Question Sets

Question Sets help narrow the focus of your interview by offering optional prompts to ask your narrator. Choose one of JWA’s original Question Sets, or create your own!

General Questions

Want to interview a Jewish woman in your life, but not sure where to begin? Choose from this list of general questions to help you get started.

Your Voting Story

This year—2020—marks the centennial of the 19th Amendment’s ratification. It is also the year of a momentous presidential election in which gender and identity will play a major role. Share your own voting story here and reflect on the significance of women’s voting in the past, present, and future!

Eat, Memory

Food has long been a medium for many Jewish women to create, remember, invent, nurture, and teach. Share your most scrumptious, saucy, and satisfying food stories, from your own life or those of the Jewish women close to you!

Women Rabbis

In the fewer than 50 years since the first woman became ordained as a rabbi on American soil, women have transformed the rabbinate, along with Jewish life and communities across the globe. Add your voice to the collection of stories about the challenges and blessings, trials and triumphs, of being a woman rabbi today.

Judaism, Race, and Ethnicity

The complete story of the Jewish people includes Jews of color, whose experiences are often overlooked. Use this question set to amplify the experiences of Jewish Women of Color, Indigenous, Mizrahi, and Sephardi women. (This question set was created in collaboration with the Jewish Multiracial Network and Repair the World.)

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 movement. Together, our stories illustrate the systems and structures that shape women’s experiences—and our collective power to make change.

Your Passover Story

Storytelling is central to the celebration of Passover. By telling and preserving our individual and communal stories, we strengthen our connection to each other and to our legacies. As you prepare to spend Passover with loved ones, join us in gathering the stories of Jewish women in your family or community. We offer some questions to get you started below.

How to cite this page

Jewish Women's Archive. "Question Sets." (Viewed on February 28, 2020) <https://jwa.org/stories/question-sets>.

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