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JWA Networks: The Power of Female Friendship

Jessica Kahlenberg and Iva Nicolau

On Monday, June 19, 2017, JWA hosted a women-only event in Boston, MA, at which young professional women got together for schmoozing, networking, and conversation about transitions in women’s lives and the friendships that see us through. Jessica Kahlenberg and Iva Nikolau, co-founders of Linxx, a company dedicated to accelerating millennial women’s personal development and professional achievement through mind/body wellness, civic engagement, and leadership programming, spoke at the event.

JWA Networks: The Power of Women’s Friendships
Monday, June 19, 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Clery’s, 113 Dartmouth Street, Boston, MA
$10 per person

This program was supported in part by a Young Adult Mezzanine Grant from Combined Jewish Philanthropies.


JWA Networks: Women in STEM

Janna Kaplan-Tali Koss

On Tuesday, April 4, 2017, JWA hosted a women-only event in Brookline, MA, focused on women in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). The program featured a conversation with STEM professionals Janna Kaplan and Tali Koss, who discussed the role mentorship has played in their professional development, how to promote young women's interest in STEM, and the benefits of being a Jewish woman in STEM.

JWA Networks: Women in STEM
Tuesday, April 4, 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Hops N Scotch, 1306 Beacon Street, Brookline, MA

This program was supported in part by a Young Adult Mezzanine Grant from Combined Jewish Philanthropies.


Good Girls and Nasty Women: Gender in American Jewish History

Rebecca Traister with All the Single Ladies

JWA co-sponsored a program as part of the Jewish Book Council’s series Unpacking the Book, featuring award-winning journalist Lynn Povich, the author of Good Girls Revolt, the memoir upon which the recent Amazon show was based, women’s historian Bonnie S. Anderson, and journalist Rebecca Traister, author of All the Single Ladies: Unmarried Women and the Rise of an Independent Nation. In conversation with moderator Bari Weiss, book editor of the Wall Street Journal, these authors discussed the Jewish women behind history’s great revolutions and contemporary movements, from the activists of America’s Antebellum, to the women’s liberation stirrings of the mid-century, to today’s “nasty” women.

Good Girls and Nasty Women: Gender in American Jewish History
Tuesday, March 28, 6 to 8 p.m.
Jewish Museum
1109 Fifth Avenue & 92nd Street, New York, NY 10128


Unlocking the Power of Oral History: A Community Storytelling Workshop

Judith Rosenbaum

The Jewish Community Center of Greater Ann Arbor hosted Judith Rosenbaum, Ph.D., Executive Director of the Jewish Women’s Archive, on March 26, 2017, for a special program and participatory workshop entitled “Unlocking the Power of Oral History: A Community Storytelling Workshop.” Facilitated and guided by Dr. Rosenbaum, participants learned interviewing skills, shared stories with one another, and cultivated new and existing relationships by discovering more about the lives and experiences of fellow community members. Participants were asked to bring a personal or family artifact—such as an object, photograph, or letter—relating to a Jewish woman in the participant’s life.


Unlocking the Power of Oral History: A Community Storytelling Workshop
Sunday, March 26, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Jewish Community Center of Greater Ann Arbor
2935 Birch Hollow Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48108


Rachel Calof: A Memoir with Music

Rachel Calof

On Thursday, February 2, 2017, JWA co-sponsored an exciting theatrical experience: a one-woman show about Rachel Calof, the real-life Jewish mail-order bride who emigrated from Russia to North Dakota in 1894 to make a new life as a homesteader. This engaging, award-winning show is based on Calof’s manuscript, handwritten in Yiddish and discovered by her children after her death. This performance was the show’s only New York engagement! The performance was followed by a Q&A with the show’s creative team and JWA Executive Director Judith Rosenbaum.

Co-sponsored by the Jewish Women’s Archive and the JCC of Manhattan.

