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. She is currently co-editing an anthology that explores contemporary redefinitions of the “Jewish mother.”
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 store and the blog Jewish Women, Amplified. After 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) 383-6756
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
Lisa Feld, Web Content Editor
Lisa Feld has edited a wide range of websites and academic journals. She is excited to bring her deep sense of curiosity and love of language to her role as web content editor for the Jewish Women’s Archive. She holds a BA in medieval studies from Bard College and an MFA in creative writing from Colorado State University. She is also a novelist, drawing her inspiration from history and folklore, stories of what was, what might have been, and what might yet be.
Email Lisa Feld / Tel: (617) 383-6753
Elena Hoffenberg, Development Assistant
Elena Hoffenberg graduated from Harvard with a BA in History and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, focusing on modern Jewish history and Yiddish. While in college, she led Jewish student organizations, volunteered in local schools, and worked with materials in libraries and archives. These experiences contributed to her interest in how interpretations of the past shape our present and can transform our communities. As Development Assistant, she looks forward to working with supporters to broaden the impact of stories told through JWA.
Email Elena Hoffenberg / Tel: (617) 383-6757
Rachel King, Director of Marketing and Communications
Rachel King brings more than 20 years professional experience in marketing, public relations, 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. In her volunteer life, she is newsletter editor for the Newton Public Schools and serves on two committees at Temple Shalom of Newton. She lives in Newton, MA, with her husband, three bright teenagers, and one not-so-bright dog.
Email Rachel King / Tel: (617) 860-3010
Larisa Klebe, Program Manager
Larisa Klebe brings a background in Jewish Education and a passion for studying and teaching history to her role as Program Manager at the Jewish Women’s Archive. She is excited for the opportunities that her position gives her to combine her professional and educational experiences. 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
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).
Hannah Elbaum, Rising Voices Fellowship Alumnae Coordinator
Hannah Elbaum is a sophomore at Smith College in Northampton, MA, where she is studying Education and Museum Studies. A fellow in the pilot year of Rising Voices, she is currently a Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion Founders’ Fellow in the New York cohort. On campus, Hannah is the copy editor for the school paper and volunteers at the Smith College Museum of Art.
Sara Lebow, Communications Intern
Sara Lebow is a rising senior at the University of Michigan, studying Gender and Health with a minor in Medical Anthropology. When she is not editing her school’s satire newspaper, The Every Three Weekly, the West Hartford native runs a forum on gender and Judaism and is deeply involved with voter turnout efforts on campus. Sparked by her work at the University of Michigan’s Museum of Natural History and the Connecticut Science Center, Sara is passionate about breaking barriers between academic disciplines so they are more comprehensive and communicable for people of all genders, ages, and backgrounds.
Peri Levin, Development Intern
Peri Levin grew up just outside Boston, Massachusetts and is a rising sophomore at Oberlin College in Oberlin Ohio. She studies history and art history with a concentration in feminist art (and is considering a minor in either law and society or religion.) At Oberlin, she is part of the pottery cooperative, and the partner acrobatics community and will be teaching an acrobatics class through the college next semester. Peri is passionate about medieval art, hiking, yoga, and lgbt and feminist history. She is extremely excited to be a part of such a passionate feminist organization.
Emily Mazza, Programs and Education Intern
Emily Mazza is a senior at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, where she is pursuing a double-major in Eastern European History and Jewish Studies. At Smith, she is employed at the library and is currently researching for an undergraduate thesis centered around the nuances of Jewish subjecthood and citizenship in the late Russian Empire. She is passionate about equal access to quality, inclusive education, and is excited to learn about new techniques and methods of educating while working at the Jewish Women’s Archive.
Abby Richmond, Rising Voices Fellowship Intern
Abby Richmond is a former Rising Voices Fellow and current junior at Newton North High School in Newton, MA. Abby is passionate about feminism, current events, and pop culture. She founded the Teens4Hillary website in April 2016, and is an officer of her school’s feminism club. Abby has self-published four books of fiction that she sells online to raise money for different non-profit organizations, and has raised over $6,000 in total. In addition to writing and feminism, she loves history, playing the piano, and tennis.
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