You are here

Share Share Share Share Share Share Share

Recent Events

Divinity School: An Evening of Poetry and Music with Alicia Jo Rabins

Alicia Jo Rabins
JWA co-sponsored an evening with the multitalented Alicia Jo Rabins at Harvard University on Monday, November 16, 2015. The award-winning poet and singer-songwriter read from her newest collection of poetry, Divinity School, and performed music from “Open the Ground,” her new recording with her band Girls in Trouble. JWA co-sponsors the event with Learning from Performers, Woodberry Poetry Room, and Harvard Divinity School.

Alicia Jo Rabins is a writer, composer, performer, and Torah scholar. Divinity School won the 2015 American Poetry Review/Honickman First Book Prize. As a musician, Rabins tours internationally with her band Girls in Trouble, whose indie-folk song cycle is about the complicated lives of Biblical women and with whom she has released three albums.

Divinity School: An Evening of Poetry and Music with Alicia Jo Rabins
Monday, November 16, 2015
7:00 p.m.
Harvard Hillel
52 Mount Auburn Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
Free (tickets or RSVPs not required; seating is first-come, first-served, subject to venue capacity).

Boston Jewish Film Festival Screening

The Muses of Isaac Bashevis Singer
JWA was pleased to co-sponsor a screening of “The Muses of Isaac Bashevis Singer” at the Boston Jewish Film Festival (BJFF) on Sunday, November 8, 2015. The film tells the stories of the unsung women who translated and often inspired the writer’s famed oeuvre. Accompanying the film was a screening of JWA’s short film, “In the Footsteps of Regina Jonas,” which follows a pluralistic group of pioneering rabbis through Europe, as they visit sites important to Regina Jonas, the world’s first woman rabbi, and reclaim her significance to Jewish and women’s history.

Following the screening, audiences were invited to a Q&A with Asaf Galay, the director of “The Muses”; Evelyn Torton Beck, one of the “muses”; and Gail Reimer, JWA founding executive director and producer of “In the Footsteps of Regina Jonas.” Information and tickets atBJFF.

Film Screening: “The Muses of Isaac Bashevis Singer” and “In the Footsteps of Regina Jonas”
Sunday, November 8, 2015
12:00 p.m.
Coolidge Corner Theatre
290 Harvard Street, Brookline, MA 02446
Information and tickets

A Celebration of Community and Jewish Women’s Leadership

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

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

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

An Evening with Vivian Gornick at the Tenement Museum

Vivian Gornick, author of Fierce Attachments, presented 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 joined Gornick in conversation.

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
Co-sponsored by JWA

The Outrageous Sophie Tucker

JWA co-presented The Outrageous Sophie Tucker on May 10 at the West Newton Cinema. This 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 was 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

An Evening in Honor of Poet Ida Maze

JWA celebrated National Poetry Month with 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 featured 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 was Irving Massey, Maze's youngest son and professor emeritus of English and Comparative Literature at SUNY Buffalo, who participated in an audience discussion after the screening. 

“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

Women of the Book: Jewish Writers in Conversation

Women of the Book event authors

Join JWA for “Women of the Book,” a lively evening on March 24, 2015, hosted by the Jewish Book Council at the Jewish Museum and co-sponsored by JWA. The event is the second in an exciting new series from the Jewish Book Council that brings together some of the finest writers of the day for conversations around contemporary Jewish life and identity. A panel of writers, including Elisa Albert, Anita Diamant, and Ruth Andrew Ellenson, will discuss their recent works and what it has meant to be a Jewish woman writer over the past several decades.

The event is free and and includes wine and refreshments, a book sale and signing, and the opportunity to visit The Jewish Museum galleries. Space is limited and guests must pre-register.

Women of the Book
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
The Jewish Museum
1109 5th Ave at 92nd Street, New York

"Meet Me at Sinai: A Day of Learning"

Join JWA Executive Director Judith Rosenbaum on Sunday, February 8, 2015 at Congregation B'nai Jeshurun in New York, for "Meet Me at Sinai: A Day of Learning," co-sponsored by JWA. This exciting event celebrates the 25th anniversary of Judith Plaskow's groundbreaking book Standing Again at Sinai, which explores the role of women in shaping Judaism.

"Meet Me at Sinai" will discuss how Jewish feminism has enriched and challenged Jewish life in every domain, a celebration of progress made, and a frank conversation of where we go from here. Judith Rosenbaum joins a lineup of speakers that also includes activist Letty Cottin Pogrebin, slam poet Vanessa Hidary, and New York Times correspondent Jodi Kantor. The event features performances, a film screening, discussion groups, and more.

Meet Me at Sinai: A Day of Learning

Sunday, February 8, 2015

9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

88th Street Synagogue and 89th Street Community House
, New York, NY
Please register here.

Tea and All of a Kind Family

All of a Kind Family Children's book

JWA hosts a lively conversation about the beloved, recently re-released series All of a Kind Family. This set of novels relates the adventures of five sisters in turn-of-the-century New York – the “Little Women” of the Lower East Side. You will hear from publisher Lizzie Skurnick, who brought the series back to life in 2014. Joining her will be JWA’s Executive Director Judith Rosenbaum and novelists Tova Mirvis and Allegra Goodman, who will discuss the books' impact and read their favorite passages. Bring the whole family to this celebration of cherished Jewish literature.

Tea and All of a Kind Family
Sunday, January 25, 2015, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Private home in Newton, MA

24×24 Presents:
Alicia Jo Rabins & Judith Rosenbaum

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

Lacey Schwartz in Little White Lie

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

All of a Kind Family 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

Katha Pollitt Pro-Abortion Book Cover

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.

For ticket information visit the Brattle theater 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.

How to cite this page

Jewish Women's Archive. "Recent Events." (Viewed on December 1, 2015) <>.


Help us elevate the voices of Jewish women.

donate now

Sign Up for JWA eNews


Discover Education Programs

Join our growing community of educators.

view programs