Rachel Calof: A Musical Memoir
Thursday, February 2, 2017
7:30 p.m.
JCC of Manhattan
334 Amsterdam Ave. at 76th St., New York, NY 10023


A Gathering of Women

Civil Rights March on Washington, Reflecting Pool, August 28, 1963

JWA was in Washington D.C. on Saturday, January 21 for the Women’s March and for Shabbat programming on Saturday, January 21 at Sixth & I. The day began with a pre-march Gathering of Strength at 8:45 a.m. After the march, JWA Executive Director Judith Rosenbaum ledA Gathering of Women, an informal, multi-generational conversation about Jewish women’s responses to the inauguration, the Women’s March, and the new administration—answering the questions “as we face an uncertain new era, what concerns us, what gives us hope, what fires us up?” The conversation explored the sources of our vulnerability and strength as Jews and as women. Learn more.

JWA was a co-sponsor of the Shabbat programming at Sixth & I.


Threads of Identity: A Conversation with Three Contemporary Jewish Women Authors

Authors Jennifer Brown, Tova Mirvis, and Anna Solomon

JWA co-sponsored an informal conversation with authors Jennifer Brown, Tova Mirvis, and Anna Solomon, exploring how and why writers make certain choices about the storylines of their characters, how the author’s identities as Jewish women inform their storytelling, and what implications these have on our experiences as readers. The conversation was moderated by JWA Executive Director Judith Rosenbaum, and a book signing followed the event.

About the authors: Jennifer Brown is author of Modern Girls, (2016). Tova Mirvis has published Visible City, (2014), The Outside World, (2004), and The Ladies Auxiliary, (1999). Anna Solomon is author of Leaving Lucy Pear, (2016), Labor Day, (2014), and The Little Bride, (2011).

Threads of Identity:
A Conversation with Three Contemporary Jewish Women Authors

Thursday, December 15, 2016
7:30 p.m.
Hebrew College
160 Herrick Road, Newton Centre, MA 02459

This event was co-sponsored by JWA and Hebrew College.


Breaking Boundaries, Building Communities: Women Rabbis and the Transformation of Jewish Life

Rabbi Cantor Angela Warnick Buchdahl

In the past four decades, women rabbis have transformed Jewish life around the world, breaking boundaries on the bima and beyond. JWA held an event with four pioneering rabbis—Sally Priesand, Angela Buchdahl, Dianne Cohler-Esses, and Lila Kagedan—in conversation with JWA’s Judith Rosenbaum on Sunday, December 4. The rabbis reflected on their own journeys; their experiences as spiritual leaders, teachers, and communal activists; the creative interplay of tradition and innovation; and their visions for the future.

About the rabbis: Sally Priesand was the first woman rabbi to be ordained in the United States. Angela Warnick Buchdahl is senior rabbi at New York’s Central Synagogue, and the first Asian-American rabbi and cantor. Dianne Cohler-Esses, the director of lifelong learning at Romemu in New York, is the first woman from the Syrian Jewish community to be ordained as a rabbi. Ordained in 2015, Lila Kagedan is the first Orthodox woman rabbi to use the term “rabbi”.

Breaking Boundaries, Building Communities:
Women Rabbis and the Transformation of Jewish Life

Sunday, December 4, 2016
2:00 p.m.
Central Synagogue
652 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY

This event was co-sponsored by JWA, Central Synagogue, the Central Council for American Rabbis, Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance, the Women’s Rabbinic Network, and Kehillat Romemu.


Uncharted Journeys: Women Rabbis and the Transformation of Jewish Life

Sharon Cohen Anisfeld

In the few short decades since rabbinical schools began ordaining women, women rabbis have transformed Jewish life around the world. In this joyful and spirited evening on Saturday, October 29, moderated by JWA’s Dr. Judith Rosenbaum, five remarkable rabbis, Sharon Cohen Anisfeld, Angela Warnick Buchdahl, Dianne Cohler-Esses, Laura Geller, and Claudia Kreiman, reflected on their roles and experiences as spiritual guides, scholars, Jewish communal leaders, social activists, healers, and teachers. They also spoke about the challenges and blessings they’ve encountered along the way, and their visions for the future.

About the rabbis: Sharon Cohen Anisfeld of Hebrew College is the first female dean of a rabbinical school. Angela Warnick Buchdahl is senior rabbi at New York’s Central Synagogue, and the first Asian-American rabbi and cantor. Dianne Cohler-Esses, the director of lifelong learning at Romemu in New York, is the first woman from the Syrian Jewish community to be ordained as a rabbi. Laura Geller, rabbi emerita of Temple Emanuel in Beverly Hills, was the first female senior rabbi of a major metropolitan congregation. Claudia Kreiman, rabbi at Temple Beth Zion in Brookline, has rabbinic roots are in Chile, Argentina, Israel, and the US.

