JWA News Release: March 23, 2005
Women Who Take Risks Honored by Jewish Women's Archive and Women's Philanthropy at CJP at Community Event and Online
Brookline, MA, March 23, 2005—The Jewish Women's Archive (JWA) and Women's Philanthropy at Combined Jewish Philanthropies are honoring six outstanding Jewish women who have dared to stand up for the rights of others. The Women Who Dared awards ceremony takes place on Tuesday, April 5 at 6:30 PM at Temple Israel in Brookline, providing an opportunity to publicly celebrate these contemporary Jewish women activists who have worked on behalf of human rights and social justice. Tickets are $55 per person and can be ordered online at jwa.org.
The honorees have all taken risks on behalf of issues that range from investigating human rights abuses to promoting a two-state solution, from educating disadvantaged youth to working for the inclusion of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities within Judaism.
The Boston honorees for 2005:
- Rita Arditti's life combines her love of scientific research and commitment to women's issues and social justice. Born in Argentina, her groundbreaking writings on Argentinean grandmothers' search for their grandchildren who disappeared during the military dictatorship helped bring international attention to this issue.
- Diane Balser is an educator, community organizer and trainer. Her life long commitment to peace and justice has led her to strongly advocate for a two-state solution fostering peace in the Middle East.
- Idit Klein founded and directs Keshet, an organization promoting awareness of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender issues in the Jewish community locally and internationally.
- Pamela Sussman Paternoster's belief that mathematic literacy is a civil right motivates her work to provide math skills to students in disadvantaged communities.
- Judy Wolf and Sue Wolf-Fordham are a mother and daughter team dedicated to addressing the needs of people with disabilities in both Greater Boston and the Ukraine
In conjunction with this event, a multimedia web exhibit on JWA's website, http://jwa.org, will feature in-depth interviews with each of the honorees. The exhibit offers biographical information, interviews, and photographs, exploring each woman's perspective on being a Jewish woman activist.
Women Who Dared is a national program of the Jewish Women's Archive. Through community events and web exhibits, JWA seeks to demonstrate the varied character of Jewish women's activism, to honor local activists, and to provide role models for the next generation. JWA has already co-sponsored Women Who Dared events this year in New Orleans and Chicago. The Women Who Dared program is partially funded by the Dorot Foundation in honor of Alice Shalvi and Deborah Lipstadt.
"As part of the national celebrations of 350 years of Jewish life in North America," said JWA Executive Director Gail Twersky Reimer, "JWA is celebrating a 350-year history of Jewish women-women who built communities in the past, and women who are transforming our communities in the present."
The Jewish Women's Archive (JWA) is a national, nonprofit organization with a mission to uncover, chronicle and transmit the rich legacy of Jewish women and their contributions to our families and our communities, to our people and our world. Founded in Boston in 1995, JWA continues to innovate in its use of the virtual world for academic, cultural, archival and educational purposes. For the 350th anniversary of Jewish life in North America, being commemorated in 2004, JWA has served as coordinator and catalyst for programs focused on women and their contributions. Many of JWA's resources are available 24/7 at jwa.org.