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.

Dina Adelsky, Chief Development Officer

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 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.

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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: (617) 383-6751

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

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 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. 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, Director of Rising Voices Fellowship

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 Richler, Podcast Producer & Content 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: (812) 955-8163

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

Nahanni Rous (she/her) is the 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. Most of the time, though, she's in her home office swimming in hours of tape, or recording vocal tracks under a blanket in her closet. Nahanni is also senior producer of Making Gay History, and co-producer of Those Who Were There, Voices from the Holocaust. Nahanni was a founding staff member of the media organization Just Vision, and a producer of Just Vision’s documentary film Encounter Point.

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

Lucy Marshall, Twersky Education Fellow

Lucy Marshall (she/her) is a Jewish educator, organizer, youth worker, and facilitator based in Minneapolis on Dakota Land. She directs the Rising Tide Open Waters Mikveh Network at Mayyim Hayyim, elevating resources and relationships to ensure that mikveh is accessible and inclusive to all Jewish people and communities. Lucy received her Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Minnesota and is currently pursuing a Master’s in Jewish Education from the Jewish Theological Seminary. Lucy is the 2020-2022 Twersky Education Fellow at the Jewish Women’s Archive and brings abundant experience in Jewish youth engagement, ritual work, and justice movements. She teaches at Shir Tikvah Congregation, organizes with Jewish Community Action, and enjoys swimming, kayaking, and cross-country skiing on the nearby lakes.

Mirushe Zylali, Jewish Media Fellow

Mirushe "Mira" Zylali (she/her) is a writer and maker who roots herself in Mizrahi and Balkan Muslim feminisms, musical traditions, and arts. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Religion and Studio Art from Mount Holyoke College in May of 2021. Her love for the global mosaic of Jewish and Muslim peoples knows no bounds, informing her work and future hopes for a just world. Mira is part of the Jewish Media Fellowship through New Voices Magazine.

Shoshana Traum, Oral History Graduate Intern

Shoshana Traum (she/her) got her undergraduate degree in creative writing and linguistics from Binghamton University. and is currently working on a Master's degree in library science with a concentration in archive management at Simmons University. She is interested in oral history and language preservation, and has a particular interest in historical Jewish women from the Talmudic era and earlier. Her favorite forgotten Jewish woman is Shlomtzion HaMalka, from the Maccabean dynastic era.

Nicole Zador, Oral History Graduate Intern

Nicole Zador (she/her) grew up in a small town in central Wisconsin. She double majored in creative writing and Near Eastern and Judaic Studies at Brandeis University. Currently, she's working toward a Master's degree in Library and Information Science, with a concentration in archival management, from Simmons University. Nicole is interested in the role archives have in community identity formation and looks forward to exploring this further in her time as an intern with JWA.

Catherine Horowitz, Intern

Catherine Horowitz (she/her) is a rising senior at Oberlin College and is originally from Silver Spring, Maryland. At Oberlin she is an English and Jewish Studies major, works in the Writing Center and Archives, and teaches a class on Taylor Swift. This summer she is working on her thesis, a project on literary camp.

Isadora Kianovsky, Intern

Isadora Kianovsky (she/her) is a rising senior at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, majoring in Jewish Studies and minoring in History. She recently returned from a semester abroad in Córdoba, Spain, where she focused on the religious history of the area. Isadora is particularly interested in the intersection of gender/sexuality and Jewish Studies, so she is very excited to intern at JWA and hear stories from a diverse group of Jewish women. She loves creative writing, and hopes to combine her internship work with art in some way.

Aidyn Levin, Intern

Aidyn Levin (she/her) is from Atlanta, Georgia. She is currently pursuing degrees in Jewish Studies and Cellular and Molecular Biology at Barnard College. She is passionate about preserving her own family history, and can often be found reading or cross-stitching.

Jo Mintz, Intern

Jo Mintz (she/her) is from New York City. She is currently pursuing a degree in Classics at Barnard College with a particular focus on gender and sexuality and their intersection with Judaism in the ancient world. In her free time, Jo enjoys listening to Fleetwood Mac, attempting to teach herself Yiddish, listening to true crime podcasts, and painting.

Julia Rudy, Intern

Julia (she/her) is a rising senior undergraduate student at Barnard College where she studies history and psychology. She combines these interests to aid her understanding of how culture affects populations on both the individual and the generational level. She is interested in understanding how to synthesize archival materials to accurately and ethically tell the stories of a population. In her free time, Julia can be found exploring New York City, playing for the Columbia Ultimate Frisbee Team, or practicing her TikTok dances.

JWA Beat Writers

Savoy Curry, Food Writer

Savoy Curry is a current PhD student at Northwestern University, where she studies Jewish women in the medieval period. She’s currently working on a project that looks at the intersection of religion, gender, and conversion in twelfth to fourteenth century Paris. She loves a good knit crop top, and she loves knitting them herself even more. When she isn’t knitting or reading books for school, Savoy loves going on long walks with her dog and cooking meals for her friends and family.

Sarah Jae Leiber, Culture Writer

Sarah Jae Leiber 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.

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Jewish Women's Archive. "JWA Staff." (Viewed on August 18, 2022) <https://jwa.org/aboutjwa/whoweare>.


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