The Global Day of Jewish Learning brings the Jewish people together once a year to celebrate our shared Jewish texts through community-based learning. The guiding values of The Global Day of Jewish Learning are: fostering Jewish unity, empowering individuals through increased Jewish knowledge, and creating meaningful shared experiences.
In this hour of text study and live music, Alicia Jo Rabins and JWA executive director Judith Rosenbaum will give a surprisingly intimate glimpse into the Torah's rarely-examined family life of Miriam and Moses, with the aid of creative interpretations from rabbinic commentaries, visual art, and the contemporary indie-folk midrash of Girls in Trouble.
Join Judith and Alicia Jo at 3:00pm EST on November 16th for what will surely be a lively program.
Presented by the Global Day of Jewish Learning.
If you’ve missed it, here is the recorded program.
Boston Premiere of the film
Little White Lie
Family Secrets, Denial, and Redemption
The director will attend a post-screening discussion.
Saturday, November 15, 2014 6:30pm
Presented as part of the Boston Jewish Film Festival
Co-sponsored with Northeastern University Jewish Studies Program
Little White Lie tells Lacey Schwartz's story of growing up in a typical upper-middle-class Jewish household in Woodstock, NY, with loving parents and a strong sense of her Jewish identity—despite the open questions from those around her about how a white girl could have such dark skin. Armed with her camera, Ms. Schwartz questions her divorced parents, explores a deeply buried family secret, and pulls back the curtain on matters of race and domestic denial. Fiction can't match the power of this sensitive documentary.
Dr. Judith Rosenbaum, JWA Executive Director, will introduce Ms. Schwartz at the event and Dr. Jennifer Sartori, Director of the Jewish Studies Program at Northeastern University will facilitate the Q & A after the screening.
To watch the trailer and buy tickets visit the Boston Jewish Film Festival web page.
All of a Kind Family
An evening panel discussion of the beloved children's book
Wednesday, November 5, 2014 6:30PM (Doors open at 6:00PM)
Co-sponsored by the Jewish Women’s Archive
at the Tenement Museum, 103 Orchard Street at Delancey, New York, NY
For directions visit the Tenement Museum website.
All of a Kind Family, the classic children's book series, helped define and celebrate the Jewish immigrant family experience in early-twentieth-century New York. Now it is re-issued—and ready to inspire a new generation of readers. Bring your sister, your daughter and your own childhood friend to this FREE event, co-sponsored by the Jewish Women’s Archive.
A guest panel will discuss the impact the series had on their lives:
Anna Holmes, founding editor of Jezebel and columnist at The New York Times Book Review
Rebecca Traister, writer of politics and gender for Salon, Elle, and The New Republic
Hasia Diner, historian of American Jewish History at New York University, and JWA Academic Advisory Council member
June Cummins, literature professor at San Diego State University and author of the introductions to the new editions of Taylor's All of a Kind Family book
Lizzie Skurnick, critic, poet, essayist, blogger, author, teacher—and the publisher responsible for bringing this series back into print.
Seating is first-come, first-served. Books will be available for sale with a 15% discount for those in attendance.
Katha Pollitt on Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights
Thursday, October 16, 2014 6:00 PM (doors open at 5:30 PM)
The Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA
The award-winning essayist, poet, and columnist for the Nation discusses her new book.
Presented by Harvard Book Store
Forty years after the landmark Roe v. Wade ruling, "abortion" is still a word that is said with outright hostility by many. With each passing day, the rights upheld by the Supreme Court are being systematically eroded by state laws designed to end abortion outright. In her urgent, controversial book, Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights, Katha Pollitt reframes abortion as a common part of a woman's reproductive life. It is time, Pollitt argues, that we reclaim the lives and the rights of women and mothers. Join us for what promises to be a provocative evening.
$5 admission. For more information, visit the Harvard Bookstore web page.
Celebrating 18 Years of JWA
The Jewish Women’s Archive is celebrating its 18th Anniversary with two festive events. A New York City celebration , hosted by comedian and actress Judy Gold, took place in May. A Boston celebration will be held on September 14, 2014 at 6pm at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum. We’ll honor Founding Director Gail Twersky Reimer, hear from "Unrepentant Advocate" Judge Nancy Gertner, enjoy dinner and a surprise performance, and welcome incoming Executive Director Judith Rosenbaum. To view the 18th Anniversary tributes, please visit the tribute website.
Bread and Roses, Too
Monday, June 24, 2013, 6:30 p.m.
Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street, New York City
The American Labor Movement has always been a place of innovation and activity for Jewish women. Join us for a panel discussion featuring an early innovator, a labor historian, a union leader, and a cultural activist. The multi-generational panel will explore the role Jewish women continue to play. Panelists include Maida Rosenstein, President Local 2110, UAW; Eleanor Tilson, co-founder of the Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW) and Exec Director of 1199 Service Employees International Union Benefit and Pension fund; and Rachel Bernstein, co-founder and co-historian of LABOR ARTS and Adjunct Professor of History at the Program in Public History at NYU. Moderated by Esther Cohen, author, activist, former Executive Director of Bread and Roses. Co-sponsored by the Jewish Women’s Archive and the Center for Jewish History.
$10 general admission; $8 CJH and JWA members, seniors, students.
For advanced tickets, visit the CJH event page.
JWA 2013 Making Trouble/Making History Luncheon
Sunday, March 10, 2013
Museum of Jewish Heritage, New York City
View videos and photos from our third annual luncheon, honoring Bel Kaufman, Rachel Cohen Gerrol and Rachel Sklar.
Up Close and Personal
Sunday, November 18 at 2:30pm
Leventhal-Sidman Jewish Community Center
333 Nahanton Street, Newton, MA 02459
Contact Phone Number: 617-965-5226
$5/JCC member; $8/nonmember
Up Close and Personal, with author Naomi Wolf (Vagina: A Cultural Exploration) and Judy Norsigian, editor and executive director of Our Bodies Ourselves. In conversation with Judith Rosenbaum of Jewish Women’s Archive.
