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Events from 2010

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.

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Raising Up The Light! A Hanukkah Celebration of the 'First Lights' of Women Rabbis

Monday, December 6, 2010
Temple Reyim
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.

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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
6:30 p.m.

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.

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All Rise!

Sunday, September 12, 2010
Contemporary Jewish Museum
736 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA
2:00 p.m.

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.

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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
Rm 205
Waltham, MA
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
Rm 207
Waltham, MA
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
Brookline, MA

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.

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Listen to your Mother

Thursday, May 6, 2010
The New Center for Arts and Culture
Temple Israel
477 Longwood Ave.
Boston, MA
7:30 p.m.

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.

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Ernestine L. Rose Bicentennial

Sunday, April 25, 2010
Judson Memorial Church & Cultural Center
55 Washington Square South
New York, New York
2:30 p.m.

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.

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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
6:30 p.m.

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.

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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.

Read the blog, view photos from the trip, and sign up to find out about future JWA trips.

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.

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The Album as Archive, the Photograph as Story

Sunday, January 31, 2010, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Mayyim Hayyim
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.

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Events from 2009

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.

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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
Brookline, MA

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

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, 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
7:30 pm
Levi Auditorium at Temple Israel
477 Longwood Avenue
Boston, MA

Dr. Ruth Westheimer in conversation with Ted Reinstein. View event details or buy tickets.

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
Washington, DC

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

Mistress of Herself: A Conversation with Paula Doress-Worters

Sunday, April 26
10:00 am – 12:30 pm
Nehar Shalom Community Synagogue
43 Lochstead Avenue, Jamaica Plain [map] [directions/parking]

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
Cambridge, MA

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

We hope you can join us!

This event is FREE and open to the public.

Events from 2008

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
Brookline, MA

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)
7:00 PM

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

8:00 PM
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.

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—

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

7:30 PM
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
6:30 PM
Center for Jewish History
15 West 16th Street, New York City, NY 10011
(Between Fifth & Sixth Avenues)
Tel: 917-606-8200

$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
5:30–7:30 PM
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.
Hyatt Regency
Bethesda, MD
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.

Check out the full SJHSAC conference program. You can also register online (deadline for online registration: October 1).

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
7:00 PM
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.

Click for directions or the campus map available on the Simmons College website.

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.

12:00–2:00 PM
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
(312) 726-7500

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

Presentations by:

  • 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


Pentimento: Honoring the Lives of Jewish Women through Art, Stories and Recipes

December 17, 2006, Atlanta, Georgia
Weber School
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

Original web invite [The documentary Only Faster mentioned here became the full-length documentary, Making Trouble, now available on DVD.]

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.

You can still view the events that were scheduled at the BPL as part of that celebration.

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