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Community Stories

Discover the stories of whole communities of Jewish women through oral history interviews, videos, and images of objects central to their lives, from cookbook author Joan Nathan's explanation of how she chooses recipes to Holocaust survivor Magda Schaloum's collage made from materials she scavenged in Dachau.

Shirley Silver Selis

Baltimore Stories

From the ordinary to the grand, thirty Baltimore women share their life stories as teachers, businesswomen, philanthropists and communal leaders, as well as mothers, wives, and friends. Together they produce a rich and authentic portrait of a pivotal generation of American Jewish women and their impact on their families, their communities, and the larger society.
Ruth Jungster Frankel

Seattle Stories

Weaving Women’s Words: Seattle Stories showcases thirty women, born in the early 20th century, who made their homes in the Seattle Jewish community.
Joan Nathan

Washington D.C. Stories

Nine Washington, DC women—including award-winning cookbook author Joan Nathan and NPR host and correspondent Susan Stamberg—share stories of their childhood homes, their personal struggles, and their transformative careers in this compelling series of oral history interviews
KJV Menorah

Katrina's Jewish Voices

When Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans and the Gulf Coast on the morning of August 29, 2005, it left in its wake not only broken levees and scattered populations, but the devastation of a unique Jewish community that had been nearly 250 years in the making. Despite the storm's profound impact on the local communities and the dramatic response of the Jewish community nationwide, the Jewish story of Katrina remains largely untold. The Jewish Women's Archive (JWA) organized Katrina's Jewish Voices, a two-part project using online collecting and oral history, to fill the void and ensure that the Jewish experience of this catastrophic event will become a part of the history of America and of American Jewry.

How to cite this page

Jewish Women's Archive. "Community Stories." (Viewed on May 23, 2015) <>.


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