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After a lifetime of silence, Deborah Strobin shares her story

For most of her life, philanthropist Deborah Strobin kept her past a secret from her friends, her children, and even her husband.

The Patriots to honor memory of their "Jewish mother," Myra Kraft, at the Super Bowl

It's a tradition for players in the Super Bowl to wear a patch with the Roman numerals of the game's year on the left side of their chests (46, or XLVI, this year). On Sunday in Indianapolis, the Patriots will be wearing it on the right side; the left is already occupied by a patch honoring Myra Hiatt Kraft, the wife of team owner Robert Kraft who died in July of 2011.

Susan G. Komen halts partnership with Planned Parenthood

Today we learned that Susan G. Komen For The Cure, the nation's leading breast cancer charity, is ending its partnership with Planned Parenthood in a move that will result in a major loss of funding for breast exams at Planned Parenthood. Last year, Komen grants totaling roughly $680,000 were distributed to at least 19 Planned Parenthood affiliates to fund breast exams and other breast-health services.

Miriam Rayman Solomon, 1919 - 2011

Our mother was a woman of lists.  In her distinctive beautiful 6 point rounded script she would constantly create lists… When we three sons or the grandchildren came home, the lists included the issues she wanted to talk to us about: from the mundane to the most philosophical.  Every trip included an invitation to Mother& Daddy’s room for an intense personal conversation in which Mother thoroughly discussed each item until she was satisfied and then checked them off —one by one.  You needn’t have a psychology degree to understand that lists were Mother’s means of being

Fall Donor Spotlight

This fall, JWA is recognizing the contributions of three very different donors.

Remembering Myra Kraft, 'Jewess with attitude'

Last Friday, a temple in a Boston suburb was filled to overflowing.

Barbara Dobkin receives Honorary Degree

May 5, 2011

Barbara Dobkin, the Founding Chair of the Jewish Women's Archive, receives an honorary degree from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.

Joan Berman Cutler, 1930 - 2010

by Ellen Cutler Calmas

Let me start by apologizing publically to my mother for using the “G” word, “grandmother,” in the papers.

She was “Joany” to everyone, including all our children.

She was Joany to so much of Boston.

She was the prettier half of Joan and Ted, and half of an amazing couple that brought about so many full-fledged improvements for the City of Boston.

As so many people have suggested, my mother was a presence. Not only that she had a presence, but that she was one.

Isabelle Charlotte Weinstein Goldenson, 1921 - 2005

I am profoundly grateful to the Israel Cancer Research Fund for honoring my mother, Isabelle Charlotte Weinstein Goldenson, as a Woman of Action. She would have been beyond grateful because, quite frankly, she never received credit during her lifetime for all that she accomplished. She was constantly eclipsed by my father's visibility (although he never sought recognition himself). Theirs was a partnership of sixty years. He was a business visionary; she was an eleemosynary visionary. He convinced the motion picture industry to produce television.

Beatrice Holtzman Schneiderman, 1904 - 1996

She was the smartest woman I have ever known, but she could flirt with the best of them, batting her eyelashes and putting on plenty of Southern charm. That was my grandmother, Mama Bea, who was born in Atlanta, Georgia, in 1904, and who died in 1996 at the age of 91.


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Jewish Women's Archive. "Philanthropy." (Viewed on March 2, 2015) <>.


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