Naomi Wolf, author of seven books including the NY Times bestseller The Beauty Myth presents her exhilarating and groundbreaking work that combines gripping narrative reportage with rigorous lay science and deeply personal considerations of female identity. Judy Norsigian discusses the newly revised and updated edition of Our Bodies, Ourselves which has provided readers with indispensable information on women’s health and sexuality for over 40 years.
A Ryna Greenbaum JCC Boston Jewish Book Fair Book Day event
Co-sponsored by the Jewish Women’s Archive.
Behind the Scenes: Goldie Lustgarten's Kosher Butcher Shop and the Riot of 1902 with Judith Rosenbaum, Annie Polland, and Sarah Lohman
June 19, 2012
The Tenement Museum Shop
103 Orchard Street
New York City
On May 16, 1902 a brick came sailing through the window of Goldie and Israel Lustgarten’s butcher store at 97 Orchard. Incensed at the dramatic increase in the price of meat, immigrant women boycotted and rioted in favor of affordable kosher meat. Over a century later, 97 Orchard is now home to the Tenement Museum, and we will be telling this story as part of our upcoming Shop Life exhibit. Come join historian Judith Rosenbaum from the Jewish Women’s Archive and Annie Polland from the Tenement Museum to discuss the impact of this event on the city. Savor, too, a food tasting from a 1901 Yiddish cookbook, prepared by food historian Sarah Lohman.
The event is free. Seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis beginning at 6:00 p.m. To guarantee a seat with the purchase of the evening's featured book, call 212-431-0233 ext. 212.
CELEBR-8-U: A Moving Traditions conference for Jewish girls in middle and high school
Sunday, April 29, 2012
1860 Washington St.
2:00 to 5:00 p.m.
The event, made possible by a CJP Innovations Grant, will feature workshops and discussions with local experts on a wide range of topics including financial planning, stress management, media literacy, body image and social activism. Participants will also hear from Jennifer Groen, Moving Traditions Director of Education and Program.
In a session called "What's Your Story?" JWA's Education Program Manager Etta King will lead girls as they explore the stories of inspiring women—from politicians to pop-culture icons. Through creative writing and art projects, participants will also tell stories about the people that inspire them and create "Future Life profiles" for themselves and their friends.
$10 in advance, $18 at the door.
To register and for more information
From the Margin to the Mainstream:
Researchers Look at Bat Mitzvah Today
April 24, 2012
The JCC in Manhattan
334 Amsterdam Avenue at 76th Street
New York City
In less than a century, the ritual Bat Mitzvah has grown from a radical experement to a near-universal right of passage for Jewish girls in America. But what do we know about Bat Mitzvah as it exists for the tens of thousands of girls who exerperinece it today? Join researchers from Ma'yan, Moving Traditions, and the Jewish Women's Archive as they examine the contemporary Bat Mitzvah from multiple perspectives, including findings from Ma'yan's project studying Bat Mitzvah with its high school training interns.
The event is free, but registration is requested. For more information or to register, call 646.505.4424, or RSVP online.
JWA Annual Luncheon:
Making Trouble / Making History
Sunday, March 18, 2012
Museum of Jewish Heritage
36 Battery Place, New York City
Join us as we honor Jewish women who share our commitment to making trouble and inspiring change. This year's honorees are Letty Cottin Pogrebin, Elizabeth A. Sackler and Rebecca Traister. Award presentations by Gloria Steinem.
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Luncheon and Program
followed by a viewing of the exhibition Emma Lazarus: Poet of Exiles and a forum on the legacy of Emma Lazarus
For further information or to request an invitation, please contact:
JWA Benefit Office
"Until We Are All Free": Emma Lazarus' Legacy
Sunday, March 18, 2012
Museum of Jewish Heritage
36 Battery Place, New York City
This forum on Lazarus's human rights advocacy will feature Joyce Antler, Samuel Lane Professor of American Jewish History and Culture at Brandeis University; Judith Rosenbaum, Director of Public History at JWA; and Ruth W. Messinger, President of the American Jewish World Service. The discussion is co-sponsored by JWA and presented by the Museum in conjunction with its current exhibit, Emma Lazarus: Poet of Exiles. Cost is $10 general, $7 for students and seniors, $5 for Museum members. No charge for guests attending JWA's Making Trouble/Making History Luncheon. Register online or call 646.437.4202.
February 29, 2012
Leventhal Sidman JCC
333 Nahanton Street
7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Join a community of women for a night of participitory entertainment, featuring actor Jon Adam Ross and performer Shira Kline. Enjoy cocktails (including Estheritas and Vashtinis), and hors d'oeuvres. The event is sponsored by the Jewish Community Centers of Greater Boston, and co-sponsored by JWA, Mayyim Hayyim, and Hadassah New England. Cost is $18 for JCC members and partners; $20 for non-members. Participants are asked to bring full size toiletries (such as toothpaste, deodorant or shampoo), disposable diapers (larger than size two) or a pre-paid phone card to donate to Second Step, an organization that assists survivors of domestic abuse. Register online or call 617.558.6480.
Celebration of Kathy Green's Sailing in Kansas, an American Jewish Memoir
February 5, 2012
160 Herrick Road
Newton Centre, MA
In Sailing in Kansas Green tells the story of her childhood in Leavenworth, Kansas, as well as of her father, an upper-class Berlin Jew (and avid sailor) who wound up in Leavenworth in the course of flight from Germany. A touching story of childhood in the context of extended family and a small, dying Jewish community, the memoir is is also a poignant reflection on life and death, illness, faith, and destiny. It concludes with the story of how a girl from Leavenworth, whose family’s highest ambition for her was that “she marry an accountant from Kansas City,” became a Jewish intellectual and educator, based in Philadelphia and Boston.
Kathy’s daughter Hannah will read from her mother’s memoir, and JWA Executive Director Gail T. Reimer and writer and poet Merle Feld will offer comments on the book. Reception will follow.
Copies of Sailing in Kansas will be available for sale. You can also order the book online at sailinginkansas.com.
Susan Rosenberg presents her prison memoir, An American Radical: Political Prisoner in My Own Country
January 26, 2012
1762 Beacon Street
Susan Rosenberg recounts her journey from the impassioned idealism of the 1960s to life as a political prisoner in her own country. Chronicling the complexity of racial politics, religious expression, and sexual identity, Rosenberg navigates the challenges of being a lesbian and a Jew in prison while reflecting on America’s turbulent coming-of-age over the past half century.