Uncharted Journeys: Women Rabbis
and the Transformation of Jewish Life

Saturday, October 29, 2016
8:00 p.m.
Hebrew College
160 Herrick Road, Newton Centre, MA 02459
$10; free for students

This event was made possible with support from The Samuel Bronfman Foundation in celebration of Edgar M. Bronfman’s final book, Why Be Jewish, and support from the Bronfman Youth Fellowships. Co-sponsored by JWA, Hebrew College, and Temple Beth Zion.


Motherhood & Daughterhood: A Conversation with Judy Batalion and Judith Rosenbaum

Judith Rosenbaum and Judy Batalion

Author-comedian Judy Batalion and JWA Executive Director Judith Rosenbaum held a conversation about what it means to be a Jewish mother (and a Jewish daughter!) in the 21st century. They discussed the ongoing ways we fashion these identities from an intricate mix of historical, familial, and personal experiences and values.

Judy Batalion read excerpts from her recently published memoir, White Walls: A Memoir About Motherhood, Daughterhood, and the Mess In Between. Judith Rosenbaum, Ph.D., is co-editing a book on redefining the image of the Jewish mother.

Motherhood & Daughterhood: A Conversation
with Judy Batalion and Judith Rosenbaum

Monday, June 20, 2016
7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
The Brotherhood Synagogue
20 Gramercy Park South, New York, NY 10003

The event was sponsored by the Bronfman Youth Fellowship.


Power Couples: Mentoring with Intention

Nanette Fridman-Jennifer Gallop

On Wednesday, June 8, 2016, JWA hosted a women-only event in Newton, MA focused on women’s mentorship. The program features a conversation with professionals Nanette Fridman and Jennifer Gallop, who discussed the role mentorship has played in their own lives, how women can act with intention to become, seek, and utilize effective mentors, and how they can “pay it forward” in their personal and professional lives.

Power Couples: Mentoring with Intention
Wednesday, June 8, 2016, 7 to 9 p.m.


Dialogue & Dessert: Up Close and Personal with Anita Diamant

Anita Diamant
JWA Executive Director Judith Rosenbaum led a conversation with Anita Diamant, author of The Boston Girl, on Tuesday, May 3 in Sharon, MA, for a “sweet” evening of dessert and discussion! The event featured gourmet specialty coffee bar, chocolate fountain, and a delectable dessert reception.

Dialogue & Dessert: Up Close and Personal with Anita Diamant
Tuesday, May 3, 2016, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Temple Sinai, 25 Canton Street, Sharon, MA 02067

Power Couples: Celebrating Mentorship and Women Helping Women

Rubenstein-Kogan Power Couple

On Tuesday, April 19, 2016, JWA hosted a fun and collegial women-only event in Brookline, MA. The program featured an informal conversation with two non-profit leaders, Farrah Rubenstein and Elana Kogan, who discussed the role mentorship has played in their professional development and how women can support each other on their career paths.

Power Couples: Celebrating Mentorship and Women Helping Women
Tuesday, April 19, 2016, 6 to 8 p.m.
Hops N Scotch, 1306 Beacon Street, Brookline, MA
$10 per person.


Author Event: Judy Batalion Discusses White Walls

White Walls
On Tuesday, February 23 in Newton, MA, JWA hosted writer Judy Batalion, who read from and discussed her new book, White Walls, A Memoir About Motherhood, Daughterhood, and the Mess In Between. Recounting Batalion's experience as the daughter of a Holocaust survivor and hoarder, and then as a mother herself, White Walls has been called “a sharply funny, evocative, and moving memoir chronicling [Batalion's] voyage from daughter to mother as she finds her place in the world amidst the shifting currents of history, religion, time, and place.” Following the reading, Lori Lefkovitz, Ruderman Professor and Director of the Jewish Studies Program and Director of the Humanities Center at Northeastern University, led a Q&A session with Batalion.

