JWA News Release: October 24, 2005
Natalia Twersky Prize for Outstanding Student Research
2006 Prize For Undergraduate Essays Relating to The American Jewess
Jewish Women's Archive (JWA) offers an undergraduate writing prize for essays or research papers that draw upon The American Jewess.
Prize: $ 350
Eligibility: Open to any undergraduate male or female.
Requirements: Submissions must be from 8-25 pages in length and have been written as part of formal coursework. The winning paper should demonstrate compelling use of The American Jewess as source material. Submissions may be complete or may represent an excerpt from a longer piece.
Submissions must be accompanied by a letter to JWA from a professor confirming that the paper was written as part of coursework for the 2005–2006 academic year. Papers must be submitted electronically.
Deadline: Deadline for submissions is May 15, 2006.
Contact Info: email us
Published between 1895 and 1899, The American Jewess was the first English-language publication for American Jewish women. It offered an evocative range of articles including demands for synagogue membership for women; health, household and fashion tips; early expressions of American Zionism; and short fiction. The American Jewess was unique in offering a rich concentration of varied female and male perspectives about the roles and possibilities for women in American Jewish communities.
Digitization of The American Jewess reflects JWA's commitment to provide users with online access to primary sources in American Jewish women's history.
By giving voice to the aspirations, hopes and fears of Americanizing Jewish women at the end of the 19th century, editor Rosa Sonneschein ensured that their experiences would become part of the record of American history and American Jewish history in the 21st century.
The Jewish Women's Archive is pleased to announce availability of The American Jewess online at jwa.org, and a related undergraduate writing prize.
The websites and programs of the Jewish Women's Archive provide a gateway to the rich history of American Jewish women.