Co-sponsored by Keshet, Boston Workmen’s Circle, JALSA, Jewish Women’s Archive, and Moishe/Kavod House.
American Jews in the Civil Rights Movement panel discussion
Sunday, December 11, 2011
National Museum of American Jewish History
Tickets are $8, free for museum members
1961 marked a pivotal moment in the fight for civil rights. In May of that year, black and white civil rights activists challenged the laws of the segregated south when they rode buses from Washington D.C. into the south together where they met with hostility and violence.
On the 50th anniversary of those Freedom Rides, the National Museum of American Jewish History and the Jewish Women's Archive will commemorate this important moment in American and American Jewish history through a discussion that features first-hand accounts of civil rights activism in the sixties and an exploration of the role of Jewish men and women in the Civil Rights Movement.
The women behind Israel's social justice movement
A discussion with Rachel Liel, NIF’s Executive Director in Israel
Friday, December 9, 2011
Boston YWCA, in the library
140 Clarendon Street, Boston
8:30 to 10:00 a.m.
In Israel, women are leading the movement for social justice. Women were instrumental in this summer’s tent city protests, which involved the largest demonstrations in the country’s history culminating in the establishment of a special government commission to address protestor grievances. Women also head some of Israel’s most prominent civil society organizations and progressive political parties.
Against this backdrop, gender segregation in the Israeli public sphere is growing, women are paid an average of only 62% of men's salaries, and tens of thousands of religious women are trapped in unhappy marriages because their husbands will not grant them a divorce. What do these conflicting pictures tell us about the state of women’s issues in contemporary Israeli society? Rachel Liel will explore this question and also recount recent successes, obstacles, and next steps in Israel’s women’s rights movement.
For more information call (781) 444-7889 or email Rebecca.
An American Poet in the 21st Century: A Reading and Discussion
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
421 Snell Library
Please join us for the second program in the Emma Lazarus series, which will feature a reading by American poet, Louise Glück. She is the author of numerous books of poetry including A Village Life: Poems; Averno, which was a finalist for the 2006 National Book Award in Poetry; The Seven Ages; and Vita Nova, winner of Boston Book Review's Bingham Poetry Prize and The New Yorker's Book Award in Poetry. This program will be hosted by Mary Loeffelholz, Northeastern University Professor of English and Vice Provost for Academic Affairs. The event is free and open to the public.
Today I Am a Woman: Stories of Bat Mitzvah around the world and in Boston
Sunday, November 20, 2011
Discover bat mitzvah stories from around the world, meet other bat mitzvah girls, create a craft project, and explore your own bat mitzvah story with maps, writing, interviews, and art! To reserve a spot, please register by November 16th. Fee: $18 per girl; girls must be accompanied by an adult. Scholarships available. This event is co-sponsored by Hadassah-Brandeis Institute, Mayyim Hayyim, Jewish Women's Archive, Temple Reyim, and the Synagogue Council of Massachusetts.
“Breath Made Visible” A film and forum about dancer and choreographer Anna Halprin
Sunday, November 13, 2011 at 12:30 pm
Museum of Fine Arts
For more than half a century Anna Halprin, who is still dancing at 90+, has been breaking with convention and inspiring new directions in dance, theatre, art, expressive therapy and community rituals. What shaped her? The film and Q&A with director Ruedi Gerber will be followed by an interactive forum to explore various influences on Halprin's work including her Jewish origins, gender, dance training and colleagues, marriage, social and political activism, environmentalism, and her confrontation with cancer and aging.
Emma Lazarus: Voice of Liberty, Voice of Conscience Opening Program
Thursday, October 27, 2011 at 6 pm
Snell Library, First Floor
This panel discussion will examine immigrant communities and the history and evolution of immigration policies. The panel will be moderated by the Director of the Jewish Studies Program, Lori Lefkovitz. Other speakers include: Kitty Dukakis, social activist, author and wife of the former MA Governor; Rachel Rosenbloom, Assistant Professor at Northeastern University School of Law; Silvia Dominguez, Assistant Professor of Sociology at Northeastern University, and Barbara Gottschalk, Executive Vice President of Seeds of Peace. This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served in the alumni reading room following the panel discussion from 7:30pm- 8:00pm.
Sex, Power and Speaking Truth: Anita Hill 20 Years Later
Saturday, October 15, 2011
New York City
The conference will bring together three generations to witness, respond and analyze present day realities in law, politics, the confluence of race, class and gender, the persistent questioning of women’s credibility, issues of black masculinity and current cases of sexual harassment. The conference will also include highlights from First Run Feature’s film about Anita Hill’s testimony, "Sex and Justice" and “Speaking Truth to Power,” a performance curated by Eve Ensler.
Thursday, September 15, 2011 at 8 p.m.
Granoff Music Center
Monojat (Fervent Prayer) is a multimedia concert inspired by the poetic prayers of Selihot, recited during the month preceding the Jewish New Year as a means of deep reflection and spiritual preparation. Galeet Dardashti, a composer, singer, and scholar of Iranian descent, re-imagines this ritual in collabortation with an acclaimed ensamble of musicians, an electronic soundscape, and dynamic video projections designed by Dmitry Kmelnitsky.
The Power of Our Stories: Jewish Women's Archive Institute for Educators
July 10–14, 2011
From July 10–14, 2011, the Jewish Women's Archive will host a cohort of educators from across the country at The Power of Our Stories: Institute for Educators. During this intensive professional development opportunity, generously funded by the Dorot Foundation, 25 educators—together with scholars and master teachers—will explore the rich history of Jews and the Civil Rights Movement in America using JWA's new online social justice curriculum Living the Legacy.
The Lives of Commitment Breakfast
Auburn Theological Seminary
May 6, 2011
New York City, NY
JWA's founding Director Gail Twersky Reimer will be honored at the Auburn Theological Seminary's 15th annual Lives of Commitment Breakfast on May 6, 2011. The event honors and celebrates women whose bold leadership bridges religious divides, builds community, and pursues justice. Over the last 15 years, Auburn’s Lives of Commitment Breakfast has recognized 48 women, including Alice Walker, Ruth Messinger, Zainab Salbi and Jane Goodall, whose lives demonstrate a deep commitment to the common good.