Judy Batalion and White Walls
Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
Newton, MA


Living Transitions: A Conversation with Writers Joy Ladin and
Lesléa Newman

Lesléa Newman, cropped
JWA held a special event with writers Joy Ladin and Lesléa Newman, who gave readings and discussed their recent respective books of poetry, Impersonation and I Carry My Mother. Ladin and Newman explored the universal experience of transition, loss, and what comes after. The event was Sunday, February 7, 2016 at 11:30 a.m. at Temple Beth Zion, Brookline, MA, and was co-sponsored by JWA, Keshet, and Temple Beth Zion.
Joy Ladin

Living Transitions: A Conversation with Joy Ladin and Lesléa Newman
Sunday, February 7, 2016
11:30 a.m.
Temple Beth Zion
1566 Beacon Street, Brookline, MA 02446
Tickets: $10


In Conversation: Letty, Robin, and Abigail Pogrebin

Letty Pogrebin and daughters
One mother, two daughters, three writers. Activist, Ms. Magazine founder, and author Letty Cottin Pogrebin, and her twin daughters, New York Times culture reporter Robin Pogrebin and author Abigail Pogrebin, discussed work, family, and Jewish identity. Dr. Annie Polland, Senior Vice President of Educational & Programs at the Tenement Museum, will serve as moderator. The event was co-sponsored by JWA and the Museum at Eldridge Street.

In Conversation: Letty, Robin, and Abigail Pogrebin
Sunday, January 31, 2016 at 3:00 p.m.
The Museum at Eldridge Street
12 Eldridge Street, New York, NY 10002
Tickets: $18 ($15 for students and seniors) Co-sponsored by JWA and the Museum at Eldridge Street


An Evening of Comedy with JWA and the Jewish Women’s Theatre

Not That Jewish
The Jewish Women’s Archive sponsored a performance of Monica Piper’s one-woman show Not That Jewish.

Following the show was a lively discussion of Jewish women and comedy with JWA Executive Director Judith Rosenbaum and Ms. Piper, an Emmy Award-winning writer and comedian.

Learn more about the show here.

Not That Jewish, with special post-show conversation
Saturday, January 9, 2016 8:00 p.m.
The Braid, Jewish Women’s Theatre
2912 Colorado Ave., Suite 102, Santa Monica, CA 90404
Co-sponsored by JWA and the Jewish Women’s Theatre


Bread Givers: 90 Years Later

"Bread Givers" Front Cover by Anzia Yezierska
On Wednesday, December 9 at the Tenement Museum in New York City, JWA co-sponsored an event celebrating the legacy of Bread Givers, the classic immigrant novel about a young Jewish woman striving to become an American that continues to inspire immigrants today. The program featured historian Alice Kessler-Harris, who helped get the book republished in the 1970s and reflected on its influence, and brought together a panel of women from different generations and backgrounds to assess the book’s relevance to today’s feminists and immigrants. The panel included Anna Holmes of the New York Times; Nisha Agarwal, Commissioner for the Mayor’s Office of Immigration; sociologist Margaret Chin; and Linda Sarsour, Executive Director of the Arab American Association of New York.

Bread Givers: 90 Years Later

Wednesday, December 9, at 6:30 p.m.

The Tenement Museum

103 Orchard Street
, New York, NY 10002

Free; seating is first-come, first-served. Doors open at 6:00 p.m.
Books available with a 15% discount
More information

The Subversive Tradition of Jewish Women’s Comedy: From Sophie Tucker to Sarah Silverman

Sophie Tucker, Cropped
A lively evening with Joyce Antler, Professor of American Jewish History and Culture at Brandeis University, discussing Jewish women in comedy at Hebrew College on Wednesday, December 2, 2015. Antler highlighted how Jewish women comedians have shaped American comedy, from vaudeville and burlesque, to radio, TV, films and stand-up. She accompanied her talk with clips from JWA’s documentary Making Trouble.

The event was held in Berenson Hall at Hebrew College, and was co-sponsored by JWA, Hebrew College, and the Association for Jewish Studies.

