JWA Staff

Judith Rosenbaum, PhD, Chief Executive Officer

Judith Rosenbaum (she/her) 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 Fellowship and was awarded a Schusterman Fellowship for Jewish leaders.

Judith regularly publishes in both academic and popular journals and blogs including Tablet, The Forward, HuffPost, Sh’ma Magazine, Hadassah magazine, and Kveller, as well as in several anthologies, including Gender and Jewish History, Women of Katrina, The New Jewish Canon, 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 (she/her) 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

Hannah Altman, Marketing Manager

Hannah Altman (she/her) is a New Jersey native with a BFA in Photography from Point Park University and an MFA in Photography and Film from Virginia Commonwealth University. During her time in Richmond, she wrote her thesis dissertation Kavanna: Photography, Jewish Storytelling, and Memory on images that contribute to collective Jewish memory. Her photography monograph of the same name is in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Museum of Modern Art libraries. She brings her passion for Jewish feminism and storytelling to the Jewish Women's Archive to honor our history and elevate our future.

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Alex Asal, Encyclopedia Digital Assistant

Alex Asal (she/her) discovered her passion for archives while studying History at Smith College. She went on to earn an MA in Public History from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, with subject-matter concentrations in United States Women’s History and Modern Global Jewish History. She has worked in several archives and historic sites, most recently Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site in her current home of Philadelphia. She is happiest working in institutions dedicated to women’s history, but she also believes that, with the right attitude, all institutions can fit that definition.

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Emma Breitman, Executive and Development Assistant

Emma Breitman (she/her) grew up in Boulder, Colorado. She attended CU Boulder, where she majored in Women and Gender Studies with minors in Ethnic Studies, Spanish and a certificate in LGBT Studies. Emma is very passionate about how media shapes our understanding of race, class, gender and sexuality. Her honors thesis, Queer Futurity and Hybridity in "Arrival" and "Embrace of the Serpent", explored how the queered, racialized, and Othered groups in the films Arrival and Embrace of the Serpent were seen by hegemonic culture as an infection. Emma is excited to bring her passion for media to JWA and explore the intersection of Judaism and Feminism.

Email Emma Breitman / Tel: (720) 934-7347

Patrick Dash, Web Developer

Patrick Dash (he/him) 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

Cassia Kisshauer, Encyclopedia Digital Assistant

Cassia Kisshauer is a 2020 MSLIS graduate from Pratt Institute. She has worked in libraries and archives for over four years. Her interests include instruction, reference, rare books, and critical librarianship. She loves learning about Jewish history in America, interfaith family experiences, and the intersections of religion and justice. Cassia has also earned a Master of Theological Studies with Jewish Studies Certificate from Vanderbilt University and BA in History from Belmont University.

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Shira Kraft, Chief Communications and Development Officer

Shira Kraft (she/her) 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

Betsy More, Director of Programs

Betsy More (she/her) 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 (she/her) 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 (she/her) 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 (she/her) 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 (she/her) 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

Emma Mair, Rising Voices Fellowship Alumnae Coordinator

Emma Mair (she/her) 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.

Lucy Marshall, Twersky Education Fellow

Lucy Marshall (she/her) is a Jewish educator, grassroots organizer, youth worker, and facilitator based on Dakota land in Minneapolis. She’s pursuing her MSW at the University of Minnesota and MA in Jewish Education at the Jewish Theological Seminary. As an educator and social work intern at Shir Tikvah Congregation in Minneapolis, Lucy mobilizes Jewish communities to work visibly and Jewishly for justice. She volunteers with Jewish Community Action’s Decriminalizing Communities campaign and leads monthly Rosh Chodesh well circles for women, trans, and nonbinary folks in the Twin Cities. Inspired by the legacies of her ancestors, Lucy believes in the power of arts, ritual, and storytelling to move toward intergenerational healing, radical imagination, and collective power. Lucy is thrilled to contribute to Jewish Women’s Archive’s movement for sharing stories and inspiring change, and she is honored to learn with the JWA community as the 2020–2021 Twersky Education Fellow.

Daniela Goodman Rabner, Encyclopedia Intern

Originally from Mexico City, Daniela Goodman Rabner (she/her/hers) is a rising senior at Barnard College from Las Vegas, Nevada. Studying Yiddish Studies and History with a concentration in Empire and Colonialism, her research focuses on scenes of anti-Jewish violence in the Russian Empire, the Jewish Labor Bund, and its impact on revolutionary politics from 1903 to 1921. When not hiking or roasting brussels sprouts, Daniela works as a peer educator at Barnard’s Speaking Center and is an active member of the Bayit, Columbia’s Jewish Food Co-op.

Alex Swerdloff, Oral History Intern

Alex Swerdloff (she/her) is a rising senior from Boise, Idaho studying Peace and Justice Studies at Wellesley College. At Wellesley, she is an active member of Wellesley's student-run radio station and works as a Resident Assistant. In her free time, she likes to read, write, and play ultimate frisbee. She is passionate about telling women's stories and is enjoying learning about Jewish women's history through her work as an oral history intern.

Naomi Walthour, Encyclopedia Intern

Naomi (she/her) is from Minneapolis, Minnesota. She is a rising sophomore in the Double Degree Program between Barnard College and List College, majoring (tentatively) in History and Jewish Gender and Women’s Studies. On campus, Naomi is an active member at the Columbia/Barnard Hillel and is a member of Pizmon, the co-ed pluralistic Jewish a cappella group of Columbia University, Barnard College, and the Jewish Theological Seminary. She enjoys singing, reading, and spending time with loved ones.

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Jewish Women's Archive. "JWA Staff." (Viewed on August 2, 2021) <https://jwa.org/aboutjwa/whoweare>.


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