Recent Events

Beat Breast Cancer Like a Boss with Ali Rogin

JWA partnered with Sharsheret to get an inside look into the top-selling book Beat Breast Cancer Like a Boss. This special evening was be moderated by author Ali Rogin in conversation with Joan Lunden and Jill Kargman.

Thursday, January 7, 2021, 8:00 p.m. ET

Speaking in a Political Voice: Jews and the Fight for Women’s Suffrage

The Bennett Center for Judaic Studies at Fairfield University held a conversation about Jewish women's involvement in the fight for women's suffrage in the United States. Judith Rosenbaum, JWA's CEO, spoke and answered questions like: What motivated their activism, what barriers did they face, and how did their experiences in the suffrage movement influence gender equality in the Jewish community?

Wednesday, October 14, 7:30 p.m.

Story Collecting in the Digital Age

In this interactive workshop, participants learned how to use JWA’s Story Aperture app to conduct interviews virtually and upload them directly to the Archive. For this session, we focussed on voting stories as we approached the 2020 national election.

Tuesday, October 6, 8:00 p.m.

Racial Justice Learn In | Yom Iyyun

JWA was honored to co-sponser Base and Hillel International's Racial Justice Learn In, a day of deep learning and introspection for our community around racial justice as we enter the month of Elul. This day of learning offered opportunities to engage over Zoom in a variety of educational workshops and gatherings.

Sunday, August 23, 12:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. ET

Votes for Women: Jews and the Suffrage Movement

Hadassah Magazine Executive Editor Lisa Hostein hosted a live online discussion about the contribution of Jewish women to the suffrage movement, and what that legacy means today. The event featured leading American Jewish historians Pamela Nadell, Melissa Klapper, and Judith Rosenbaum, JWA's CEO.

Wednesday, July 22, 7:30 p.m. ET

Poetry in Times of Peril: Four Women’s Voices

From the ancient Book of Psalms to contemporary hip-hop, poetry has served as a vital channel through which to express our deepest yearnings, frustrations, and hopes. How might words of poetry help us respond to the current crisis of COVID-19 and the national reckoning with racial injustice? JWA, The Miller Center of Hebrew College, and Interfaith Youth Core held a discussion with poets Alondra Bobadilla, Marilyn Nelson, Alicia Ostriker, and Alicia Jo Rabins, moderated by Judith Rosenbaum.

Tuesday, July 14, 8:00–9:15 p.m. EDT

Recording of Mrs. America: Feminism Then and Now

JWA held a lively discussion of the FX/Hulu miniseries Mrs. America on May 27, 2020. Drawing on the insights of historians, cultural critics, and activists of the time, we explored feminism and the ERA then and now, Jewish women in the movement, and on-screen representations of gender, race, and ethnicity. JWA's CEO Judith Rosenbaum was joined by Joyce Antler, Jen Deaderick, Samira Mehta, and Letty Cottin Pogrebin.

For more on these topics, check out JWA's feminism exhibit and Letty Cottin Pogrebin's article "Anti-Semitism in the Women's Movement."

Leading through Crisis and Change: Jewish Women at the Turn of the 20th Century

In June, JWA offered an engaging virtual course with scholars of Jewish women’s history to delve into the lives, challenges, choices, and innovations of American Jewish women who changed our story. In these four sessions, we examined the leadership and lessons of Jewish women—from outspoken activists to savvy housewives—whose creativity in tumultuous times ushered in a new, modern world. With JWA scholars Carole Balin, Karla Goldman, Rebecca Kobrin, and Judith Rosenbaum.

Thursdays in June at 8:00 p.m. EDT

  • June 4: Jewish Housewives and the Kosher Meat Boycott, with Judith Rosenbaum
  • June 11: Henrietta Szold, with Karla Goldman
  • June 18: Jewish Women and the Suffrage Movement, with Carole Balin
  • June 25: Emma Lazarus, with Rebecca Kobrin

Let's Talk about Food

On Zoom, JWA held a virtual Passover storytelling event featuring chefs, rabbis, bards, and poets.

Thursday, April 2, 4:00 p.m. EDT

I Want You to Know We're Still Here Book Launch

We celebrated the debut memoir by JWA Board Member and former CEO of Sixth & I, Esther Safran Foer. In I Want You to Know We’re Still Here, Esther recounts her journey to find the missing pieces from her family's secretive past. Esther was in conversation with her eldest son and journalist Franklin Foer via Zoom.

Tuesday, March 31, 7:00 p.m. EDT

Sharing Our Stories in a Time of Social Distance

The Jewish Women’s Archive’s new app, Story Aperture, enables people of all ages and genders to collect and share the untold and underrepresented stories of Jewish women through mobile technology. Now more than ever, we can use this app to open up conversations and preserve the voices of the Jewish women in our lives. This online program gave a brief tutorial on using the app, as well as allowed the group to reflect on how we can use story sharing to overcome social distancing.