The Subversive Tradition of Jewish Women’s Comedy: From Sophie Tucker to Sarah Silverman
Wednesday, December 2, 2015
7:30 p.m.
Hebrew College
160 Herrick Road, Newton, MA 02459
Tickets:$10


Divinity School: An Evening of Poetry and Music with Alicia Jo Rabins

Alicia Jo Rabins
JWA co-sponsored an evening with the multitalented Alicia Jo Rabins at Harvard University on Monday, November 16, 2015. The award-winning poet and singer-songwriter read from her newest collection of poetry, Divinity School, and performed music from “Open the Ground,” her new recording with her band Girls in Trouble. JWA co-sponsors the event with Learning from Performers, Woodberry Poetry Room, and Harvard Divinity School.

Alicia Jo Rabins is a writer, composer, performer, and Torah scholar. Divinity School won the 2015 American Poetry Review/Honickman First Book Prize. As a musician, Rabins tours internationally with her band Girls in Trouble, whose indie-folk song cycle is about the complicated lives of Biblical women and with whom she has released three albums.

Divinity School: An Evening of Poetry and Music with Alicia Jo Rabins
Monday, November 16, 2015
7:00 p.m.
Harvard Hillel
52 Mount Auburn Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
Free (tickets or RSVPs not required; seating is first-come, first-served, subject to venue capacity).


Boston Jewish Film Festival Screening

The Muses of Isaac Bashevis Singer
JWA was pleased to co-sponsor a screening of “The Muses of Isaac Bashevis Singer” at the Boston Jewish Film Festival (BJFF) on Sunday, November 8, 2015. The film tells the stories of the unsung women who translated and often inspired the writer’s famed oeuvre. Accompanying the film was a screening of JWA’s short film, “In the Footsteps of Regina Jonas,” which follows a pluralistic group of pioneering rabbis through Europe, as they visit sites important to Regina Jonas, the world’s first woman rabbi, and reclaim her significance to Jewish and women’s history.

Following the screening, audiences were invited to a Q&A with Asaf Galay, the director of “The Muses”; Evelyn Torton Beck, one of the “muses”; and Gail Reimer, JWA founding executive director and producer of “In the Footsteps of Regina Jonas.” Information and tickets atBJFF.

Film Screening: “The Muses of Isaac Bashevis Singer” and “In the Footsteps of Regina Jonas”
Sunday, November 8, 2015
12:00 p.m.
Coolidge Corner Theatre
290 Harvard Street, Brookline, MA 02446
Information and tickets


A Celebration of Community and Jewish Women’s Leadership

On June 16, 2015 in New Orleans, Jewish Women’s Archive Executive Director Judith Rosenbaum and oral historian Rosalind Hinton held a lively conversation and panel discussion. The panel of local women explored the impact of women’s leadership during the hurricane and beyond, and assessed the state of Jewish women’s leadership in New Orleans today.

The event was co-sponsored by JWA, Hadassah, and the National Council of Jewish Women in commemoration of the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. There were a screening of excerpts from the Jewish Women’s Archive’s Katrina’s Jewish Voices oral history collection.


A Celebration of Community and Jewish Women’s Leadership
Tuesday, June 16, 2015
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Touro Synagogue
4238 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70115
Registration: $10 per person
Dietary laws observed; light refreshments served
Co-sponsored by JWA, Hadassah, and the National Council of Jewish Women

An Evening with Vivian Gornick at the Tenement Museum

Vivian Gornick, author of Fierce Attachments, presented her newest book, a memoir in which she explores the rhythms, chance encounters, and ever-changing friendships of urban life that forge the sensibility of a fiercely independent woman. Writer Rochelle Gurstein joined Gornick in conversation.

Vivian Gornick and The Odd Woman and the City
Wednesday, May 20, 2015, at 6:30 p.m.
The Tenement Museum
103 Orchard Street, New York, NY 10002
Co-sponsored by JWA

The Outrageous Sophie Tucker

JWA co-presented The Outrageous Sophie Tucker on May 10 at the West Newton Cinema. This film captures the rags to riches story of the iconic superstar, who was born in Russia to a poor Orthodox family and fought her way to stardom in vaudeville, Broadway, radio, television, and Hollywood. Over the course of her long career, Tucker was beloved for a bold, bawdy, and brassy style unlike any other. The film features interviews with Tony Bennett, Barbara Walters, and others, as well as wonderful archival material drawn from Tucker’s 400 scrapbooks. Producers Susan and Lloyd Ecker will be present at the screening to share their journey to retrace Tucker's 60-year career in show business.

