JWA Staff

Judith Rosenbaum, PhD, Chief Executive Officer

Judith Rosenbaum is CEO of the Jewish Women’s Archive, a pioneering national organization that documents Jewish women’s stories, elevates their voices, and inspires them to be agents of change.

An educator, historian, and writer, Judith served for nearly a decade as JWA’s Director of Public History and Director of Education, developing its major programs and educational initiatives.

Judith earned a BA in History from Yale University and a PhD in American Studies from Brown University. She won a Fulbright Fellowship to study women’s collective communities in Israel, and received a dissertation grant from the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study to pursue research on the women’s health movement. Judith has taught and lectured widely on Jewish studies and women’s studies at institutions including Brown University, Boston University, Hebrew College, and Gann Academy. She also serves on the faculty of the Bronfman Youth Fellowships.

Judith regularly publishes in both academic and popular journals and blogs including Tablet, The Forward, Huffpost, The Jewish Week, Tikkun Magazine, Sh’ma Magazine, PresenTense, Reform Judaism magazine, MyJewishLearning, Kveller, and Role/Reboot, as well as in several anthologies, including Gender and Jewish History, Women of Katrina, Righteous Indignation: A Jewish Call for Justice, and The Women’s Passover Companion: Women’s Reflections on the Festival of Freedom.

Email Judith Rosenbaum / Tel: (617) 383-6752

Dina Adelsky, Director of Advancement

Dina Adelsky was born in Russia and immigrated to Boston with her family at age three. The kindness and philanthropy of American Jewry, concerned with the future of the Jewish people, gave Dina the opportunity to receive a Jewish education and form a strong values-based Jewish identity. Dina received her BA and MA in Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan, and served as a year-long Jewish Service Corps fellow in Odessa, Ukraine through the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee. Before joining JWA, she worked in development in a variety of settings, including Jewish day schools and a major Boston medical center. Grateful for the generosity of strangers and having a deep appreciation for the value of “paying it forward,” Dina is honored to develop connections between philanthropic individuals and the Jewish Women’s Archive so that the next generation can continue to build on the important achievements of our ancestors.

Email Dina Adelsky / Tel: (617) 383-6767

Abigail Belyea, Executive and Development Assistant

Abby Belyea grew up in Holliston, Massachusetts. She attended Brandeis University, where she double majored in Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies and International and Global Studies. She studied for a semester in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where she developed a passion for promoting access to reproductive healthcare as a human right. While at Brandeis, she studied reproductive justice issues and worked on the executive board of a club that initiated a campaign to install a vending machine that would sell reproductive healthcare items at an affordable cost at all times on the Brandeis campus. Abby is excited to bring her passion for ensuring equal rights regardless of class, race, gender identification, or sexual orientation to JWA.

Email Abigail Belyea / Tel: (617) 383-6751

Patrick Dash, Web Developer

Patrick Dash brings his enthusiasm, technical knowledge, and passion for web development to JWA. Patrick studied English at Boston University, where he also discovered his interest in web design, building a new website for the Student Activities Office. He has since worked for various companies designing and maintaining websites, and spent several years working for a student financing company in many capacities, including Information Management. Patrick is excited to continue his career at JWA.

Email Patrick Dash / Tel: (617) 383-6761

Shira Kraft, Chief Communications and Development Officer

Shira Kraft returns to the Boston area after years of impacting communities in New York, Washington DC, and St. Louis. She received her BA in Art History and Visual Arts from Barnard College where gender equality and women’s empowerment were foundations of her undergraduate education. Shira has ten years of experience in art consulting and administration. Her family’s move to St. Louis in 2014 provided an opportunity to combine her passions for the arts, Jewish education, and community building. Most recently, she was the Director of Nishmah: The St. Louis Jewish Women’s Project, inspiring women and girls to live richer, more purposeful lives. At the core of Shira’s work is her expert ability to build meaningful connections. Shira is thrilled to lead the JWA team’s strategic vision for communications and development, increasing the organization’s visibility and enhancing its impact.

Email Shira Kraft / Tel: (617) 860-3010

Rebecca Long, Digital Content Editor

Rebecca Long is a Southern California native, born and raised in the greater Los Angeles area. She is an alumna of Allegheny College, where she graduated cum laude with a BA in English Literature and minors in Women's Studies and History. She also holds a certificate in copyediting from Emerson College. She moved to Boston in 2015, where she worked as Assistant Editor at National Geographic Learning before joining the Jewish Women’s Archive in 2018. In her spare time, she writes for publications like The Guardian, VICE, Bitch Media, Bust Magazine, and Electric Literature, sings in the intergenerational Yiddish choir, A Besere Velt, and cross stitches. You can find her on Twitter at @bex_long.