The Jewish Princesses of Comedy
Featuring Cory Kahaney, Michele Balan and Adrienne Tolsh
Saturday, April 9 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, April 10 at 2 p.m.
Jewish Community Centers of Greater Boston, Inc.
333 Nahanton Street
Newton, MA 02459
This off-Broadway hit is a tribute to the original queens of comedy, featuring rare TV clips, naughty sketches, hilarious anecdotes and live stand-up by today’s funniest comediennes.
Talk-back after the shows with Jewish Women’s Archive.
Women's Liberation and Jewish Identity
Uncovering a legacy of innovation, activism, and social change
Saturday, April 9 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, April 10 and Monday, April 11
The Goren-Goldstein Center for American Jewish History, New York University
King Juan Carlos Center
53 Washington Square South, New York City
The conference will bring together 40 Jewish women who participated in the women’s liberation and Jewish feminist movements beginning in the late 1960s. These key figures in women’s liberation will reflect on their motivations for becoming activists, the factors and contexts that enabled them, and their continuing journeys as activists. Probing the ways in which Jewish identity, culture and tradition interacted with universal goals for women’s liberation, the conference will provide a forum to explore the goals, objectives, visions, struggles, achievements and legacies of feminist activism. It will conclude with a session of younger Jewish feminists probing issues about feminism, Jewish identity, and activism today.
Conference convened by Joyce Antler, Samuel Lane Professor of American Jewish History and Culture, Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies, Brandeis University, and Chair of the Jewish Women's Archive Academic Advisory Council.
Sunday, April 3 at 4 p.m.
Jewish Community Centers of Greater Boston, Inc.
333 Nahanton Street
Newton, MA 02459
Making Trouble tells the story of six of the greatest female comic performers of the last century — Molly Picon, Fanny Brice, Sophie Tucker, Joan Rivers, Gilda Radner and Wendy Wasserstein. Each brought something new and different to the world through their unique talents, but all shared the gift – and the burden – of being Jewish, female and funny. The film is hosted by four of today’s funniest women — Judy Gold, Jackie Hoffman, Cory Kahaney and Jessica Kirson.
100 years since the Triangle Fire—Celebrate and Commemorate
The Inaugural Jewish Women's Archive Luncheon
Sunday, March 13, 2011
New York City Fire Museum
278 Spring Street, New York City
11:30am - 1:30pm
On Sunday, March 13, 2011, we will gather to commemorate the Centennial of the Triangle Waist Factory Fire and celebrate Jewish women activists, past and present, who have played such an important role in the struggle for social justice. The Jewish Women's Archive makes their stories known in order to inform and inspire current and future generations.
THE CLOTH FROM WHICH WE ARE CUT: Commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire
Wednesday, March 6, 2011
Temple Israel of Boston
This stirring account of the fire that changed America weaves together historical narrative and the Yiddish folk music that came out of the sweatshops. It is the story of 146 mostly young women and girls who died in the largest industrial tragedy of its time and the history of the poverty and picket lines that defined a Jewish immigrant community struggling to build a better life. With an uncannily similar factory fire last month in Bangladesh, the concert is a timely tribute to the plight of sweatshop labor.
The Boston Jewish Music Festival and Workmen's Circle are proud to co-sponsor this multi-media concert with the Jewish community Relations Council of Greater Boston, the Jewish Women’s Archive and the Jewish Labor Committee.
Clergy Film Series: Making Trouble
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
123 East 55th Street, New York City
On Wednesday, March 2, 2001, the Clergy Film Series will screen JWA's groundbreaking documentary Making Trouble in the Central Synagogue Pavilion.
American Experience Film Screening and Panel Discussion
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Donahue Building, Room D311
41 Temple Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02114
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
One hundred years ago this March, a terrible fire in New York's Triangle Shirtwaist Factory killed 146 people – mostly young, immigrant, female workers. The incident and its aftermath forever changed our country's labor laws.
Join Primary Source and WGBH for a sneak preview of Triangle Fire, the new American Experience film that tells the story of one of the most devastating accidents in United States labor history. Following the screening, a panel of experts will consider what the Triangle Fire teaches us today and what we should teach about this important event. JWA's Deputy Director Ellen K. Rothman will be on the panel.
Keep Your Wives Away From Them Salon & Reading
Saturday, December 18, 2010
At a member’s home in Newton, please RSVP for address
7:00 pm to 9:30 pm
Join Keshet for a special reading and conversation with editor Miryam Kabakov & contributors Joy Ladin, Mara Benjamin, and Elaine Chapnik of Keep Your Wives Away from Them: Orthodox Women, Unorthodox Desires. We’ll hear from this groundbreaking anthology that tells the stories of queer & genderqueer women who have come out, who are still closeted, living double lives, or struggling to maintain an integrated life in relationship to traditional Judaism. Book reading will be followed by a Q & A and light refreshments. Cosponsored by Jewish Women’s Archive and Mayyim Hayyim.
Raising Up The Light! A Hanukkah Celebration of the 'First Lights' of Women Rabbis
Monday, December 6, 2010
1860 Washington Street
West Newton, MA
Beginning at 7:15 pm; Doors open at 6:45 pm
Join the Synagogue Council of Massachusetts in welcoming Rabbis Sally Priesand, Sandy Sasso, Amy Eilberg and Rabba Sara Hurwitz, the First-Ordained North American Reform, Reconstructionist & Conservative Women Rabbis and Open Orthodox Rabba, to Boston. The evening features Hanukkah candle-lighting by our invited guests and every woman rabbi in attendance from New England, and a panel discussion moderated by Rabbi Sharon Cohen Anisfeld (Dean of Hebrew College's Rabbinical School). There will also be a Q & A with Dr. Shulamit Reinharz & Dr. Gail Twersky Reimer, directors of our collaborating organizations, the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute and Jewish Women's Archive. Musical selections will be performed by an ensemble of local female singers, led by Lorel Zar-Kessler, cantor at Congregation Beth El, Sudbury.
