JWA in the Media
As Women's History Month kicks off, Jewish leaders from across the religious spectrum weigh in on the role of women
Baltimore Jewish Times, February 28, 2013
“Jewish women have been feminists as far back as Biblical times, when women such as Tamar challenged the double standard by which her father-in-law Judah lived, or women like Miriam claimed her place as a leader alongside Moses and Aaron. Our foundational story, which we will soon once again recall at Passover Seders, is about human liberation. How could Jewish women not be feminists?”
Teaching Social Justice Through a Jewish Lens
Covenant In Action, February 13, 2013
“Nearly 50 years after such iconic events as Freedom Summer and the Selma marches helped define and advance the Civil Rights Movement, some Jewish educators are moving to teach it through a decidedly Jewish lens.”
[JWA's] “Living the Legacy helps us teach students, in a very tangible and relatable way, that there are issues of fairness that exist today, and that they have an obligation as Jews to do something about them. And I have full confidence that they will honor that legacy,” one educator said.
Seeing, Thinking, and Wondering
Covenant in Action, December, 12, 2012
“Nearly 30 Jewish educators from across the country gathered at a Jewish Women’s Archive retreat just before the start of the current academic year to dive into the new Living the Legacy curriculum and explore ways to maximize its use. Claire Solomon, Program Associate at The Covenant Foundation, was there, and shared some insights.”
Digital Stewardship at JWA
digitalstewardshipatthejwa.wordpress.com, April 2012
Students taking a course in Digital Stewardship at the Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science were tasked with an investigation of a digital collection and its management. "With a focus on descriptions of content, source material, legal issues, utility and possible options for sustainability, we decided that the Jewish Women’s Archive is an ideal digital repository for our investigation."
Seeing Beauty in "Making Trouble"
The Forward's Sisterhood blog, March 21, 2012
"The Jewish Women’s Archive annual luncheon, held March 18 at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in Lower Manhattan, was a place where making trouble — and, in the process, making history — was cause for celebration."
"Thanks to the Jewish Women’s Archive... we now have records of all of this good-bad behavior, the type of behavior that puts heat in my blood, and keeps so many of us hungry for justice."
Gail Reimer honored at Hebrew College comencement June 5, 2012
Wicked Local Newton, June 2, 2011
Gail Reimer, founding director of the Jewish Women’s Archive, will receive the Dr. Benjaman J. Shevach Award for distinguished achievement in Jewish educational leadership.
Brookline's Dr. Gail Reimer honored by Auburn Theological Seminary
Wicked Local Brookline, May 16, 2011.
"The Auburn Theological Seminary in New York, an institute for religious leadership, honored Jewish Women’s Archive founder and Executive Director Dr. Gail Twersky Reimer at its 15th annual “Lives of Commitment” breakfast on May 6 at Cipriani’s."
Tweeting the Encyclopedia of Jewish Women
The Forward's Sisterhood blog, May 9, 2011.
"Although they were asked to commit to tweeting just one article a week, many of the partners have immediately embraced the project and have been tweeting multiple articles a day. Three days into the effort, 58 articles had already been tweeted — and retweeted many times over."
"Abusch-Magder, who suggested the project idea to JWA, sees this as an experiment in harnessing the power of social media to let people transmit and translate historical information in their own way and to their own networks. 'Scholars are not going to make history popular, but something like this will,' the rabbi said."
Learn about the Jewish women you don't know (and some you do) with JWA's online Encyclopedia
JewishBoston.com, May 4, 2011.
"A variety of influential Twitter users, individuals, organizations, rabbis and more, have volunteered to help tweet the Encyclopedia of Jewish Women using the hashtag #jwapedia ... I started by choosing subjects that were of interest to me, close to what I normally tweet about, that would also intrigue my followers to learn more about someone."
Tweeting the Encyclopedia
The Jewish Week, May 4, 2011.
"One national Jewish organization is now looking to release an entire encyclopedia via Twitter. If you think that sending out the content from an encyclopedia in less than 140 characters at a time might take a long time... well, you're correct. The Jewish Women's Archive has begun to tweet The Jewish Women's Encyclopedia. The Twitter feed can be followed at #jwapedia."
JWA is Tweeting Encyclopedia of Jewish Women
eJewishPhilanthropy, May 3, 2011.