Email Rebecca Long / Tel: (617) 383-6753

Betsy More, Director of Programs

Betsy More earned her PhD in history in 2012 from Harvard University, where her research focused on the history of work and motherhood in the United States. She has taught widely in American history, American studies, and women's and gender studies. She is a recipient of fellowships including the Mellon/ACLS Early Career Research Fellowship and the Women and Public Policy Fellowship from the Harvard Kennedy School. Most recently, she served as the Director of Open Circle Jewish Learning at Hebrew College. She lives in Belmont, Massachusetts with her husband and daughter.

Email Betsy More / Tel: (617) 383-6764

Mikki Pugh, Chief of Staff

Mikki Pugh is a licensed independent clinical social worker with over ten years of experience in feminist nonprofit management, including gender-specific program development, curriculum design, and evaluation. Mikki holds a BA in Psychology and Women's Studies from Skidmore College and an MSW from UNC Chapel Hill. She is also a licensed yoga teacher and long-time meditation practitioner, serving as a volunteer in underserved communities throughout Greater Boston.

Email Mikki Pugh / Tel: (617) 383-6763

Sarah Quiat, Program Manager

Sarah Quiat grew up in Boulder, Colorado. As an undergraduate student, she studied economics and Jewish studies at Vassar College in New York. In her economics coursework, she researched the impact of motherhood on labor outcomes through the "Lesbian Wage Premium," and, in her Jewish studies major, focused on Jewish approaches to social justice and the history of Yiddish speaking immigrants in the United States. After graduating, Sarah received the Yiddish Book Center Fellowship and spent a year working in education and translation at the Yiddish Book Center in western Massachusetts. She is excited to continue working with Judaism and feminism as empowering lenses for engaging with social justice work at the Jewish Women's Archive, and to work with the Rising Voices Fellows on the project of amplifying Jewish women's voices.

Email Sarah Quiat / Tel: (617) 383-6767

Jennifer Sartori, PhD, Editor, Shalvi/Hyman Encyclopedia of Jewish Women

Jennifer Sartori brings years of experience in public history, Jewish studies, and feminism to her work as Editor of the Shalvi/Hyman Encyclopedia of Jewish Women, an extensive revision of “Jewish Women: A Comprehensive Historical Encyclopedia.” released on CD-ROM in 2006 and available on the JWA website since 2009. She received her BA in History with a concentration in Feminist and Gender Studies from Haverford College and her MA and PhD in History from Emory University. Jenny comes to JWA from Northeastern University, where she taught for thirteen years and served as Associate Director of the Jewish Studies program. Prior to joining the Northeastern faculty, she served as Director of the Women of Valor program and Director of Education at JWA. Her own research has focused on the shaping of modern Jewish identities, from her graduate work on the education of Jewish girls in 19th- and 20th-century France through her current study of adoption and Jewish identity in the United States today. She is also Co-Director, with Dr. Jayne Guberman, of the Adoption and Jewish Identity Project.

Email Jennifer Sartori / Tel: (617) 383-6756

Gail Twersky Reimer, PhD, Founding Director

A graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, Reimer began her professional career as a faculty member of Wellesley College shortly after receiving her PhD in English and American Literature from Rutgers University. In the early 1990’s, while serving as Associate Director of the Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities, Reimer conceived and co-edited two anthologies of Jewish women’s writings – Reading Ruth:Women Reclaim a Sacred Story and Beginning Anew: A Woman’s Companion to the High Holy Days. This work led to the founding of the Jewish Women’s Archive in 1995. Reimer’s leadership of JWA has been acknowledged with numerous awards including being named by The Forward (2001) as one of the 50 most influential Jews of the year and by Womens e-news (2006) as one of its 21 Leaders for the 21st century, honored by Auburn Theological Seminary (2011) at its “Lives of Commitment” event, and awarded the Dr. Benjamin J. Shevach Memorial Award for distinguished achievement in Jewish educational leadership by Hebrew College (2011); the American Jewish Distinguished Service Award from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (2012) and the Lee Max Friedman award for distinguished service in the field of American Jewish History by the American Jewish Historical Society (2014).

JWA Fellows and Interns

Emily Benoff, Story Aperture Intern

Emily Benoff graduated from Skidmore College in 2016, where she received a BA in English with a concentration on creative nonfiction writing. Since graduating, Emily has pursued her interests in special collections librarianship/archives and history through her work with historical and arts libraries and archives throughout the Washington, DC, and Baltimore areas. She has previously worked at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, DC, and the Glenstone Museum in Potomac, Maryland. Currently, Emily manages Baltimore's Collectible Books Department for ThriftBooks, an online used bookseller. She identifies, researches, and sells antiquarian books, as well as organizes departmental functions. Emily also volunteers at the Historical Society of Baltimore County's archival department. After attending an Oral History workshop earlier this year, she is excited to learn from JWA's staff and contribute to the Story Aperture project this summer!

