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.

Hannah Altman, Digital Media Editor & Communications 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 Kavana: 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.

Email Hannah Altman / Tel: (617) 383-6761

Sarah Biskowitz, Manager of the Rising Voices Fellowship

Sarah Biskowitz (she/her) is excited to manage the Rising Voices Fellowship for high school students, especially as she is a proud RVF alum herself from the 2016-2017 RVF cohort. Before working at JWA, Sarah completed the Year Program at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies and served as the Richard S. Herman fellow in bibliography and exhibitions at the Yiddish Book Center. A graduate of Smith College, her work has been published in Jewish Currents, Hey Alma, Pakn Treger, and In geveb: A Journal of Yiddish Studies. She has spoken about feminist Yiddish culture at the Maine Conference for Jewish Life, the Association for Jewish Studies conference, and various synagogue and Moishe House events. Visit her website www.sarahbiskowitz.com.

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

Debra Cash, Chief Development Officer

Debra Cash (she/her) has held senior leadership roles in corporate and nonprofit settings where she created innovative programs, built productive partnerships, and made compelling cases for philanthropic support from individuals, foundations, corporations and government agencies. Prior to coming to JWA she was Executive Director of Boston Dance Alliance, recognized by the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network as one of the four best small nonprofits in the state. An active freelance writer, speaker, panelist, and grant writer, she reported on the arts for the Boston Globe for 17 years and for public radio for five, and has served as Scholar in Residence at Jacob’s Pillow and the Bates Dance Festivals. Debra is a longtime member of the extended havurah community. Her award-winning, Jewish-themed poetry and liturgy have been anthologized in Anita Diamant’s books on Jewish life, on OpenSiddur.org, and in both the Reform and Reconstructionist prayer books. Debra earned her B.A. at Brandeis University and a Master’s degree in Design Studies at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and completed Bloomberg Philanthropies’ training in strategic nonprofit management.

Email Debra Cash/ Tel: (617) 383-6769

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

Wendy Gross, Development and Executive Assistant

Wendy Gross (she/her) is very excited to be joining the Jewish Women’s Archive as the Development and Executive Assistant. She grew up in a small town in Pennsylvania where as a child she developed a deep connection with nature. Wendy holds a degree in Veterinary Technology from Manor College. She worked for several years as a Vet Tech before branching out to retail and then office support. Wendy has spent most of her professional life in administrative work, most recently at Temple Shalom of Newton and Mayyim Hayyim. She moved to Massachusetts in 2018 and lives in Canton with her two cats, Ajani and Raksha. Wendy enjoys hiking in nearby Blue Hills Reservation and embracing her inner nerd by playing Dungeons & Dragons with friends.

Email Wendy Gross/ Tel: (617) 383-6751

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 fifteen 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. In addition to her role at JWA, she is also a licensed yoga teacher and a long-time meditation practitioner.

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

Jennifer Richler, Podcast Producer & Blog Editor

Jen Richler (she/her) grew up in Montreal, Canada, but has lived in the US for over half her life. She has a BA in Cognitive Science from Yale University and a PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Michigan. So how did she end up as podcast producer and content editor at JWA? A few years after finishing grad school, she decided to leave academia to pursue her passion for journalism. As a freelance writer, she published stories in a wide range of outlets, including Tablet, JTA, Scientific American, and the New York Times. More recently, she decided to try her hand at audio production and became a freelance producer. She's interested in too many topics to list, but especially Israeli and Jewish culture and society, educational equity, and parenting. She lives in Bloomington, Indiana with her family.

Email Jennifer Richler / Tel: (617) 383-6765

Nahanni Rous, Host and Senior Producer, Can We Talk?

Nahanni Rous (she/her) is a host and senior producer of Can We Talk? In this role, she has flown over the Chesapeake Bay in the cockpit of a Cessna, chopped garlic in the London kitchen of a world-class chef, and witnessed a small riot at the Western Wall in Jerusalem. Nahanni is also lead producer of Those Who Were There, a podcast based on testimonies from Yale University's Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, which includes Remembering Vilna: the Jerusalem of Lithuania, a ten-part audio documentary about Jewish life and the destruction of the Vilna Jewish community. She is a past producer of Making Gay History, a founding staff member of the media organization Just Vision, and a producer of Just Vision’s documentary film Encounter Point. She is a MacDowell fellow, an amateur cellist, and lives with her family in Washington, DC.

