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!

Reflections in Quarantine

Our world has been rocked by the rapid spread of COVID-19 and its economic and social ripple effects. While virtually no one has been left untouched by these upheavals, they have impacted individuals’ lives in very different ways. Share your experience of the pandemic here. By submitting my story to this question set, I understand that it may be shared with the Council of American Jewish Museums and its member institutions.

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!

Make Rosh Hashanah Sweet

Telling and listening to stories creates a powerful connection. Take some time to create meaning during the holiday by using the following conversation prompts with family and friends.

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.)

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. (Note: Submitting a story here does not ensure inclusion in JWA's Women Rabbis exhibit.)

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.

Women and Philanthropy

Philanthropy has long been an important vehicle through which Jewish women have led, shaped, and challenged their communities. Add your story to help document Jewish women’s unique experiences with philanthropy and collective power to make change.

Southern Jewish Women

The experience of Southern Jewish women is one of complex societal expectations: the historically domestic role of Southern women in tandem with the subversive rebellion and pursuance of justice associated with the history of Jewish women. However, as history--specifically Southern--is collected, the strong voices of these Jewish women are often left out of the narrative. We hope that you refer to this question set in order to shine a light on the experience of Southern Jewish women and help collect their stories.

WSJHS Agents of Change

“Agents of Change” are remarkable Jewish women of Washington State who made their mark, created change, and inspired others. Are you a self-identified woman from Washington State who broke a barrier, stood up to lead, went above and beyond, or achieved something meaningful, or do you know someone who is? If so, we want to hear from you. We are not looking for a full life story, but instead, we invite you to share one aspect of your story with us using the suggested prompts. By submitting my story to this question set, I understand that it will be shared with the Washington State Jewish Historical Society and included in their digital museum, The Washington Jewish Museum.

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.

How to cite this page

Jewish Women's Archive. "Question Sets." (Viewed on August 10, 2020) <https://jwa.org/stories/question-sets>.

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