Alyx Bernstein, Encyclopedia Intern

Alyx (she/her/hers) is a student at Barnard College and the Jewish Theological Seminary, majoring in Talmud and Rabbinics. She writes about Judaism, women, queers, and more for Tablet, JGirls, and the Columbia Current, and is a passionate activist for queer rights and feminism. She is on the board of the traditional egalitarian minyan at Columbia/Barnard Hillel, and she is also a member of the Keshet Board of Directors. When she isn't working, she can be found drinking iced coffee, reading a good book, or watching Star Trek, West Wing, the Chicago Red Stars, or Liverpool FC.

Emily Cohen, Encyclopedia Intern

Emily Cohen is a recent alumna of Bowdoin College, where she studied History and German and completed an honors thesis on Jewish community in East Germany. Most of her time outside of the classroom was spent as a reporter and editor for Bowdoin's independent student paper, the Bowdoin Orient. Through her work with the paper she learned about the importance of amplifying underrepresented voices and hopes to continue doing that work with JWA and beyond. In her free time, Emily loves to read and write, cook and bake, and get outside.

Adena Collens, Oral History Intern

Adena Collens is a rising senior at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts where she majors in Biological Sciences and Jewish Studies. She is deeply engaged with Jewish and Interfaith life on Smith’s campus as a co-president of the Smith College Jewish Community and a member of the Interfaith Student Advisory Board. Her oral history work with the Sophia Smith Collection of Women’s History and her passion for learning about Jewish women’s history fuels her work for JWA.

Emma Mair, Rising Voices Fellowship Alumnae Coordinator

Emma Mair is a student at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts where she is the musical coordinator for the Jewish Student Union. She is a life-long dancer of many disciplines, an avid reader, and an enthusiastic napper. An activist since birth, Emma cares deeply about issues regarding gender, race, environmental sustainability, and animal rights. Emma is a 2017-2018 Rising Voices Fellowship alumna.

Gustie Owens, Encyclopedia Intern

Gustie Owens is a student at Barnard College in New York City, where she is majoring in Urban Studies with a concentration in Anthropology. She cares deeply about creative ways of story-telling and conveying history, particularly as an agent of creating change. Beginning in April 2020, she has made babka once a week in a different shape (the best was babka-muffins).

Emma Platte, Oral History Intern

Emma Platte is a student at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts where she is pursuing an undergraduate degree in History and English. In her studies, she focuses on grassroots social history and the politics of monuments and memory in contemporary Germany. Currently, she is conducting research for her senior thesis on the small Baden town of Kippenheim, from 1933-1945. In her free time, Emma drinks copious amounts of coffee and watches ​The X-Files​. Before working with JWA, Emma interned at the Holocaust Museum and Learning Center in St. Louis, Missouri. She ​is delighted to work for another organization that prioritizes the voices of ordinary (and extraordinary) Jewish individuals from the past.

Katy Ronkin, Story Aperture Intern

Katy Ronkin is a student at the George Washington University in Washington, DC, where she studies Political Science and History, with a minor in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality studies. Outside of the classroom, she serves as the Programming Director for WRGW, GW's student-run radio station, and is an active member of GW Hillel. As a 2016-2017 Rising Voices Fellowship Alum, Katy took part in collecting some of the first oral histories for the Story Aperture Program. She is thrilled to be back at JWA, working on a project with such personal and historical significance.

Lily Spar, Encyclopedia Intern

Lily Spar is a student at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, studying History and Government. For the past five years, she has worked with organizations related to Jewish education, consent education, and sexual assault prevention. She is passionate about the intersections in religion, gender, and race. In her free time, Lily loves reading, listening to podcasts, and working as a stage manager.

Sophie Visscher-Lubinizki, Encyclopedia Intern

Sophie is a rising senior in the Double Degree program between Barnard College and List College, majoring in Dance Education and Modern Jewish Studies. Outside of her academic pursuits, Sophie is involved in many different groups around campus. She has produced, choreographed, and danced for Orchesis, the largest student performing arts group at Columbia, she dances in the Dance Department productions, and she is currently choreographing the 126th Annual Varsity Show which is Columbia’s oldest performing arts tradition. Off-campus, Sophie is an Assistant Teaching Artist at the Mark Morris Dance Group and a Marketing Intern at the Joyce Theater. Sophie serves as a volunteer teacher with Barnard’s Movement Exchange, a non-profit organization that brings dance education to underserved communities. In the future, Sophie intends to pursue a career in dance education and explore the intersection of Jewish education and arts education.

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Jewish Women's Archive. "JWA Staff." (Viewed on August 11, 2020) <https://jwa.org/aboutjwa/whoweare>.


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