Sunday, March 22, 8:00 p.m. EDT

Book Talk: Rebel Cinderella

JWA partnered with the Wyner Family Jewish Heritage Center to sponsor a presentation with Adam Hochschild, author of new book Rebel Cinderella: From Rags to Riches to Radical, the Epic Journey of Rose Pastor Stokes. Rose Pastor arrived in New York City in 1903, a Jewish refugee from Russia, and later joined the burgeoning Socialist Party, becoming an activist. She moved among the liveliest group of activists and dreamers this country has ever seen including Emma Goldman, Eugene V. Debs, Margaret Sanger, and W.E.B. Du Bois. JWA's CEO Judith Rosenbaum had a conversation with Hochschild after his presentation.

Friday, March 6, 2020, 2:00 p.m.
The Historic Rotunda at American Ancestors
99-101 Newbury Street
Boston, MA

Beyond Bubbie's Kitchen

JWA co-sponsored Beyond Bubbie’s Kitchen, which is bigger and better than ever, with a new location, new chefs, and new make-and-take opportunities! Local chefs created tasty new takes on Jewish cuisine from around the world.

Sunday, March 1, 2020, 5:30–7:30 p.m.
Revere Hotel
200 Stuart Street
Boston, MA

Gloria: A Life

JWA joined with the American Repertory Theatre as a community partner for a performance of Gloria: A Life, a play about Gloria Steinem and the women she has partnered with in a decades-long fight for equality. Fifty years after Gloria began raising her voice and championing those of others, her vision is as urgent as ever.

Saturday, February 1, 2020, 7:30 p.m.
Loeb Drama Center
64 Brattle St.
Cambridge, MA

Mrs. G and Kosher Beach at the Boston Jewish Film Festival

JWA was proud to sponsor a screening of Mrs. G, preceded by the short film Kosher Beach, as part of the Boston Jewish Film Festival. Mrs. G tells the incredible story of how one woman created the world’s most famous swimsuit company. Mrs. Lea Gottlieb started Gottex in her tiny Tel Aviv apartment. A Holocaust survivor with endless creativity, unbridled passion, and a dominant personality, "Mrs. G" was able to climb to the pinnacle of the glamorous fashion world. But ultimately, this success meant navigating complex relationships with her two daughters and making complicated personal decisions while trying to keep her business afloat. The screening was followed by a conversation with fashion historian Keren Ben-Horin.

Saturday, November 16, 2019, 6:30 p.m.
Brattle Theatre
Cambridge, MA

WRJ Women's Empowerment Awards Dinner

The Jewish Women’s Archive was honored at Women of Reform Judaism’s (WRJ) Women’s Empowerment Awards Dinner held in Chicago, Illinois on December 14, 2019 during the The Union for Reform Judaism’s (URJ) Biennial.

Saturday, December 14, 2019, 5:30 p.m.
Marriott Marquis
Chicago, IL

She Can Do Anything: Feminism and Jewish Life in the Post-Soviet States

We celebrated Project Kesher and the gift of its archives to Brandeis University. Founder Sallie E. Gratch was joined by Project Kesher Ukraine Director Vlada Nedak. Later in the day, a panel of academic experts provided the historical context of the Project Kesher archival collection housed at Brandeis.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019, 11:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Rapaporte Treasure Hall
Brandeis Library
Waltham, MA

Who Will Write Our History?

JWA proudly sponsored a screening of Who Will Write Our History? at the Kendall Square Cinema. In November 1940, days after the Nazis sealed 450,000 Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto, a secret band of journalists, scholars and community leaders decided to fight back. Led by historian Emanuel Ringelblum and known by the code name Oyneg Shabes, this clandestine group vowed to defeat Nazi lies and propaganda not with guns or fists but with pen and paper. Now, for the first time, their story is told as a feature documentary written, produced, and directed by Roberta Grossman and executive produced by Nancy Spielberg. JWA's Executive Director, Judith Rosenbaum, introduced the film.

Thursday, October 17, 2019, 7:00 p.m.
Kendall Square Cinema
One Kendall Square, at 355 Binney Street
Cambridge, MA

BEYLE: The Artist and Her Legacy

In collaboration with the Yiddish Book Center and the Jewish Heritage Center, we proudly sponsored a special screening of BEYLE: The Artist and Her Legacy, a film about the life and work of Holocaust survivor Beyle Schaechter-Gottesman. A Q&A session with BEYLE Co-Director and Director of the Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, Christa Whitney, followed.

