Sharing Stories Inspiring Change


Calendar of Events

Past Events

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.


Tenement Talks:
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
6:30 p.m.

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.

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CELEBR-8-U: A Moving Traditions conference for Jewish girls in middle and high school

Sunday, April 29, 2012
Temple Reyim
1860 Washington St.
Auburndale, MA
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
7 p.m.

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

Event webpage: Honoring Jewish Women Who Share Our Commitment to Making Trouble and Inspiring Change

"Until We Are All Free": Emma Lazarus' Legacy

Sunday, March 18, 2012
Museum of Jewish Heritage
36 Battery Place, New York City
2:30 p.m.

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.

Purim Primary

February 29, 2012
Leventhal Sidman JCC
333 Nahanton Street
Newton, MA
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
Hebrew College
160 Herrick Road
Newton Centre, MA
3 p.m.

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


Susan Rosenberg presents her prison memoir, An American Radical: Political Prisoner in My Own Country

January 26, 2012
Workmen’s Circle
1762 Beacon Street
Brookline, MA
7 p.m.

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.

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American Jews in the Civil Rights Movement panel discussion

Sunday, December 11, 2011
National Museum of American Jewish History
Philadelphia, PA
3:30 p.m.
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.

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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
5:00 p.m.
421 Snell Library
Northeastern University
Boston, MA

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.

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Today I Am a Woman: Stories of Bat Mitzvah around the world and in Boston

Sunday, November 20, 2011
Temple Reyim
1860 Washington,
Newton, MA

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.

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“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
Alfond Auditorium
Boston, MA

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.

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Emma Lazarus: Voice of Liberty, Voice of Conscience Opening Program

Thursday, October 27, 2011 at 6 pm
Snell Library, First Floor
Northeastern University
Boston, MA

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.

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Sex, Power and Speaking Truth: Anita Hill 20 Years Later

Saturday, October 15, 2011
Hunter College
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.

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Thursday, September 15, 2011 at 8 p.m.
Granoff Music Center
Tufts University
Medford, MA

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.

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The Power of Our Stories: Jewish Women's Archive Institute for Educators

July 10–14, 2011
Waltham, MA

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.

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The Lives of Commitment Breakfast
Auburn Theological Seminary

May 6, 2011
42nd Street
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.

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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.

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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.

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Making Trouble

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.

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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.

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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.

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Clergy Film Series: Making Trouble

Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Central Synagogue
123 East 55th Street, New York City
6:30 pm

On Wednesday, March 2, 2001, the Clergy Film Series will screen JWA's groundbreaking documentary Making Trouble in the Central Synagogue Pavilion.

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American Experience Film Screening and Panel Discussion

Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Suffolk University
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.

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