The May 10 screening was part of the National Center for Jewish Film's 2015 Film Festival.

Film Screening of The Outrageous Sophie Tucker
Co-presented by the National Center for Jewish Film and the Jewish Women's Archive
Sunday, May 10, 2015
2:30 p.m.
West Newton Cinema
1296 Washington Street, Newton, MA 02465

An Evening in Honor of Poet Ida Maze

JWA celebrated National Poetry Month with The “Den Mother of Yiddish Montreal”: An Evening in Honor of Poet Ida Maze, at the historic Vilna Shul, Boston’s Center for Jewish Culture. Co-sponsored by JWA and the Boston Yiddish-Hoyz, the event featured readings of poetry by Canadian writer Ida Maze and a screening of a new short film about Maze, produced by the Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project. In attendance at the event was Irving Massey, Maze's youngest son and professor emeritus of English and Comparative Literature at SUNY Buffalo, who participated in an audience discussion after the screening. 

“The Den Mother of Yiddish Montreal”: An Evening in Honor of Ida Maze
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
7:00 p.m.
Vilna Shul
18 Phillips Street, Boston

Women of the Book: Jewish Writers in Conversation

Books from the "Women of the Book" Event

Join JWA for “Women of the Book,” a lively evening on March 24, 2015, hosted by the Jewish Book Council at the Jewish Museum and co-sponsored by JWA. The event is the second in an exciting new series from the Jewish Book Council that brings together some of the finest writers of the day for conversations around contemporary Jewish life and identity. A panel of writers, including Elisa Albert, Anita Diamant, and Ruth Andrew Ellenson, will discuss their recent works and what it has meant to be a Jewish woman writer over the past several decades.

The event is free and and includes wine and refreshments, a book sale and signing, and the opportunity to visit The Jewish Museum galleries. Space is limited and guests must pre-register.

Women of the Book
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
The Jewish Museum
1109 5th Ave at 92nd Street, New York


"Meet Me at Sinai: A Day of Learning"

Join JWA Executive Director Judith Rosenbaum on Sunday, February 8, 2015 at Congregation B'nai Jeshurun in New York, for "Meet Me at Sinai: A Day of Learning," co-sponsored by JWA. This exciting event celebrates the 25th anniversary of Judith Plaskow's groundbreaking book Standing Again at Sinai, which explores the role of women in shaping Judaism.

"Meet Me at Sinai" will discuss how Jewish feminism has enriched and challenged Jewish life in every domain, a celebration of progress made, and a frank conversation of where we go from here. Judith Rosenbaum joins a lineup of speakers that also includes activist Letty Cottin Pogrebin, slam poet Vanessa Hidary, and New York Times correspondent Jodi Kantor. The event features performances, a film screening, discussion groups, and more.

Meet Me at Sinai: A Day of Learning

Sunday, February 8, 2015

9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

88th Street Synagogue and 89th Street Community House
, New York, NY
Please register here.


Tea and All of a Kind Family

"All-of-a-Kind Family" Front Cover by Sydney Taylor

JWA hosts a lively conversation about the beloved, recently re-released series All of a Kind Family. This set of novels relates the adventures of five sisters in turn-of-the-century New York – the “Little Women” of the Lower East Side. You will hear from publisher Lizzie Skurnick, who brought the series back to life in 2014. Joining her will be JWA’s Executive Director Judith Rosenbaum and novelists Tova Mirvis and Allegra Goodman, who will discuss the books' impact and read their favorite passages. Bring the whole family to this celebration of cherished Jewish literature.

Tea and All of a Kind Family
Sunday, January 25, 2015, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Private home in Newton, MA


24×24 Presents:
Alicia Jo Rabins & Judith Rosenbaum

The Global Day of Jewish Learning brings the Jewish people together once a year to celebrate our shared Jewish texts through community-based learning. The guiding values of The Global Day of Jewish Learning are: fostering Jewish unity, empowering individuals through increased Jewish knowledge, and creating meaningful shared experiences.