Thursday, September 12, 2019, 7:00–9:00 p.m.
The Wyner Family Heritage Center
at the New England Historic Genealogical Society
99-101 Newbury Street, Boston, MA

Sarah Hurwitz: Here All Along

Renowned political speechwriter Sarah Hurwitz discussed her new book, Here All Along: Finding Meaning, Spirituality, and a Deeper Connection to Life in Judaism (After Finally Choosing to Look There). Sarah Hurwitz was head speechwriter for First Lady Michelle Obama, after serving as speechwriter for President Barack Obama and chief speechwriter for Hillary Clinton on her 2008 presidential campaign. Here All Along is one of JWA's 2019-2020 Book Club picks.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
Congregation Kehillath Israel
384 Harvard St
Brookline, MA

Berkshires Jewish Festival of Books

JWA proudly cosponsored the third annual Berkshires Jewish Festival of Books. Executive Director Judith Rosenbaum spoke with authors Angela Himsel (A River Could Be A Tree, 2018-2019 JWA Book Club pick) and Tova Mirvis (The Book of Separation, 2017-2018 JWA Book Club pick).

Thursday, July 18–Sunday, July 21, 2019
270 State Road
Great Barrington, MA

TRYmester: Jewish Fertility Journeys Out Loud

Uprooted: A Jewish Communal Response to Fertility Journeys presented a collective portrait of individuals striving to create their families through a tapestry of song, dance, and monologue. Created with the hope of building awareness, this stirring, contemplative piece also empowered those facing fertility challenges to find their voice in the voice of others expressed on stage. Generously hosted by Temple Israel of Boston.

Sunday, April 7, 2019, 4:00 p.m.
Temple Israel of Boston
477 Longwood Avenue
Boston, MA

Rethinking the History of American Jewish Women

What does it mean to be a Jewish woman in America? In her new book, "America’s Jewish Woman: A History From Colonial Times To Today," author Pamela S. Nadell weaves together the stories of a diverse group of extraordinary Jewish women who helped carve out a Jewish American identity. JWA hosted a special interactive online book talk, featuring Nadell in conversation with JWA Executive Director Judith Rosenbaum.

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Jewish Feminisms/American Visions: Perspectives from Fifty Years of Activism

“Jewish Feminisms/American Visions” brought an array of pioneering and contemporary feminist activists to Ann Arbor to consider the role of Jewish identity in the framing and development of second wave American feminism. Keying off the interpretations offered by historian Joyce Antler in her recent book, Jewish Radical Feminism, the symposium asked activists from the 1960s through today to explore the significance of Jewish identities in the development of the women’s liberation movement and the impact of feminism on American Jewish culture, politics, and religion. In addition to conversations between veteran feminists and more recently-minted activists, the program included a screening of the documentary Changing the World portraying the activist career of conference participant, Heather Booth, and a performance by violinist and klezmer music pioneer, Alicia Svigals.

Wednesday, March 13–Friday, March 15, 2019
University of Michigan
School of Social Work
1080 South University Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI

America's Jewish Women: A History from Colonial Times to Today

On the day of its publication, JWA and the American Jewish Historical Society hosted the launch of Pamela Nadell’s America's Jewish Women: A History from Colonial Times to Today (featured on JWA's 2018-2019 bookshelf). A groundbreaking history of how Jewish women have maintained their identity and influenced social activism as they wrote themselves into American history. This event was a book talk with author Pamela Nadell and Jane Eisner.

Tuesday, March 5, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.
Center for Jewish History
15 W 16th St New York, NY

Happy Birthday, Molly! Celebrate East and West and the Other Migrating Identities

A live score and film screening of the silent film classic East and West (1923) was presented with live music by Pete Sokolow and Michael Winograd (Klezmer Trio, Sandaraa) performing a score written by Sokolow and Henry Sapoznik in 1991. This rare/important/delightful film was restored by The National Center for Jewish Film with new English intertitles. This program celebrated the 121 birthday of the star of East and West, Molly Picon, highlighting her talented bridging of multiple geographies and identities in her performances, prompting us to consider today’s concepts of East versus West, immigration, diaspora, and identity. Part of the Program Series Not Just Funny Girl: Jewish American Women in Comedy, and co-sponsored with the Center for Jewish History, YIVO, The Forward, the National Center for Jewish Film, and the Goldstein-Goren Center for American Jewish History.

Sunday, March 3, 2019, 4:00 p.m.
Center for Jewish History
15 W 16th St New York, NY

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's; social justice festival.

Thursday, February 7, 2019, 5:00–7:00 p.m.
Usdan International Lounge
Brandeis University
415 South St. Waltham, MA

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