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A Look at JWA at 16

The summer’s whizzed by and so has JWA’s fiscal year (which ends September 30th). As that date approaches, we’ve been taking a hard look at the numbers.

This year, much of what we’ve found surprised even us. Since it might surprise you, too, why not test your JWA savvy with this “JWA-by-the-Numbers” trivia?

   1. How many unique visits were there to the JWA website from all 50 states and 203 countries?

   2. How many people each month follow JWA’s gutsy and thought-provoking blog, “Jewesses With Attitude”?

   3. How many educators have attended JWA’s workshops, seminars, and webinars, with impact on thousands of colleagues and students?

   4. How many websites, blogs, and archives—from the Library of Congress and Harvard's Schlesinger Library to schools and synagogues, from Wikipedia to Facebook and Twitter—link to

   5. How many times have the 16 lesson plans in JWA’s “Go & Learn” series been downloaded?

You’ll find the answers (and more about what JWA is up to these days) on page 3 of JWA’s just-released Report to the Community.

You’ll see that JWA is in many ways a typical 16-year-old, with boundless energy and exciting dreams for the future. And that this not-always-sweet 16 (true trouble-makers rarely are) is being more creative and innovative than ever.

Not only does JWA boast a growing online community following JWA’s lively blog (Yep, that’s you), but more educators are bringing the new social justice lesson plans into the classroom, a slew of pre-teen girls is exploring what it means to be a “cool Jewish woman” on, countless researchers from all over are turning to for a view of Jewish women’s history not available anywhere else, and dozens of teachers are returning to school freshly inspired by our summer Institute for Educators. Just like you, these folks are part of a growing JWA family.

So is author Rebecca Traister, another newly-minted JWA devotee. “I was blown away,” she told us. “The first thing I explored was the Encyclopedia. Here were Jewish feminists, history-makers, culture-makers. Bella Abzug, Hannah Arendt, Bea Arthur—and those were just in the A’s. It was a journalist’s and a feminist’s dream resource.”

In fact, the only reason this resource is available is the support of folks like you who make it possible for us to make accessible free of charge to anyone who needs it, whoever and wherever they may be.

For their support and commitment to JWA’s mission, we’ve listed and acknowledged our family of donors on pages 9-11 of the Report. On behalf of the 1.2 million people who turn to JWA each year for information, inclusion and inspiration, we thank them for their vision and their investment in JWA’s future.

Your name’s not there yet? To make sure you’re included the next time we publish our donor list, please click here to join our family of donors by making your secure online gift.

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Raub, Deborah Fineblum. "A Look at JWA at 16." 30 August 2012. Jewish Women's Archive. (Viewed on February 23, 2019) <>.


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