"A diverse group of influential Twitter users, including organizations, clergy, lay leaders, social media professionals, and fans of JWA, has signed on to help tweet the Encyclopedia using the hashtag “#jwapedia.” The project poses an intriguing and entertaining challenge: to summarize a scholarly article in no more than 140 characters."
New JWA Haggadah Highlights Women’s Voices
eJewishPhilanthropy, April 15, 2011.
"This Passover, the Jewish Women’s Archive and JewishBoston.com have teamed up to create a downloadable, open source, fully inclusive Haggadah that weaves women’s voices throughout the seder."
100 Years After the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire
The World, from BBC, PRI, and WGBH, March 23, 2011.
"Turn back the clock on New York City’s garment district to around the year 1900. 'The average work week was 84 hours, 12 hours every day of the week,' said Ellen Rothman with the Jewish Women’s Archive in Brookline, Mass. 'During the busy season, the grinding hum of sewing machines never entirely ceased day or night.'"
Approaching a Somber Anniversary, With a Commemoration — and a Celebration
The Forward's Sisterhood blog, March 18, 2011.
"The more than 200 people who came out for the event, held, fittingly, at the New York City Fire Museum, had a chance to learn about those labor leaders — information about their lives and work were placed on each table — as well as some contemporary Jewish women who are making a big difference."
The #JWA100: Jewish Women Who Tweet
eJewishPhilanthropy, January 9, 2011.
"The #JWA100 is about building a community of Jewish women using Twitter to make connections and have conversations."
Selected Media Mentions, 2010
Living the Complicated, Enduring Legacy
Jewschool, November 29, 2010.
"Living the Legacy is full of challenging and vulnerable pieces which make the process of unpacking the Jewish past in the Civil Rights movement a fascinating project. It’s well worth taking a spin through the primary sources on the website, even if you don’t consider yourself to be an educator."
Jewish Women's Archive launches cutting edge Living the Legacy Civil Rights curriculum
Jerusalem Post, November 22, 2010.
"Living the Legacy tells the stories of women – and men – whose actions were perhaps not in the center, and shows portraits of sometimes unnamed women acting out of their own commitment of conscience despite prevailing ideologies. It thus sets the record straight once and for all and lets students know that women are out there, working and doing and changing the world, and have been out there all along, whether or not men took notice."
“Living the Legacy” through the Jewish Women’s Archive
fromtherib?, November 8, 2010.
"I guess what I like best about “Living the Legacy” is that even after attending a Jewish school for 13 years, I’ve never really spent time studying specifically Jewish and black relations, so this is a topic that I can honestly say I’d be interested in learning about."
New Curriculum Highlights Work of Jewish, Female Civil Rights Activists
The Forward's Sisterhood Blog, November 4, 2010.
"You do not have to be a professional educator to appreciate what Rosenbaum has done. “Living the Legacy” is a gift to everyone."
EATING JEWISH: NEW BLOG CELEBRATES THE HIGH HOLIDAYS
WBUR's Public Radio Kitchen, September 10, 2010.
"As the Jewish people ring in the new year (5771), the Jewish Women’s Archive (JWA) blog “Jewesses with Attitude” adds food to the mix."
2010 Institute for Educators: Jews and the Civil Rights Movement
Brooklyn Educators Explore Role Of Jews in Civil Rights Movement
Brooklyn Daily Eagle, Aug. 9, 2010.
Abby Gondek, New York Region director at the Curriculum Initiative in Brooklyn, and Mordecai Moore, a teacher at Brooklyn’s High School of Economics & Finance, were two of 26 Jewish educators who gathered July 25-29, 2010, in Newton, Mass. for the Jewish Women’s Archive’s (JWA) summer institute, "Jews and the Civil Rights Movement."
JFP Person of the Day: Allison Goldman
Jackson Free Press, Aug. 9, 2010
"The story of Judy Frieze Wright, a Jewish Freedom Rider who was arrested in Jackson in 1961, inspired Allison Goldman to educate others about the role of Jews during the Civil Rights Movement."
Unfeminine to be funny? ‘Making Trouble’ documentary explores this with hilarity, humanity, history
Boston Examiner, May 30, 2010
"Reimer discussed "Making Trouble" and showed clips at the Library of Congress’ Mary Pickford Theater on May 26 in honor of Jewish American Heritage Month."
