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Reading God and Torah From a Transgender Perspective

Joy Ladin, the first openly transgender professor in an Orthodox institution, read from her new book, The Soul of the Stranger: Reading God and Torah From a Transgender Perspective. Ladin discussed the need for this trans perspective, as well as her process and journey. She is a professor of English at Stern College/Yeshiva University. This event was part of 'deis IMPACT, Brandeis' social justice festival.

Thursday, February 7, 2019, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Usdan International Lounge
Brandeis University
415 South St. Waltham, MA 02453

Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love

At this reading at the Brookline Booksmith, Dani Shapiro shared from her new memoir, Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love. Shapiro is the author of the memoirs Hourglass, Still Writing, Devotion, and Slow Motion and five novels including Black & White and Family History.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 at 7 p.m.
Brookline Booksmith
279 Harvard Street, Brookline, MA 02446

Queer Expectations: A Genealogy of Jewish Women's Poetry

Along with YIVO and the American Jewish Historical Society, JWA co-sponsored this book celebration and poetry reading with Zohar Weiman-Kelman, Assistant Professor in the Department of Foreign Literature and Linguistics at Ben Gurion University of the Negev and author of Queer Expectations: A Geneology of Jewish Women's Poetry. The event also featured Irena Klepfisz, Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum (Congregation Beth Simchat Torah), Sarah Chinn (Hunter College, CUNY), and Roni Mazal (NYU).

Wednesday, December 19, 2018 at 7 p.m.
Center for Jewish History
15 W 16th St New York, NY 10011

From Jean Carroll to Mrs. Maisel: Jewish Women Comedians as Inspiration

JWA sponsored this event, part of the American Jewish Historical Society's series “Not Just Funny Girl: Jewish American Women in Comedy.” It was an evening of film clips, good laughs, and conversation with Noah Gardenswartz, writer for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and Dramaturg/Professor at Northwestern University, exploring the life and work of comedian Jean Carroll, and how the character of Midge Maisel was inspired by Carroll, Joan Rivers, and other Jewish women comedians.

From Jean Carroll to Mrs. Maisel: Jewish Women Comedians as Inspiration
Wednesday, November 27, 2018, 7 p.m.
Center for Jewish History
15 West 16th Street, New York, NY 10011

Film Screening: “Working Woman”

JWA co-sponsored the Boston Jewish Film Festival’s screening of Working Woman, an Israeli film tackling harassment in the workplace and women’s empowerment. The film tells the story of Orna, who becomes the main breadwinner for her family but at the cost of her workplace safety and self-respect. Director Michal Aviad’s (Dimona Twist, BJFF 2017) beautifully shot film tells a poignant story that echoes loudly in the era of #MeToo.

Film Screening: “Working Woman”
Thursday, November 8, 2018, 6:30 p.m.
Coolidge Corner Theatre
40 Harvard Street, Brookline, MA
Saturday, November 10, 2018, 9:15 p.m.
Brattle Theatre
290 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA

A Latin American Pen, A Global Memory: Imagining Anne Frank Today

JWA co-sponsored a fascinating evening featuring a dramatic reading of Marjorie Agosín’s book Anne: Imagining the Diary of Anne Frank, followed by a panel discussion about the ongoing relevance of Anne Frank in Latin America. Panelists included Agosín, a professor at Wellesley College; Dalia Wassner, Ph.D., Hadassah-Brandeis Institute Project in Latin American Gender Studies at Brandeis University; Nisha Sajnani, Ph.D., New York University; and artists Francisca Tanez and Sandra Mayo.

The event was organized by the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute Project in Latin American Jewish and Gender Studies. Along with JWA, other co-sponsors included JCC Greater Boston, Facing History and Ourselves, Hadassah Boston, Gann Academy, and Temple Beth Zion.

A Latin American Pen, A Global Memory: Imagining Anne Frank Today
Thursday, November 1, 2018, 7:30 p.m.
JCC Greater Boston
333 Nahanton Street, Newton, MA

Abbi Jacobson: I Might Regret This

JWA sponsored this Brookline Booksmith event, featuring Abbi Jacobson, one of the series creators, executive producers, and stars of Comedy Central’s critically acclaimed hit show Broad City.She was in conversation with writer and advice columnist Meredith Goldstein.

