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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, Rosenbaum served for nearly a decade as JWA’s Director of Public History and Director of Education, developing its major programs and educational initiatives.

Rosenbaum 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. Rosenbaum 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.

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, Kveller.com, 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

Stephen Benson, Executive Assistant

Stephen Benson

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

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

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

Programs

Paula Sinclair, Director of Programs and Partnerships

Paula Sinclair

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

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

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 Cantor-Stone

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

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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