JWA Staff

Judith Rosenbaum, Ph.D., Executive Director

Judith Rosenbaum is Executive Director 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 Rosenbaum regularly publishes in both academic and popular journals and blogs including Tablet, the Forward, the Huffington Post, the Jewish Week, Tikkun magazine, Sh’ma magazine, PresenTense, Reform Judaism magazine, MyJewishLearning, Kveller.com, 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 Development

Dina Adelsky was born in Russia and immigrated to Boston with her family at age 3. 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 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

Karen Kashian, Staff Accountant

Karen Kashian is very passionate about social action and feminism. JWA’s feminist perspective is what first captured Karen’s interest in JWA, and she has enjoyed her part-time work here since 2005. She has worked in nonprofit accounting for over 23 years. In addition to the financial health of any nonprofit organization, it is the mission statement that makes her work exciting and worthwhile. Prior to her work with nonprofits, she spent ten years working at a CPA firm in Boston with the firm’s small business clients. This was a time when businesses were beginning to computerize their accounting functions, and she enjoyed implementing new systems and training the client’s bookkeeping and administrative staff. In her spare time, Karen is a singer in a local choir, a dancer, and an avid reader.

Email Karen Kashian / Tel: (617) 383-6765

Shira Kraft, Senior Director of Communications and Development

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 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 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 Ph.D. 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, MA with her husband and daughter.

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

Mikki Pugh, Senior Director of Programs and Operations

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, Ph.D., 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 13 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, Ph.D., 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

Michaela Brown, Twersky Education Fellow

Michaela Brown is a proud native Virginian, spending the first 23 years of her life in Northern VA and Charlottesville. She developed a deep passion for Jewish community and feminism during high school through her involvement with B'nai B'rith Girls (BBG) and BBYO, serving as the International N'siah (President) of BBG for 2013-204, traveling to dozens of Jewish communities globally. She earned her BA in Jewish Studies with a minor in Women, Gender, and Sexuality studies at the University of Virginia, where her capstone project was researching and developing Jewish sex education curricula for adolescents and young adults. Her growing curiosity with engaging with traditional Jewish texts while using modern feminist and queer lenses led her to the Rabbinical School at Hebrew College in Newton Centre, MA, where she began studying in the Fall of 2019. Michaela is thrilled to join the JWA team as the inaugural Twersky Education Fellow and to continue creating more feminist Torah for the 21st century!

Sophie Hurwitz, New Voices Fellow

Sophie Hurwitz is JWA’s 2019-2020 New Voices Fellow. She is a lifelong St. Louis resident who was recently transplanted to Massachusetts to study History and Environmental Studies at Wellesley College. At Wellesley, she serves as News Editor for the college newspaper, and is a student activist working on issues surrounding mass incarceration. Sophie is excited to bring her passion for historical writing and the Jewish community to JWA, and can be found on Twitter @sophiehurwitz.

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.

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Jewish Women's Archive. "JWA Staff." (Viewed on September 23, 2019) <https://jwa.org/aboutjwa/whoweare>.

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