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What's Happening @ JWA

A Celebration of Community and Jewish Women’s Leadership

On June 16, 2015 in New Orleans, join Jewish Women’s Archive Executive Director Judith Rosenbaum and oral historian Rosalind Hinton for a lively conversation and panel discussion. The panel of local women will explore the impact of women’s leadership during the hurricane and beyond, and assess the state of Jewish women’s leadership in New Orleans today.

The event is co-sponsored by JWA, Hadassah, and the National Council of Jewish Women in commemoration of the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. There will be a screening of excerpts from the Jewish Women’s Archive’s Katrina’s Jewish Voices oral history collection.

The program is $10 per person. Please register here.

A Celebration of Community and Jewish Women's Leadership
Tuesday, June 16, 2015
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Touro Synagogue
4238 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70115
Registration: $10 per person
Dietary laws observed; light refreshments served
Co-sponsored by JWA, Hadassah, and the National Council of Jewish Women

JWA Co-sponsors Evening with Vivian Gornick at the Tenement Museum

Vivian Gornick, author of Fierce Attachments, presents her newest book, a memoir in which she explores the rhythms, chance encounters, and ever-changing friendships of urban life that forge the sensibility of a fiercely independent woman. Writer Rochelle Gurstein joins Gornick in conversation.

This event is free and seating is first-come, first-served. Doors will open at 6pm. Books will be available for purchase with a 15% discount.

Vivian Gornick and The Odd Woman and the City
Wednesday, May 20, 2015, at 6:30 p.m.
The Tenement Museum
103 Orchard Street, New York, NY 10002
For questions, contact Laura Lee at or 212.431.0233 ext. 259.
Co-sponsored by JWA

The Outrageous Sophie Tucker

JWA co-presents The Outrageous Sophie Tucker on May 10 at the West Newton Cinema. This new film captures the rags to riches story of the iconic superstar, who was born in Russia to a poor Orthodox family and fought her way to stardom in vaudeville, Broadway, radio, television, and Hollywood. Over the course of her long career, Tucker was beloved for a bold, bawdy, and brassy style unlike any other. The film features interviews with Tony Bennett, Barbara Walters, and others, as well as wonderful archival material drawn from Tucker’s 400 scrapbooks. Producers Susan and Lloyd Ecker will be present at the screening to share their journey to retrace Tucker's 60-year career in show business.

The May 10 screening is part of the National Center for Jewish Film's 2015 Film Festival.

Film Screening of The Outrageous Sophie Tucker
Co-presented by the National Center for Jewish Film and the Jewish Women's Archive
Sunday, May 10, 2015
2:30 p.m.
West Newton Cinema
1296 Washington Street, Newton, MA 02465
Information and tickets 

An Evening in Honor of Poet Ida Maze

To celebrate National Poetry Month, join JWA for The “Den Mother of Yiddish Montreal”: An Evening in Honor of Poet Ida Maze, at the historic Vilna Shul, Boston’s Center for Jewish Culture. Co-sponsored by JWA and the Boston Yiddish-Hoyz, the event features readings of poetry by Canadian writer Ida Maze and a screening of a new short film about Maze, produced by the Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project. In attendance at the event will be Irving Massey, Maze's youngest son and professor emeritus of English and Comparative Literature at SUNY Buffalo, who will participate in an audience discussion after the screening. 

The program is free and open to the public. RSVPs required

“The Den Mother of Yiddish Montreal”: An Evening in Honor of Ida Maze
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
7:00 p.m.
Vilna Shul
18 Phillips Street, Boston
RSVP here 

Judith Rosenbaum Becomes Executive Director of the Jewish Women's Archive

In September 2014, historian Dr. Judith Rosenbaum became the Executive Director of the Jewish Women’s Archive (JWA), the world’s leading organization chronicling the stories of Jewish women, past and present, all online at JWA’s founding Executive Director Dr. Gail Reimer announced Rosenbaum's appointment at JWA’s 18th Anniversary Celebration on May 5, 2014 in New York City. "I’m proud of JWA’s success thus far, and our work is far from finished," said Rosenbaum. "I am eager to deepen and broaden JWA’s impact by sharing how the stories of Jewish women can move and inspire action for a just world." Read full press release.

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