Remembering Grace Paley, a panel discussion, with excerpts from Lilly Rivlin's new film, Grace Paley: Collected Shorts
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Center for Jewish History
15 West 16th Street
New York, NY
Grace Paley combined a life as a master short story writer, often compared to Chekhov, with political activism, motherhood, teaching and being a cherished friend. New York’s first official state author and past poet laureate of Vermont, her most important work was filtered through her passion for social justice and her love of humanity. Join filmmaker Lilly Rivlin, prize winning journalist, New York Times science writer and author Claudia Dreifus; writer and critic Vivian Gornick; Columbia University scholar Marianne Hirsch; and Vera B. Williams, children’s book author and illustrator - friends, colleagues and observers of Grace and her work – for an evening of stories and commentary mixed with excerpts from Rivlin’s newly released documentary Grace Paley: Collected Shorts.
Sunday, September 12, 2010
Contemporary Jewish Museum
736 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA
Best-selling writer and activist Ayelet Waldman will discuss the overlap of Judaism, law and women’s voices with artist Helene Aylon, whose installation All Rise: An Installation of a Beit Din as a “House” of Three Women is part of the exhibition Reinventing Ritual: Contemporary Art and Design for Jewish Life. Moderated by Gail Twersky Reimer, Founding Director of the Jewish Women’s Archive.
The Jewish Women's Archive held these two sessions at NewCAJE, Waltham, MA.
Living the Legacy: Teaching about Jews and the Civil Rights Movement
Monday, August 2, 2010
2:45 PM - 4:15 PM
"Social justice" is a buzzword in the Jewish community, but how much do our students really know about the rich legacy of American Jewish activism? This session will highlight the stories of Jews who have brought Jewish values to bear on American problems. We will explore creative strategies for integrating historical sources into Jewish education.
Voices from the Archive: Teaching a Living History
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
History has been described as "a conversation and sometimes a shouting match between present and past." How can we engage our students in this conversation? This workshop will explore history as a living text on Jewish experience and values. Participants will consider ways to teach historical texts and will take away a sampling of documents.
The Power of Our Stories—Institute for Educators, 2010
Sunday, July 25–29, 2010
Join the Jewish Women's Archive for four days of intensive professional development designed to enrich your teaching with the compelling stories of American Jewish lives, past and present. The 2010 Institute will focus on the rich history of Jews and the Civil Rights Movement in America.
Listen to your Mother
Thursday, May 6, 2010
The New Center for Arts and Culture
477 Longwood Ave.
Just in time for Mother’s Day, award-winning radio documentarian and oral storyteller Dave Isay visits Boston to pay tribute to the most influential, fascinating, and indomitable figure in Jewish history--your Mom! Isay is the editor of the new book MOM: A Celebration of Mothers, a collection of oral histories of mothers and motherhood in America. He will talk about the women in the book and the importance of listening to the stories of ordinary people. He will also play recordings of mothers telling their own life stories and will be joined live by several special guests--some of Boston’s best-known and dynamic Jewish mothers, including Jayne Guberman, Ph.D., former Director of Oral History at the Jewish Women's Archive, and her mother-in-law and stepmother Millie Kravetz. Jayne and Millie were interviewed as a part of Storycorps in the fall of 2006 and their story will appear in MOM: A Celebration of Mothers.
Ernestine L. Rose Bicentennial
Sunday, April 25, 2010
Judson Memorial Church & Cultural Center
55 Washington Square South
New York, New York
Actress/playwright, Janie Stockhamer will perform Ernestine Rose from her play, "Portraits of the Past: Jewish Women of Valor." Panelists Bonnie Anderson, Rosalyn Baxandall, Paula Doress-Worters, and Carol Kolmerten, all of whom have written and lectured on Rose, will discuss her remarkable life of visionary activism for women's rights, abolition of slavery and freethought, followed by Q&A. During intermission speakers' books will be available for purchase and signing by authors. After the break, we will enjoy Ernestine's birthday cake and honor her with a toast and small group discussion on activism for social justice.
Who Is Ernestine Rose?: Portrait of a New York Radical
Tuesday, Sunday, April 27, 2010
Museum of the City of New York
1220 Fifth Avenue at 103rd St.
New York, New York
In honor of the bicentennial of Rose's birth, join leading scholars Paula Doress-Worters, author of Mistress of Herself: Speeches and Letters of Ernestine L. Rose, Early Women's Rights Leader, and Bonnie Anderson, author of Joyous Greetings: The First International Women's Movement for a presentation on Rose's work in New York City and her impact on the women's movement nationally and internationally on the rise of advocacy for women's rights and other progressive reforms.
Reservations required. $12 Non-Members; $8 Seniors and Students; $6 Museum Members. *A two dollar surcharge applies for unreserved, walk-in participants.
The Santa Fe Experience
March 3–7, 2010 Santa Fe, New Mexico
Join JWA's special trip to Santa Fe this March! Designed for us by our friends in Santa Fe, this exclusive trip offers intimate encounters with the Jewish women responsible for creating and collecting some of this charming city's most exciting art, craft, poetry and narrative.
Reel Love: A Ma'aleh Film Festival
Presented by PRISM, the young adult network of the New Center for Arts and Culture
Wednesday, January 27, 2010, 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Oberon, 2 Arrow Street, Cambridge, MA
Join us in screening And Thou Shalt Love, The Orthodox Way, and Willingly. We’ll use the films to spark small group discussions. Between films, you can grab a drink at the Oberon bar, sit next to new friends, and talk about the themes at the heart of each short film.
The Album as Archive, the Photograph as Story
Sunday, January 31, 2010, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
1838 Washington Street, Newton, MA
Dig into your family albums for a photograph or two and bring them to this interactive workshop where Jewish Women's Archive staff will guide you in uncovering the stories embedded in these and other photographs.
Today I am a woman?
