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
Bella Book, Executive Assistant and Office Manager
Bella Book grew up in Whitsett, North Carolina, before attending Mount Holyoke College where she recently earned a BA in English and in History. She discovered her love of public history while studying abroad at the University of Edinburgh. Bella’s interests include the democratization of storytelling, championing women’s stories, and creating safe spaces for dialogue and learning. She manages JWA’s blog, Jewish Women, Amplified, as well as the JWA store. After many years of community involvement, research, and editing, Bella is excited to bring her organizational skills and love for women’s stories to JWA.
Email Bella Book / Tel: (617) 383-6751
Emily Cataneo, Social Media Manager
Emily Cataneo is a fiction writer and journalist who’s thrilled to bring her love for history, feminism, and women’s stories to the Jewish Women’s Archive. She holds a BA in European history and a BS in print journalism from Boston University. Prior to joining JWA, she worked as a reporter for eight different newspapers in the Greater Boston Area, then spent two years living in Berlin, Germany and writing her first novel. She also writes feminist speculative fiction short stories, which are available in a variety of magazines and anthologies. Emily’s experience with history, literature, and journalism sparked her interest in questioning male-dominated narratives and celebrating the stories that are too often left out of our books and newspapers.
Email Emily Cataneo / 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
Rachel King, Director of Marketing and Communications
Rachel King brings more than 25 years professional experience in communications, marketing, and development to JWA. She has worked in senior management for a range of cultural and educational institutions in the Greater Boston area, while also running her own communications consulting business. She is delighted to apply her interest in history, women’s studies, and Judaism to promoting JWA’s innovative work on- and offline. Rachel is a magna cum laude graduate of Brown University and holds a Master’s degree in English and American Literature from Columbia University. She serves on the advisory board of Yachad New England and on the social action committee of Temple Shalom of Newton. She is the proud mother of three young adults and a toddler dog.
Email Rachel King / Tel: (617) 860-3010
Larisa Klebe, Associate Director of Programs and Education
Larisa Klebe brings a background in Jewish Education and a passion for studying and teaching history to her role as Associate Director of Programs and Education at the Jewish Women’s Archive. She is dedicated to making history accessible to everyone, and to amplifying the voices of Jewish women through education. Larisa earned a BA from Brandeis University in History and European Cultural Studies with a minor in Music, and an MA from Tufts University in History and Museum Studies. Before returning to school for her Master’s degree, she worked as the Youth Educator at Temple Ohabei Shalom in Brookline.
Email Larisa Klebe / Tel: (617) 383-6764
Mikki Pugh, Director of Programs and Education
Mikki Pugh is a Boston native, born and raised in the small but mighty Jewish community of West Roxbury. An alumna of Solomon Schechter Day School and Boston Latin, Mikki went on to earn a BA in Psychology and Women’s Studies at Skidmore College, ultimately receiving her MSW from UNC Chapel Hill. Mikki has over ten years of experience in program design and management, focusing on gender-specific mentoring, curriculum development, and women’s health. She is also a licensed yoga teacher and long-time meditation practitioner, serving as a volunteer in underserved communities throughout Greater Boston. Mikki is thrilled to apply her passion for women’s rights, spirituality, and program design to her role as Director of Programs and Education at JWA.
Email Mikki Pugh / Tel: (617) 383-6763
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).
Savoy Curry, Oral History Intern
Savoy Curry is a rising senior at Binghamton University, with a double major in History and Medieval Studies. She is a former Fulbright Summer Institute participant, and runs for her school’s Division 1 Cross Country team. Currently, Savoy is working on an Honors Thesis dealing with women and religion in Europe during the High Middle Ages. She intends to pursue a PhD in History after she finishes her undergraduate degree. Savoy is an avid fan of The Great British Baking Show, and in her spare time she attempts to imitate some of the concoctions that the amateur bakers produce.
Rebecca Hersch, Encyclopedia Intern
Rebecca Hersch is a rising senior at Brandeis University in Waltham, MA. She recently returned from her semester abroad in Cape Town, South Africa, where she participated in a service learning research program. At Brandeis, she is studying Near Eastern and Judaic Studies, Sociology, and Religious Studies.
Rena Lubin, Oral History Intern
Rena Lubin is a graduating senior at the University of North Carolina at Asheville, with a major in Religious Studies and a minor in History. Rena has a passion for preservation, curation, and education; she has worked as an intern specializing in digitization at the Black Mountain College Museum and Arts Center, continues to serve as the Exhibits and Global Education Coordinator for UNC Asheville’s Center for Diversity Education, and is working toward a career in public history. She is dedicated to making history more accessible and inclusive, giving volume to the individual voice and experience that is often left out of the narrative. Rena is also a huge fan of the Harry Potter series, an avid re-watcher of the Kennedy-Nixon presidential debates, and an aficionado of 90s drama TV shows.
Zoë Shannon, Oral History Intern
Zoë Shannon is a rising junior at Binghamton University with a double major in History and Middle East Studies. Additionally, she studies Arabic, and is particularly interested in forced migrations. Last year, she participated in a course where she volunteered at a refugee shelter, raising funds and awareness for women’s health. Before college, Zoë served for City Year New York, an AmeriCorps program, working as a middle school reading specialist and after-school teacher. In her spare time, Zoë is a self-proclaimed ‘professional dog petter,’ having petted over 50 breeds of dogs.
Susanna Sigler, Encyclopedia Intern
Susanna Sigler is a 2017 graduate from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, with a major in History and a minor in Judaic Studies. During her time at UMass she participated in the Massachusetts Undergraduate Research Conference, presenting a paper on third-generation Holocaust art and memory. In the past she has worked for the American Antiquarian Society as a library page, as well as volunteered at several local museums. In her spare time Susanna loves writing, traveling, and taking photos.
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