I Might Regret This is a hilarious and poignant collection about love, loss, work, comedy, and figuring out who you really are when you thought you already knew.

Abbi Jacobson: I Might Regret This
Wednesday, October 31, 2018, 8 p.m.
Chevalier Theatre
30 Forest Street, Medford, MA 02155

What’s Radical About Jewish Feminism?

The Jewish Women’s Archive presented a multigenerational conversation about the impact of Jewish women’s feminism. Joyce Antler—historian, author, and JWA founding board member—discussed her new book, Jewish Radical Feminism, which explores the impact of Jewish women on the women’s liberation movement and how their Jewish identities shaped their feminism. Antler’s presentation was followed by an engaging panel conversation, moderated by JWA Executive Director Judith Rosenbaum and featuring three generations of activists—Antler, Diane Balser, Naomi Bethune, Vilunya Diskin, Idit Klein, and Ilana Zietman—on the meaning, lessons, and future of Jewish feminism.

The event was co-sponsored by Hebrew College.

What’s Radical About Jewish Feminism?
Sunday, October 7, 2018, at 7 p.m.
Hebrew College
160 Herrick Rd, Newton Centre, MA 02459

Not Just Funny Girl

JWA co-sponsored this series by the American Jewish Historical Society, highlighting the contributions of Jewish American women to the world of comedy, entertainment, and popular culture. The series celebrated Jewish women comedians and actors in the early 20th century through to today, and asked what it is about their work that draws from a sense of Jewishness? How will the fascinating perspectives that come from American, Jewish and women's identities play out in the work of the next generation of comedians? The series explored the changing roles, faces, languages, and voices of American Jewish comedians, and their reception in the media and in the Jewish world.

The series was also co-sponsored by the Center for Jewish History and The Forward.

Thursday, September 20 at 7 p.m.: “Love Gilda: The Eternal Spirit of Gilda Radner,” film screening
Wednesday, October 3 at 7 p.m.: “The Legacy of Joan Rivers,” panel and performance
American Jewish Historical Society
15 West 16th Street
New York, NY 10011

The Weight of Ink Author Talk and Brunch

At the Berkshire Jewish Festival of Books, JWA’s Executive Director, Judith Rosenbaum, and best-selling author, Rachel Kadish, discussed Kadish’s latest novel, the National Jewish Book Award-winning The Weight of Ink, an interwoven tale of two remarkable women and scholars—a 17th-century Jewish scribe and the 21st-century researcher who discovers her.

The Weight of Ink Author Talk and Brunch
Sunday, July 29, 2018, 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Hevreh of Southern Berkshire
270 State Rd
Great Barrington, MA 01230

Unorthodox Live: Is it ok to say “JAP”?

JWA’s Executive Director, Judith Rosenbaum spoke with Odd Mom Out’s Jill Kargman, Tova Feldshuh, and the Unorthodox podcast about the persistence of the “JAP” (Jewish American Princess) stereotype. Listen to the podcast here.

Is It Ok To Say “JAP”?
Wednesday, July 18, 2018, 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Marlene Meyerson JCC
334 Amsterdam Ave at 76th St

Voices From the Women’s Liberation Movement: A Conversation About Joyce Antler’s New Book, Jewish Radical Feminism

JWA co-hosted a lively panel discussion of the book with Joyce Antler, JWA Executive Director Judith Rosenbaum, Nona Willis Aronowitz of Splinter, and Dahlia Lithwick of Newsweek, and Slate.

Jewish women were undeniably instrumental in shaping the women’s liberation movement of the 1960s, ’70s, and ’80s, yet historians and participants themselves have overlooked these women’s contributions as Jews. This has left many vital questions unasked and unanswered—until now. Delving into archival sources and conducting extensive interviews with these fierce pioneers, Joyce Antler, a founding board member of the Jewish Women’s Archive, has published a new book, Jewish Radical Feminism, which at last breaks the silence about the confluence of feminism and Jewish identity.

Voices From the Women’s Liberation Movement: A Conversation About Joyce Antler’s New Book, Jewish Radical Feminism
Thursday, May 31, 2018, at 7 p.m.
American Jewish Historical Society
15 West 16th Street, New York, NY 10011

An Evening with Tova Mirvis

Author Tova Mirvis, was joined in conversation with JWA Executive Director Judith Rosenbaum about her latest book, The Book of Separation, a memoir about her decision to leave Orthodoxy and her marriage to forge a new path for her and her family.