Jennifer Sartori, PhD, Chief Communications Officer and Encyclopedia Editor

Jennifer Sartori (she/her) brings years of experience in public history, Jewish studies, and feminism to her work as Communications Director and Editor of JWA's 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 came 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 & 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

Erica Riddick, Twersky Education Fellow

Erica Riddick (she/they) is a passionate educator who wears many hats. In addition to her role as JWA's 2022-2024 Twersky Education Fellow, Erica is Special Projects Manager at Beloved Garden, founding Director of Jews of Color Sanctuary, creator of the Bilhah Zilpah Project, Creative Facilitation Fellow at the Jewish Studio Project, facilitator at Rising Tide: Open Waters Mikveh Network, and owner of Design Theanthropic, a residential design and renovation initiative. Erica lived in Jerusalem while studying at Pardes Institute for Jewish Studies, was a 2022 Pardes Mahloket Matters Fellow, the 2021 National Havurah Committee Hollander Social Justice Fellow, and a 2018 JewV’Nation Fellow. A storyteller at heart, Erica enjoys live action role playing gaming, improv, and ballroom dancing.

Galya Cohen, Intern

Galya Cohen is a first year at the Double Degree program between Barnard College and The Jewish Theological Seminary. She is planning on majoring in Psychology and Jewish Gender and Women’s Studies. Galya is originally from Riverdale, NY, and is passionate about Jewish feminism, softball, and musical theater.

Georgia Fried, Intern

Georgia Fried is a sophomore in the double degree program between Barnard College and the Jewish Theological Seminary studying American Studies and Jewish History. She is an alum of the Rising Voices Fellowship and is excited to return to JWA as an intern. Originally from Columbus, Ohio, she enjoys writing, cooking, and spending time with friends.

Judy Goldstein, Intern

Judy Goldstein is a sophomore double degree at Barnard College and the Jewish Theological Seminary studying History and Jewish Gender and Women's Studies. A past JWA Rising Voices Fellow, she is thrilled to help Jewish students around the country find their voices through writing. Originally from Bethesda, Maryland, she enjoys jewelry making and exploring the museums of New York City.

Lee Must, Intern

Lee Must is a junior at Oberlin College studying Art History and Psychology with a minor in East Asian Studies. They are interested in exploring diverse perspectives and backgrounds within modern art and enjoy research and library science. Their involvement in leadership with the Oberlin Jewish community has led them to appreciate JWA's mission. From Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, Lee is passionate about the Great Lakes region they call home. Lee enjoys visiting museums, baking desserts, and biking in their free time.

Contributing Blog Writers

Sarah Jae Leiber

Sarah Jae Leiber writes about popular culture for JWA's blog. She is a Jewish playwright, screenwriter, comedy writer, and essayist from just outside of Philadelphia, PA. Her work exists at Bitch Media, Bright Wall/Dark Room, JTA, The Broadway Beat, BroadwayWorld, Screen Queens, Sally Mag, Small Screen, The Niche, Uncomfortable Revolution, The Validation Project, and Screen Mayhem. Sarah works in marketing and communications at the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene. She previously served as entertainment editor at BroadwayWorld and was a member of Actors Theatre of Louisville’s 48th Professional Training Company. B.A. in theatre and history from Muhlenberg College. You can find her whole portfolio here, and you can find her on Twitter @sarahjaeleiber.

 

Sarah Groustra

Sarah Groustra is a Massachusetts-born, Brooklyn-based writer and theatermaker. Her menstrual advocacy work has been profiled by Teen Vogue, the Boston Globe, ATTN, and NPR. Her writing has appeared on the JWA blog and in Lilith magazine. She is a proud alumna of the Rising Voices Fellowship (2015–2016) and Kenyon College. Sarah's plays have been produced in New York City, California, and beyond. You can read more at sarahgroustra.com

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