Library of Congress Recognizes work of the Jewish Women's Archive
Library of Congress Recognizes Work of Jewish Women’s Archive
eJewish Philanthropy, March 28, 2010
"Gail Reimer, Executive Director of the Jewish Women’s Archive (JWA), announced Friday that the Library of Congress has recognized JWA by including its website, jwa.org, in its historic collection of Internet materials."
Brookline-based Jewish Women’s Archive included in Library of Congress
The Brookline Tab, March 26, 2010
"JWA Executive Director Gail Reimer said, 'It is wonderfully gratifying to be simultaneously recognized from the top and from the bottom, by the nation’s most prestigious library and by the nation’s most democratic forum — the blogosphere.'"
Putting Jewish Women On the Map
Jewish Women Get a Place on the Map
The Forward, March 24, 2010
"The home of a Jewish woman who supported the Confederacy. The deli owned by the mother of America’s most famous Jewish film director. The synagogue where your mom had her bat mitzvah. These and other sites are part of a new virtual mapping project showing locations that are important in Jewish women’s history."
Putting Jewish Women on the Map
eJewish Philanthropy, March 11, 2010
"From Emma Lazarus’ poem engraved on the Statue of Liberty, to the site of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, to Barbra Streisand’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame – Jewish women’s history is written on the streets of North America."
*For a complete list of press about On the Map, visit What People are Saying.
The Album as Archive: The Photograph as Story
Selected Media Mentions, 2009
Seriously Funny Jewish Women
Truth, Praise & Help by Renee Ghert-Zand, Nov. 27, 2009.
"Making Trouble is … is about women who defied stereotypes, took big risks and paved the way for female entertainers, Jewish and others, today. Jewish history is richer and the world a more enjoyable place because of their contributions."
Yo Yenta, Nov 24, 2009
"I’d like to see Making Trouble on the calendar of every Jewish Film Festival and in every Jewish livingroom library in the country. While it’ll have you guffawing and giggling, it serves as a vital addition to the Jewish archives…."
"Pride, Honor & Courage" New film focuses on Hartford-area Jewish women during World War II
Jewish Ledger, Oct 7, 2009.
JWA inspires WWII collecting project … and a movie.
Katrina’s Jewish Story
Jerusalem Report, August 31, 2009.
"Katrina’s Jewish Voices, an oral history project, aims at telling the stories of how Jewish lives were affected by the hurricane"
Jewish American Heritage Guide
Moment Magazine, May/June 2009
Jonathan Sarna writes: "The institutions listed in this guide—archives, historical societies, museums and more—have taken the lead in preserving and recounting that story. Thanks to them, people here and abroad are becoming versed in the American Jewish experience. During Jewish American Heritage Month, in particular, we owe these institutions our gratitude."
Meet Gail Reimer: Founding Director of the Jewish Women's Archive
AAUW Dialog (American Association of University Women), May 29, 2009
JTA's 100 Most Influential Jewish Twitterers
JTA, May 1, 2009
JWA ranked #12 on the list of 25 most influential Jewish organizations that have "staked their claim in twitter realty:"
Selected Press Mentions, 2008
Jewesses With Attitude Mock Election Results
Washington Jewish Week, November 7, 2008
Hannah Blocker; broke Jewish barriers
Boston Globe, November 4, 2008
Profile: Gail Reimer
Hadassah Magazine, February 2008, by Deborah Fineblum Raub
"This professor-turned-archivist is determined to make strong Jewish women a thing of the past, present and future."
The Rise and Fall – and Rise – of "Jewess"
Nextbook, May 14, 2008, by Daniel Krieger
"'The exoticism was part of the way in which Americans in the early nineteenth-century thought about Jews, and it especially applied to Jewish women,' says Karla Goldman, former historian in residence at the Jewish Women's Archive…."
Jewish American Heritage Month
In May, celebrate Jews who helped shape American history
Cleveland Jewish News, May 19, 2008, by Lila Hanft (original is posted to her blog)
"Founded in 1995, The Jewish Women’s Archive (JWA) collects historical material by and about American Jewish women, offering a vast array of unique online material you would be hard-pressed to find anywhere else."
