronicling and transmitting the rich legacy of Jewish women in North America.
A graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, Reimer received her Ph.D. in English and American Literature from Rutgers University. She began her professional career as a faculty member at Wellesley College where she was awarded fellowships from the American Association of University Women and the Bunting Institute at Radcliffe College and received the prestigious Pinanski Prize for excellence in teaching.
From 1988 to 1995, Dr. Reimer was Associate Director of the Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities (MFH), the state-based program of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
In the early 1990s, Reimer conceived and co-edited two path-breaking 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.
The Jewish Women’s Archive has become a leading advocate for and center of education in Jewish women’s history, ensuring that we remember the women who came before us, honor the women among us, and inspire those who will follow us. Reimer’s leadership of JWA has been acknowledged with numerous awards including being named by The Forward as one of the 50 most influential Jews of the year in 2001 and by Womens e-news in 2006 as one of its “21 Leaders for the 21st Century,” and in 2011 being honored by Auburn Theological Seminary at its “Lives of Commitment” event and by Hebrew College with the Dr. Benjamin J. Shevach Memorial Award for Distinguished Achievement in Jewish Educational Leadership. In 2012, Dr. Reimer was awarded the American Jewish Distinguished Service Award from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR).
Email Gail Reimer / Tel: (617) 383-6752
Stephen Benson, Executive Assistant
Stephen Benson has worked previously in executive administrative positions at the New England Eye Institute, Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, and Jackson & Company public relations. He has taught theatre classes and directed productions at the College of the Holy Cross, Tufts University, Middlesex Community College, and Wilkes University in Pennsylvania. He received his B.A. in English and Theatre from Tufts University.
Email Stephen Benson / Tel: (617) 383-6751
Velda Shaby, Director of Digital Strategy
Velda Shaby is a seasoned software architect with years of experience developing websites as well as creating and evaluating strategies to provide digital solutions to the business community. Her previous experience includes 30+ years working with cutting-edge technology at Digital and Fidelity Investments. She has also devoted her energies to several Jewish communities in the Boston area and draws on these various experiences along with her passion for people and Jewish causes to focus on strategies for JWA's online presence. Velda has a BS in physics and an MS in math and teaches at Northeastern University’s Digital Media Department.
Email Velda Shaby / Tel: (617) 383-6766
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
Tara Metal, Director of Engagement and Social Media
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. Tara is also the editor of a local literary journal and an online art magazine. She earned her B.A. 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
Paula Sinclair, Director of Programs and Partnerships
Paula Sinclair began her professional life as a banker in NYC, but soon realized that she enjoyed writing about her portfolio of companies more than she liked financing them. She became a business journalist, writing about Latin America, business, and technology. Paula re-located to San Francisco in the late 1990s, just in time to write about technology and consult to companies during the boom years. In 2002, she moved to Boston with her family and became Director of Strategy and Communications for Writers’ Express (now Amplify), overseeing all aspects of communications, fundraising and Board development. Most recently she ran Summer Ink, a writing and adventure camp for Boston-area adolescents for four years. Paula is on the Board of Summer Ink and Ramah Outdoor Adventure. She has a BA from Emory University and MA from Columbia University and speaks Hebrew and Spanish.
Email Paula Sinclair / Tel: (617) 383-6764
Etta King, Education Program Manager
Etta King weaves her passions for storytelling, teaching, and community building together in her role as JWA’s Education Program Manager. A recent graduate of the Jewish Organizing Fellowship at JOIN for Justice, she also supports and nurtures JWA's National Educators Network. Etta earned a B.A. in Education Studies from Brandeis University and studied community development in the Washington Semester Program at American University. Before joining JWA, Etta taught at the Leslie Science and Nature Center in Ann Arbor, MI, as well as with Boston-Area Jewish Education Program (BJEP) in Waltham, MA, and co-directed an improvisational community theater company.
Email Etta King / Tel: (617) 383-6763
Lisa Feld, Web Content Editor
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
Miriam Cantor-Stone, Education Program Assistant
Miriam B. Cantor-Stone graduated from Mount Holyoke College in 2012 with a Bachelor’s in Religion and Gender Studies while also working as a Tour Guide and Harriet Newhall Fellow for the Office of Admission. She is thrilled to bring together three of her passions—Judaism, women, and stories/history—in her work as the Education Assistant at JWA. Before joining the JWA Team as an intern in June 2013, she worked for Lilith Magazine and Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion Museum in New York. When she's not working at JWA, she sings in Voices Rising (an all-female feminist chorus based in Boston), knits, cooks, and writes for the blog Jewschool.
Email Miriam Cantor-Stone / Tel: (617) 383-6762
How to cite this page
Jewish Women's Archive. "JWA Staff." (Viewed on August 27, 2014) <http://jwa.org/aboutjwa/whoweare>.