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!

Your Family-Building Story

In most Jewish communities, parenthood is an inevitable expectation. But we know it's not that simple. We want to hear your story, whether you’re dealing with infertility, pregnancy loss, adoption, foster-parenting, becoming a single parent by choice, LGBTQ+ family-building, blended families, step-parenting, living child-free, or other family-building issues. Break down stigmas, confront taboos, and celebrate what family means to you. By submitting your story, you understand that it will be shared with Hadassah (hadassah.org) and Uprooted (weareuprooted.org), subject to the same restrictions indicated on the submission form.

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!

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 your story to this question set, you understand that it may be shared with the Council of American Jewish Museums and its member institutions.

The Legacy of Ma’yan

A program of JCC Manhattan that operated from 1993 until 2017, Ma’yan created innovative Jewish feminist ritual (including popularizing a feminist women’s seder), groundbreaking research, and programming that addressed gender-related issues from women’s philanthropy to social justice education for Jewish teen girls. If you participated in Ma’yan programming or were otherwise touched by Ma’yan’s work, we invite you to share your experience here. By submitting your story, you understand that it may be included in a project documenting the history and impact of Ma'yan.

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.

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 October 22, 2020) <https://jwa.org/stories/question-sets>.

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