Online Press Mentions, 2007
Washington Post, June 16, 2007
Slate Magazine, June 13, 2007
Jerusalem Post, June 16, 2007
San Francisco Bay Guardian, July 17, 2007
This Week in History
Huffington Post, August 24, 2007
JSpot.org, March 21, 2007
MyJewishLearning.com, March 6, 2007
Tracing the Tribe (a JTA blog), February 22, 2007
Daily Bagel (features This Week in History feed)
Jewish American Heritage Month
Official Jewish American Heritage Month Website (features JWA's JAHM badge)
Jewschool, April 25, 2007
Jewish Women and the Feminist Revolution
Jewesses With Attitude
Seattle Times, August 18, 2007
Dallas Morning News, August 11, 2007
Girl w/Pen, August 30, 2007
That Is So Queer…, August 7, 2007
Wichita Eagle, August 4, 2007, "Web Watch: jwablog.jwa.org"
"JWA stands for Jewish Women's Archive and for Jewesses With Attitude. This blog is a project of the women's group, written by young Jewish women willing to share their opinions on pop culture, art, current events and their religion. A recent post explores women wearing kippahs (the small, round head covering s more often seen on Jewish men). Another analyzes similarities between a quinceanera and a bat mitzvah. The writers don't shy from revealing their feminist, progressive views, and they invite readers to share opinions on controversial topics including the HPV vaccine, same-sex marriage and "mommy wars."
Divah World, July 6, 2007
Kolot: Meet Judith Rosenbaum, JSpot, July 3, 2007
Ayecha, March 7, 2007 (JWA is listed as a resource in the article)
Jewess, February 7, 2007 (one of many references)
Walking on Fire, January 11, 2007
Conversations With Writers, November 22, 2006 (Jewesses With Attitude is listed as a "literary blog activist")
Yo, Yenta!, April 18, 2006
In Our Own Voices
Reform Judaism Magazine, Fall 2007 (one of several reviews)
Katrina's Jewish Voices
Carol Wise, Cynthia Farber, Millie Hyman Asher interviewed by Marcy Levinson: "Jewish Brunch with the JT Bunch" on WMLB 1690 in Atlanta, September 2, 2007
Selected press, 2005 and earlier
"EAST VILLAGE MAMELE: Funny Ladies"
The Forward, March 25, 2005 by Marjorie Ingall
"So I had an evening out, for the first time since Maxine's birth. I attended "So Laugh a Little," an evening of Jewish women's comedy benefiting the Jewish Women's Archive (jwa.org), an organization that supports research, fosters chick-power activism, and creates curricula about American Jewish women in history and today. ...Some of that diversity is showcased in Joan Micklin Silver's forthcoming documentary, "Only Faster," clips of which were screened at the benefit. It profiles six legendary Jewish comedians: Sophie Tucker, Fanny Brice, Molly Picon, Judy Holliday, Madeline Kahn and Gilda Radner."
So Laugh A Little
"Out & About with A.L. Gordon" in The New York Sun, March 15, 2005
"Laughter rippled through the crowd easily and often at Monday's Jewish Women's Archive gala, 'So Laugh A Little: An Evening of of Jewish Women's Comedy.' More than 650 guests gathered at the Copacabana for a lineup of female entertainers."
"Change Agent For Women"
The Jewish Week (New York), March 18, 2005 by Debra Nussbaum Cohen Honoring Barbara Dobkin, it was clear from the start that the Jewish Women's Archive benefit couldn't be your typical rubber-chicken dinner.
No, the sold-out fund raiser at the Copacabana nightclub Monday night was as cheeky as its honoree.
Profile: Barbara Dobkin
New York Newsday, March 15, 2005 by Sheila McKenna
"If girls don't have role models, they can't begin to imagine the possibilities for themselves. And while there are role models, there are not enough, in my mind, in the Jewish community. I also believe that if boys and girls learn about what women have, and are, contributing to the Jewish community that ... stereotyping ... will stop. It's all about building respect and raising awareness."
"Daring Doers Honored"
The Chicago Tribune, November 3, 2004, by Beth Kanter
"An elevator ride 13 years ago changed Marion Stone's life and, as a result, the lives of thousands of Chicago Public School students. That morning Stone bumped into neighbor Joanne Alter, who was on her way to tutor at Byrd Community Academy on the Near North Side....Stone and Alter are two of the four local individuals being honored with the Jewish Women Who Dared award and whose stories are the subject of an online exhibit [at www.jwa.org], featuring Jewish women across the country."