A Symposium on Bat Mitzvah for parents and youth professionals
Presented by Ma'yan: The Jewish Women's Project
Featuring Judith Rosenbaum, JWA's Director of Public History
Sunday, November 1, 2009
2:30 – 6:30 pm
JCC in Manhattan
334 Amsterdam Avenue @ 76th Street
New York, NY
This symposium on Bat Mitzvah will consist of three sessions:
- A panel presentation by Ma'yan's Research Training Interns—a diverse group of nine tri-state area Jewish high school girls.
- Facilitated discussions for participants, with separate tracks for parents and professionals.
- A closing panel where experts in congregational education, Jewish women's history, and girls' development—including JWA's Judith Rosenbaum—will synthesize insights from the preceding sessions.
For more information, visit www.mayan.org.
Who am I, anyway? A conversation about race, religion, and adoption
Presented by Northeastern University's Jewish Studies Program
Co-sponsored by the Jewish Women's Archive
Sunday, October 25, 2009
2:30 – 4:30 pm
Congregation Kehillath Israel 384 Harvard Street
Northeastern University's Jewish Studies Program presents a conversation with Nicole Opper, director of "Off and Running: An American Coming of Age Story" and Adam Pertman, author of "Adoption Nation: How the Adoption Revolution is Transforming America." Featuring clips from Opper's acclaimed documentary about an African American girl adopted by a Jewish lesbian couple. Free and open to the public.
Bringing the Torah to Life: Contemporary Approaches
This Educator Workshop is presented in partnership with the Contemporary Jewish Museum, Jewish Milestones, and G-dcast.com
Thursday, October 22, 2009
5:00 – 7:30 pm
Contemporary Jewish Museum
736 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA
Join the Jewish Women's Archive at the Contemporary Jewish Museum for a multi-part workshop that uses the exhibition As it is Written: Project 304,805 as a springboard for conversation and learning. Tour the exhibition, share ideas with colleagues, and participate in mini workshops to examine the exhibition from its many facets: Judaism and Gender; Animating the Torah; and Personalizing Torah Ritual. Presenters include Emily Scheinberg from the Jewish Women's Archive, Sarah Lefton from G-dcast.com, and Rachel Brodie from Jewish Milestones.
Cost $15. Curriculum materials and resources will be provided, and a light dinner will be served.
Connecting to the Contemporary:
The Jewish Women's Archive's Toolbox for Non-traditional Text Study
This Educator Workshop is presented in partnership with the Bureau of Jewish Education
Monday, October 19, 2009
12:00 – 2:00 pm
Bureau of Jewish Education
639 14th Avenue
San Francisco, CA
Why are contemporary stories central to Jewish education? How can teaching with texts from our recent history enrich our curricula? What alternatives to traditional chevruta are out there? Join Emily Scheinberg, JWA's Assistant Director for Educational Outreach, at the Bureau of Jewish Education for an introduction to the Jewish Women's Archive's "toolbox," including new resources on social justice and on bat mitzvah. Together we will explore an expanded definition of what makes a Jewish text, and participate in "text" study using primary source documents such as newspaper articles, letters, photographs, and audio recordings.
Free. Please bring a vegetarian brown-bag lunch and the BJE will provide beverages and sweets.
"Heavenly Sex"—Dr. Ruth Westheimer
Co-sponsored by the Jewish Women's Archive and the New Center for Arts and Culture
Thursday, October 1, 2009
Levi Auditorium at Temple Israel
477 Longwood Avenue
NJDC Reception Honoring Ann F. Lewis
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
5:30 – 7:30 pm
National Museum of Women in the Arts
1250 New York Avenue, NW
Join the National Jewish Democratic Council (NJDC) and honorary event chair, President Bill Clinton, to honor JWA board member Ann F. Lewis who will receive the NJDC Belle Moskowitz Award. For more information or to RSVP, please contact Melissa Kaplan at 202.216.9612. To RSVP online, please go to www.njdc.org/forms/sign/annlewis.
Mistress of Herself: A Conversation with Paula Doress-Worters
Join the Jewish Women's Archive and the Hebrew College Salon Project for a conversation with Paula Doress-Worters, author of Mistress of Herself: Speeches and Letters of Ernestine Rose, Early Women's Rights Leader (Feminist Press, 2008), Resident Scholar at the Women's Studies Research Center at Brandeis University, and founder of the Ernestine Rose Society, to explore timely questions: Is there a place for Rose's radical perspective within the Jewish conversation today? Where do individuals like Rose, who rejected organized religion, belong in the story of American Jewry?
$18.00 suggested contribution; $5.00 minimum.
Pay at the door.
Space is limited, so please RSVP.
Jewish Women's Prayers: A Woman's Secret Code
Tuesday, January 27
Kosher snacks will be served at 7pm and learning will begin at 7:30.
Congregation Eitz Chayim
136 Magazine Street
Join the Charles River Beit Midrash (CRBM) and the Jewish Women's Archive for an evening of learning and conversation with scholar and writer Dr. Aliza Lavie. Dr. Lavie is a research associate at the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute at Brandeis University and a lecturer in the Department of Political Studies at Bar-Ilan University.
Her book A Jewish Woman's Prayer Book (Tefilat Nashim) is a bestseller in Israel. The English edition was published this past year and won the National Jewish Book Award in Women's Studies. In addition to her academic pursuits, Dr. Lavie hosts a weekly television show on Israel's Channel 10. For more information on Dr. Lavie, visit www.alizalavie.com.
We hope you can join us!
This event is FREE and open to the public.
Lunch and Learn with Danya Ruttenberg: A Spiritual Journey from Punk Rock to the Rabbinate
Tuesday, December 9th, 2008
12:00 – 2:00 PM
Jewish Women's Archive
138 Harvard Street
Join the Jewish Women's Archive for lunch and conversation with Danya Ruttenberg, author of Surprised By God: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Religion. Ruttenberg will trace her trek from punk rock and the glittery fairyland of dot-com era San Francisco to the Conservative rabbinate – via meditation, mystical experiences, and considerable ambivalence to traditional Judaism. This is the story of one young woman's unexpected, combat-booted path to service of the Divine. It's also a look at the process of taking on a religious discipline in today's world.
