In JWA Executive Director Gail T. Reimer’s sunny office you will find this print by artist Joan Snyder. Commissioned by The Jewish Museum in New York City, it includes the names of every woman, Jewish and non Jewish, whose name appears in the Bible. Joan Snyder and a photograph of her print by Sheldan Collins are featured in JWA’s exhibit Jewish Women and the Feminist Revolution.
Before founding JWA in 1995, Gail T. Reimer conceived and co-edited the path-breaking anthology of Jewish women’s writings—Reading Ruth: Women Reclaim a Sacred Story. Working on this project led Gail to see that contemporary Jewish women’s stories were likely to suffer the same fate as Biblical women’s stories if something weren’t done about collecting and preserving them. That realization led to the founding of the Jewish Women’s Archive.