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”Everyone has a story. These stories, told to oneself and others, can transform the world.“ —Barbara Myerhoff

Story Collecting

Story collecting has been central to JWA’s mission since it was founded in 1996. Since then, we have collected and shared the stories of thousands of women on our website and through educational programs. But there are always more stories to tell. Explore JWA’s oral history resources and join us in uncovering the untold stories of Jewish women in your community.

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Story Aperture

Story Aperture, a new project of the Jewish Women’s Archive made possible by the generous support of the Covenant Foundation, enables people of all ages to collect and share the untold and underrepresented stories of Jewish women through mobile technology.

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Share Her Story This Purim

Most women’s stories never make it into history. It takes creativity and dedication to keep our legacies alive. This Purim, JWA is partnering with Repair the World and the Jewish Multiracial Network to share stories of modern Jewish women of color, Sephardi and Mizrahi women – true unsung heroes – whose efforts to strengthen and preserve the Jewish community deserve to be celebrated, emulated, and remembered. #ShareHerStory
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Archiving #MeToo

Add your #MeToo story to JWA’s archival collection to ensure that the breadth of Jewish voices and experiences is captured and preserved during this watershed moment. Together, our stories illustrate the systems and structures that shape women’s experiences—and our collective power to make change.
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We Educate

Jewish women have long led the field of Jewish education as teachers, administrators, and school directors, but their stories and contributions are not always documented or recognized. JWA wants to capture the triumphs, struggles, and stories of the women who play a key role in shaping Jewish education.
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History is unfolding every day, and we are part of it. The actions we take – both collectively and individually – tell a story, unique to our time and place. Share your stories – of protest, hope, resistance, and change – with us using #JWAmegaphone as a platform.

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Holiday Stories

Storytelling is central to the celebration of many Jewish holidays. By telling and preserving our individual and communal stories, we strengthen our connection to each other, to our traditions, and to our legacies. Join JWA this holiday season in creating a more inclusive, inspiring story by interviewing an important Jewish woman in your life.
"In Our Own Voices" eBook Cover by Jewish Women's Archive, 2005

In Our Own Voices

In Our Own Voices, published in 2005, is a how-to guide for conducting life history interviews with American Jewish women. This comprehensive resource and workbook includes introductory essays by leading scholars of Jewish women’s history, frameworks for understanding the multiple and intersecting spheres of women’s lives, and hundreds of sample questions to choose from.

Intergenerational oral histories

20 Questions to Ask the Important Women in Your Life

Want to interview a Jewish woman in your life, but not sure where to begin? JWA created a list of 20 questions (more, if you’re counting!) to help you get started.

How to cite this page

Jewish Women's Archive. "Story Collecting." (Viewed on February 18, 2019) <>.


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