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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

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

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, Communications and New Media Specialist

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

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

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 Interns

Allison Abrams, Oral History Intern

Allison Abrams is a rising senior at Binghamton University, majoring in Judaic Studies and minoring in Education. Allison grew up in Queens, NY and attended LaGuardia High School for the Arts where she studied voice. At Binghamton, she is a soprano in Jewish a cappella and the current director of Keshet, the Jewish LGBTQ community of Hillel, where she works to provide a safe space for LGBTQ Jews and to bridge the gap between the various LGBTQ organizations on campus. Allison is excited to be interning with the Jewish Women's Archive, where she will be working on collecting oral histories through the Story Aperture project. Through her time at JWA, Allison aims to delve deeper into the non-profit world concerning social justice, gender issues, and Jewishness, three of her favorite topics.

Emily-Rose Baker, Oral History Intern

Emily-Rose Baker is a second-year PhD student based in the School of English at the University of Sheffield, UK, where she researches post-communist Holocaust memory in central and eastern Europe. Emily-Rose established her university's first gender inclusive Feminist Society in 2016, and is one of two postgraduate representatives of the British Association for Holocaust Studies. She is interested in, and has previously taught on, the repression and emergence of Jewish women's voices within Holocaust narratives and is excited to be archiving contemporary Jewish voices as part of JWA's #MeToo project.

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.

Brianna Lavelle, Encyclopedia Intern

Brianna Lavelle is a rising junior at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts, where she studies History. She is passionate about Jewish history and has been interested in Holocaust history in particular since she was a child. She also has an interest in Jewish education, and has worked in varying capacities at the Billy Dalwin Preschool of Temple Emunah in Lexington, MA for four years. In her spare time Brianna loves swimming, biking, writing poetry, and making pottery. She is excited to spend the summer lifting up the voices of Jewish women.

Emma Mair, Rising Voices Fellowship Alumnae Coordinator

Emma Mair is from Middleton, Massachusetts and is currently a senior at Masconomet Regional High School. Emma is a 2017-2018 Rising Voices Fellow alumna, 2017-2019 Israel Advocacy Fellow, Hebrew school tutor, and presidents of her school’s Women and Gender Studies Club. She is a life long dancer of many disciplines, an avid reader, and a professional napper. An activist since birth, Emma cares deeply about issues regarding gender, race, environmental sustainability, and animal rights.

Inbal Rojanski, Office Intern

Growing up in several countries throughout her life, Inbal Rojanski developed an interest in religious studies. She was adopted as an infant from Omsk, Russia, and later moved to Israel. She migrated to the United States in 2008, speaking fluent Hebrew. Having both parents teach and study Jewish studies was an influence, as well. Growing up in Israel and America as a foreigner introduced her to new viewpoints and experiences which contribute to her interest in the Jewish Women's Archive.

How to cite this page

Jewish Women's Archive. "JWA Staff." (Viewed on June 26, 2019) <https://jwa.org/aboutjwa/whoweare>.

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