"Now, remembering the Jewish women"
The Boston Globe, September 12, 2004, by Valerie Conners
"Their accomplishment are grand, their stories largely untold: A Nobel Prize-winning scientist. An Olympic gold medal track star. A labor reform and civil rights activists. A participant in the creation of Israel. They are all Jewish women, and thus month, as the 350th anniversary of Jews' arrival in America is commemorated across the country, their stories will be part of the celebration, thanks in part to the Brookline-based Jewish Women's Archive."
"Web Site Reviews"
The Journal of American History, published by the Organization of American Historians, September 2004, by Marjorie N. Feld
"The site is easily navigable and uses various media, including video and audio clips. Materials on many of the women featured on it can be found in multiple sections, connected by internal links....The JWA's growth--perhaps especially the growth of the Virtual Archive--promises scholars a wealth of material to study these crucial questions. As it integrates women of increasingly diverse backgrounds and pioneers new ways to study Jewish women using the Web, all of its audiences will benefit."
Baltimore Jewish Times, June 18, 2004, by Joel N. Shurkin
"The next time the American Jewish community celebrates its anniversary in the United States -- which happens this year -- it needs to do a better job than its predecessors, according to a historian. Not forgetting the role of Jewish women would be a start, says Dr. Karla Goldman, historian-in-residence at the Jewish Women's Archive in Massachusetts."
"Anniversary events honor Jewish women's place in history"
Fort Worth, Texas Star-Telegram, May 8, 2004, by Holly Lebowitz Rossi, Religion News Service
"By the year 1880, there was only one house in Santa Fe, N.M., that could boast running water and gas appliances. The house belonged to Flora Spiegelberg, a German-born Jewish pioneer woman who traveled across America to settle with her husband in Santa Fe. She is one of many women whose lives might otherwise be forgotten if not for the Jewish Women's Archive."
"Legacy of Women"
The Forward, April 16, 2004, by Sarah Kricheff
"Within every human being there is a universe, a lifetime of stories, people and ideas. When these stories are left untold, as often happens, they are irrevocably lost....The [Weaving Women's Words: Baltimore Stories] exhibit, presented, developed and curated by the Jewish Women's Archive, arose from the JWA's initiative to preserve the voices and histories off American Jewish women."
"Family Treasures Hold Kosher America's Roots"
The New York Times, March 31, 2004, by Joan Nathan
"'We are attempting to discover the extraordinary in ordinary women's lives,' said Gail Twersky Reimer, director of the Jewish Women's Archive...."
"Making art from the stuff of memories"
The Baltimore Sun, March 28, 2004, by Stephanie Shapiro
"Neither one medium nor one dimension can contain the lives depicted in [the Jewish Women's Archive's exhibition at the Jewish Museum of Maryland,] Weaving Women's Words: Baltimore Stories. ...In disparate pieces, the artists, all Jewish women themselves, are united by a profound sense of empathy with their subjects, most of whom they have never met."
Bnai Brith magazine, Spring 2004, by Gabrielle Birkner
"'Women have had a large role in Jewish institution-building in America,' says Hollace Weiner, a Fort Worth, Texas-based JWA [Jewish Women's Archive] research fellow. 'It's important that we acknowledge that they've done more than just pour coffee at oneg Shabbat.'"
"A young profile in courage: Student works to end violence"
Boston Sunday Globe, March 7, 2004, by Cate Coulacos Prato
"It takes courage to remove yourself from a domestic abuse situation, especially when you're a teenager. But to then take your message public to help others in your community -- that deserves an award. Clark University student Rebecca Chernin, 19, received a Women Who Dared award last week from the Jewish Women's Archive of Brookline."
"Women of Valor: Emma Goldman, 1869-1940"
Public History Resource Center, January 5, 2004, by Lauren Kata
"This site clearly has the potential to appeal to educators and students: as the site exists right now, especially with the timeline and bibliography, it is an excellent resource that teachers and students may find extremely useful."
Dissolving Boundaries: Gail Twersky Reimer '72, SLC.edu / Magazine / Summer 2003 Issue