An Evening with Tova Mirvis, in Conversation with Judith Rosenbaum
Thursday, May 10, 2018, 7 p.m.
Temple Sinai
25 Canton Street, Sharon

Can We Talk? Live: Celebrating 20 Years of the Red Tent

JWA held an exciting evening with author Anita Diamant, discussing her best-seller The Red Tent, upon the 20th anniversary of the novel’s publication. Moderated by JWA executive director Judith Rosenbaum and JWA podcast host-producer Nahanni Rous, Diamant was in dialogue with fellow panelists Rabbi Liza Stern and Reverend Gloria White-Hammond about the impact of the book and how it has resonated for them and their communities. The event was recorded for a future podcast episode.

Can We Talk? Live: Celebrating 20 Years of The Red Tent
Wednesday, May 9, 7 p.m.
Boston University Hillel
213 Bay State Road
Boston, MA 02215

This event was supported in part by a Young Adult Innovation Grant from Combined Jewish Philanthropies.

Lioness: Judith Rosenbaum and Francine Klagsbrun in Conversation About Golda Meir

JWA Executive Director Judith Rosenbaum and author Francine Klagsbrun discussed Golda Meir and Klagsbrun’s new biography of her, Lioness: Golda Meir and the Nation of Israel, winner of the National Jewish Book Award. Published in 2017, the book is the definitive biography of the iron-willed leader, chain-smoking political operative, and tea-and-cake-serving grandmother who became the fourth prime minister of Israel. Klagsbrun’s superbly researched and masterfully recounted story of Israel’s founding mother gives us a Golda for the ages. Klagsbrun is the author of more than a dozen books and a regular columnist and writer in several online and print publications. She was also the editor of the bestselling “Free to Be ... You and Me.”

Lioness: Judith Rosenbaum and Francine Klagsbrun in Conversation About Golda Meir
Thursday, April 26, 2018, 4:30 to 6:00 p.m.
Mandel Center for the Humanities
Brandeis University
415 South Street, Waltham, MA 02453

Idra Novey: Reading and Book Signing

On Thursday, March 15, 2018, JWA and Gann Academy welcomed author Idra Novey, who read from and discussed her novel Ways to Disappear. The novel won the 2017 Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature and was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for First Fiction. Novey’s fiction and poetry have been translated into ten languages, and she has written for The New York Times, The Los Angles Times, and New York Magazine. Her second novel, Those Who Knew, is due out in the fall.

Idra Novey: Reading and Book Signing
Thursday, March 15, 2018, 7:30 p.m.
Gann Academy
333 Forest Street, Waltham, MA
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JWA co-sponsored the event, with the Gann Academy Parents Association and the Gann English and World Languages Departments.

A Celebration of Jewish Books

On Sunday, March 11, 2018, JWA co-sponsored “A Celebration of Jewish Books,” a day filled with Jewish storytelling and storytellers and reflecting dazzling diversity of the Jewish book world, from crime to Yiddish culture, Jewish cooking to historical fiction and serious biographies. JWA specifically co-sponsored a panel discussion with Book of Separation author Tova Mirvis and The Lost Wife author Alyson Richman, moderated by The Forever Summer author Jamie Brenner.

A Celebration of Jewish Books
Sunday, March 11, 2018, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The Temple Emanu-El Streicker Center
10 East 66th Street, New York, NY 10065

JWA co-sponsored the event, along with the Jewish Book Council, Moment Magazine, and PJ Library.

Revealing #metoo as #wetoo in Jewish Communal Life: An Evening of Discussion and Action

The Jewish community is not immune. As Jews, it is our responsibility to break the silence ... and tell stories that would otherwise not be heard. JWA co-sponsored this event, initiated by the Jewish Women’s Foundation of New York, to address abuses of power that have led to sexual harassment in the Jewish community, and to launch creating a code of ethics and professional conduct for the community. It was moderated by Barbara Dobkin.

Revealing #metoo as #wetoo in Jewish Communal Life:
An Evening of Discussion and Action
Thursday, January 25, 2018, 6 to 8 p.m.
130 East 59th Street, New York, NY
Moderated by Barbara Dobkin

JWA was a co-sponsor of the event, which was organized by the Jewish Women’s Foundation of New York.

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