Cost: $15, Kosher lunch included
The Way They Were?: Hidden and Revealed Stories of American Jewish Women in History
A Program for Jewish American Heritage Month in partnership with Keshet
Thursday, May 22
*Nehar Shalom Community Synagogue
(43 Lochstead Avenue in Jamaica Plain)
Sex. Violence. Messy, complicated lives. The stuff of our history, but not always the stories we choose to tell. What are the challenges we face in drawing inspiration from our past without ignoring the pieces that may make us uncomfortable? How do we wrestle with the stories of American Jewish women in ways that are inclusive, honest, and full? Is it okay to identify role models without exposing their sexual identities or objectionable political positions? Is it appropriate for contemporary GLBT communities to claim women as "queer" or "lesbian" when they might not have identified themselves this way?
Join the Jewish Women's Archive and Keshet for an interactive encounter with some of the "messier" narratives of Jewish women in our collective history:
- Jewish female social reformers
- Radical Jewish women in the labor movement
- Women rabbis
Together, we will consider ways in which the complexities of Jewish women's history can strengthen our ability to create diverse, inclusive communities.
Co-sponsored by GesherCity, the Jewish Organizing Initiative (JOI), JVS/CJP Jewish Women's Career Network, Moishe House Boston: Kavod Jewish Social Justice House, the Jewish Labor Committee, and the Boston Workmen's Circle.
*Nehar Shalom is accessible via Bus #39 which stops on Centre Street, close to the corner of Lochstead Avenue. If you are driving, please do not park on Lochstead Avenue. There is a public parking lot on the corner of Spring Park Avenue and Centre Street which is within walking distance from Nehar Shalom.
Women's History Month "Lunch and Learn"
Around the World on Two Wheels: Annie Londonderry's Extraordinary Ride
Tuesday, March 18, 2008 at 12:30 PM
Jewish Women's Archive
138 Harvard Street, Brookline, MA
Join the Jewish Women's Archive for a special "Lunch and Learn" featuring an illustrated talk by Peter Zheutlin, author of Around the World on Two Wheels: Annie Londonderry's Extraordinary Ride in celebration of Women's History Month.
Cost: $12 for JWA members, $15 for non-members.
** Kosher lunch included **
Half-Price Tickets & Talk-Back for Judy Gold's 25 Questions for a Jewish Mother
December 29, 2007, Boston, MA
Co-sponsored by the Jewish Women's Archive and Keshet
The Calderwood Pavillion at the BCA
527 Tremont Street, Boston
* Talk-back will immediately follow show.
Catch Emmy Award-winning actress and comedian Judy Gold -- featured in JWA's documentary film Making Trouble -- in her hit show, 25 Questions for a Jewish Mother.
Join the Jewish Women's Archive and Keshet for a special "talk-back" with Judy Gold after the show.
- Visit Judy Gold's website.
- Visit the Making Trouble website.
- Read an interview with Judy Gold in The Boston Globe.
- Get directions to the event.
2007 Symposium on Gender and Jewish Education
December 10–December 12, 2007, San Diego, California
Immediately preceding the Union for Reform Judaism North American Biennial Convention
A symposium for Jewish educators and leaders of the Reform Movement to discuss the perceived differences in the way males and females participate in Jewish educational efforts and settings. Symposium participants will explore ways to maximize learning and participation across gender lines in the Jewish community.
Keynote speakers: Dr. Gail Twersky Reimer, founding director of the Jewish Women’s Archive and Dr. William Pollack, author of Real Boys.
December 11: Dr. Judith Rosenbaum will facilitate an educators' workshop: "Listen to Her Voice: Incorporating Jewish Women's History into Jewish Education"
For more information, visit the conference homepage—urj.org/educate/symposium/
Book Reading by Sophie Freud
Living in the Shadow of the Freud Family
Boston Jewish Book Fair
November 19, 2007, Newton, MA
Co-sponsored by the Jewish Women's Archive
Leventhal-Sidman Jewish Community Center of Newton
Gosman Jewish Community Campus
333 Nahanton Street
Newton Center, MA 02459
Telephone: (617) 558-6522
Sigmund Freud's granddaughter has created a fascinating, many-voiced story of a famous family and a tumultuous century. Sophie Freud's captivating story presents a penetrating and brutally honest glimpse into the conflicted lives, unfulfilled dreams, and cruel setbacks experienced by the extended branch of the Freud family.
Book signing follows reading
Admission: $7.00; $5.00 for JCC members
Center for Jewish History
"An Exploration of Contemporary Jewish Motherhood"
November 7, 2007, New York City
Center for Jewish History
15 West 16th Street, New York City, NY 10011
(Between Fifth & Sixth Avenues)
$8/$5 students, seniors, CJH members, AJHS members
Through personal reflection and stories, an illustrious panel of mothers and daughters will provide an intimate, heartfelt, affectionate, and, of course, critical look at the contemporary Jewish mother based on Joyce Antler’s recent book: You Never Call! You Never Write! A History of the Jewish Mother. Moderated by Fran Klagsbrun, writer and lecturer, with the participation of Joyce Antler, writer and scholar; Lauren Antler, comedian; Marjorie Ingall, columnist; Carol Ingall, Professor of Jewish Education; Patrician Volk, writer; Polly Blitzer, editor; Nessa Rapoport, writer; and Mattie Kahn, student.
Co-sponsored with the Jewish Women’s Archive and the American Jewish Historical Society
Making Trouble New England Premiere
"Corned Beef & Comedy in Coolidge Corner" pre-screening party
November 7, 2007, Brookline, MA
Courtyard Marriot, Brookline
40 Webster Street, off Beacon
Admission to party: $35 (or $50 for two)*
*Does not include movie ticket.
Click here for tickets.
Space is limited. No tickets at the door.
Southern Jewish Historical Society Annual Conference
"Honoring the Past for the Sake of the Future"
November 1–4, 2007, Washington, D.C.
Phone: (301) 657-6405
Fax: (301) 657-6478
Dr. Karla Goldman, JWA Historian in Residence, will speak about Jewish responses to Hurricane Katrina in historical perspective. Diane Ashton of Rowan University will discuss the origins of American and particularly southern Hanukkah celebrations, and Shuly Rubin Schwartz of the Jewish Theological Seminary will compare and contrast the leadership styles of Carrie Simon and Henrietta Szold.