In this hour of text study and live music, Alicia Jo Rabins and JWA executive director Judith Rosenbaum will give a surprisingly intimate glimpse into the Torah's rarely-examined family life of Miriam and Moses, with the aid of creative interpretations from rabbinic commentaries, visual art, and the contemporary indie-folk midrash of Girls in Trouble.

Join Judith and Alicia Jo at 3:00pm EST on November 16th for what will surely be a lively program.
Presented by the Global Day of Jewish Learning.

If you’ve missed it, here is the recorded program.


Boston Premiere of the film Little White Lie
Family Secrets, Denial, and Redemption

Lacey Schwartz in "Little White Lie"

The director will attend a post-screening discussion.
Saturday, November 15, 2014 6:30pm

Presented as part of the Boston Jewish Film Festival
Co-sponsored with Northeastern University Jewish Studies Program

Little White Lie tells Lacey Schwartz's story of growing up in a typical upper-middle-class Jewish household in Woodstock, NY, with loving parents and a strong sense of her Jewish identity—despite the open questions from those around her about how a white girl could have such dark skin. Armed with her camera, Ms. Schwartz questions her divorced parents, explores a deeply buried family secret, and pulls back the curtain on matters of race and domestic denial. Fiction can't match the power of this sensitive documentary.

Dr. Judith Rosenbaum, JWA Executive Director, will introduce Ms. Schwartz at the event and Dr. Jennifer Sartori, Director of the Jewish Studies Program at Northeastern University, will facilitate the Q & A after the screening.

To watch the trailer and buy tickets visit the Boston Jewish Film Festival web page.


All of a Kind Family
An evening panel discussion of the beloved children's book

"All-of-a-Kind Family" Front Cover by Sydney Taylor

Wednesday, November 5, 2014 6:30PM (Doors open at 6:00PM)
FREE

Co-sponsored by the Jewish Women’s Archive
at the Tenement Museum, 103 Orchard Street at Delancey, New York, NY
For directions visit the Tenement Museum website.

All of a Kind Family, the classic children's book series, helped define and celebrate the Jewish immigrant family experience in early-twentieth-century New York. Now it is re-issued—and ready to inspire a new generation of readers. Bring your sister, your daughter and your own childhood friend to this FREE event, co-sponsored by the Jewish Women’s Archive.

A guest panel will discuss the impact the series had on their lives:
Anna Holmes, founding editor of Jezebel and columnist at The New York Times Book Review
Rebecca Traister, writer of politics and gender for Salon, Elle, and The New Republic
Hasia Diner, historian of American Jewish History at New York University, and JWA Academic Advisory Council member
June Cummins, literature professor at San Diego State University and author of the introductions to the new editions of Taylor's All of a Kind Family book
Lizzie Skurnick, critic, poet, essayist, blogger, author, teacher—and the publisher responsible for bringing this series back into print.

Seating is first-come, first-served. Books will be available for sale with a 15% discount for those in attendance.

Katha Pollitt on Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights

"Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights" by Katha Politt

Thursday, October 16, 2014 6:00 PM (doors open at 5:30 PM)
The Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA

The award-winning essayist, poet, and columnist for the Nation discusses her new book.
Presented by Harvard Book Store

Forty years after the landmark Roe v. Wade ruling, "abortion" is still a word that is said with outright hostility by many. With each passing day, the rights upheld by the Supreme Court are being systematically eroded by state laws designed to end abortion outright. In her urgent, controversial book, Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights, Katha Pollitt reframes abortion as a common part of a woman's reproductive life. It is time, Pollitt argues, that we reclaim the lives and the rights of women and mothers. Join us for what promises to be a provocative evening.

$5 admission. For more information, visit the Harvard Bookstore web page.

For ticket information visit the Brattle theater web page.

Celebrating 18 Years of JWA

The Jewish Women’s Archive is celebrating its 18th Anniversary with two festive events. A New York City celebration , hosted by comedian and actress Judy Gold, took place in May. A Boston celebration will be held on September 14, 2014 at 6pm at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum. We’ll honor Founding Director Gail Twersky Reimer, hear from "Unrepentant Advocate" Judge Nancy Gertner, enjoy dinner and a surprise performance, and welcome incoming Executive Director Judith Rosenbaum. To view the 18th Anniversary tributes, please visit the tribute website.

How to cite this page

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