Book Reading by Melanie Kaye/Kantrowitz
The Colors of Jews: Racial Politics and Radical Diasporism
October 23, 2007, Boston, MA
Jointly sponsored by the Jewish Women's Archive, the Center for New Words, and the Simmons Institute for Leadership and Change
Simmons College (300 The Fenway), Linda K. Paresky Conference Center
The Colors of Jews: Racial Politics and Radical Diasporism (2007) examines the historical and contemporary views on Jews and whiteness as well as the complexities of African/Jewish relations, the racial mix and disparate voices of the Jewish community, contemporary Jewish anti-racist and multicultural models, and the diasporic state of Jewish life in the United States.
Our Mothers, Ourselves: The Jewish Mother Revised and Re-Invented
(with Joyce Antler and Lauren Antler)
October 11, 2007, 6:30 PM
Jewish Museum, New York City
Presented in collaboration with the Jewish Women's Archive
The Jewish Mother is one of the best-known figures in popular culture. Joyce Antler, professor of American Jewish History and Culture at Brandeis University and author of You Never Call! Your Never Write! A History of the Jewish Mother, will trace the evolution of the "Yiddishe Mama" as popularized by Sophie Tucker and Gertrude Berg's "Molly Goldberg," to the colossal, oversized "monster" mother mocked by Philip Roth, Woody Allen, and others, through the present day re-interpretation of the Jewish Mother by leading feminist scholars and stand-up comedians. Lauren Antler, stand-up comic and Senior Program Manager of the Jewish Women's Archive, will offer reflections entitled, What to Wear When You're Fighting the Patriarchy: Lessons from the Daughter of a Jewish Feminist.
“French Seduction” A Lunch-and-Learn Discussion with author Eunice Lipton
April 17, 2007, Brookline, MA
What is it about France that makes a Jewish woman memoirist and art critic delight and recoil? Join the Jewish Women's Archive for an intimate discussion with Eunice Lipton, author of the recently published book French Seduction: An American's Encounter with France, Her Father, and the Holocaust.
Jewish Women's Archive, Brookline, MA
"Women Who Dared"
March 14, 2007, 12:00–2:00 PM
The Empire Room at the Palmer House
17 E Monroe St., Chicago, IL 60603
Cost: $40.00, includes lunch reception
For Reservations call: (312) 357-4850
"Women Who Dared" celebrates the brave actions and bold life choices of the everyday Jewish female heroes in our midst. Contemporary women who have dared to stand up for the rights of others have been honored at "Women Who Dared" events in Boston, Baltimore, Chicago, and New Orleans. The social and political activism of these women is presented in an expanding JWA web exhibit.
This year's Chicago "Women Who Dared" honorees are:
- Judy Panko Reis, Director of the Rehabilitation Center of Chicago
- Hedy Ratner, Founder and Co-President of the Women's Business Development Center
- Amy Rubin, Senior Manager for Community Outreach for Jewish Women International
"A Jewish Feminine Mystique? American Jewish Women in the Postwar Era."
February 25–27, 2007, New York University Conference, New York, NY
with two special evening programs presented by the Jewish Women's Archive
Free and open to the public
"Motherhood, Power, and Politics: Screening Ethel Rosenberg, Tillie Olsen, and Molly Goldberg"
February 25, 2007, 8:00 PM
52 Washington Square South, King Juan Carlos Center Screening Room, New York University
With filmmakers Ivy Meeropol, director of "Heir to an Execution" and Rachel Lyon, Emmy-award winning documentary filmmaker and director of Tillie Olsen's Tell Me a Riddle, with moderator Joyce Antler, Samuel Lane Professor of American Jewish History and Culture, JWA board member, and author of the forthcoming, You Never Call! You Never Write! A History of the Jewish Mother
"Bobby Socks and Bat Mitzvahs: Growing Up Jewish and Female in the 1950s"
February 26, 2007, 8:00 PM
3080 Broadway, Women's League Seminary Synagogue Room, Jewish Theological Seminary
- Ruth Abram, founder and president of the Tenement Museum;
- Anne Lapidus Lerner, Director of the Jewish Women's Studies Program and Assistant Professor of Jewish Literature at The Jewish Theological Seminary;
- Judith Shapiro, president of Barnard College;
- Alix Kates Shulman, author and activist;
- with moderator Joan Jacobs Brumberg, Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellow and Professor at Cornell and author of The Body Project.
More information on the conference and entire conference schedule can be found at www.nyu.edu/gsas/dept/hebrew/jewishwomenconf.htm.
Pentimento: Honoring the Lives of Jewish Women through Art, Stories and Recipes
December 17, 2006, Atlanta, Georgia
Celebrating five years of Weber students translating oral histories of senior women into visual art forms, under the direction of educators Barbara Rosenblit and Sheila Miller.
Workshops on intergenerational conversations and collecting oral histories. Presentations by guest scholars Gail Reimer, Executive Director, Jewish Women's Archive; Jayne Guberman, Director of Oral History, Jewish Women’s Archive; Marshall Duke, Professor of Psychology, Emory University.
“Sharing Secrets” A Lunch-and-Learn Discussion with Dr. Ann Kirschner
November 14, 2006
Jewish Women's Archive, Brookline, MA
A discussion of Doug Block's film 51 Birch Street and Ann Kirschner's book Sala’s Gift: My Mothers Holocaust Story.
“Voices of Inspiration,”
May 3, 2006
Boston University Hillel, Boston, MA
Our 10th Birthday Tribute to JWA's Founders. The evening featured a unique, live performance by Ellen Kushner.
For further information, visit our birthday party web page.
So Laugh a Little: An Evening of Jewish Women's Comedy
March 14, 2004, 6pm
The Copacabana, 34th Street and 11th Avenue, NYC
Honoring Barbara Dobkin, Founding Chair, JWA
350th Celebration at the Boston Public Library
April 8—May 26, 2004
Boston Public Library, Boston, MA
As part of the 350th Anniversary of Jewish settlement in America, the Jewish Women's Archive held a series of events in conjunction with the Boston Public Library.
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