About Story Aperture

Since it was founded in 1996, JWA has collected and shared the stories of thousands of women online and through public programs. But there are always more stories to tell; every day we learn about inspiring women whose stories have not yet been chronicled, many of whom belong to underrepresented groups within the Jewish community.

Building on decades of expertise in oral history, and a commitment to amplifying Jewish women’s voices, both known and not yet discovered, JWA created Story Aperture, a robust and scalable story collection model that can be used to capture and share Jewish women’s stories from around the world.

In January 2017, JWA launched the pilot phase of this initiative, engaging people of all ages in identifying and interviewing Jewish women in their lives, taking advantage of 21st century technology to bring attention to the vital contributions and meaningful moments of ordinary and extraordinary women among us. Now, JWA is expanding the project to allow the public to upload audio stories directly to our website, which JWA staff will then curate to create compelling exhibits and podcasts reflecting the past and present diversity of Jewish life.

The name “Story Aperture” is inspired by Barbara Myerhoff, who described the way a personal story can provide an opening to understand not only one person’s life, but larger truths about the human experience.

Story Aperture was made possible (in part) by funds granted by The Covenant Foundation. The statements made and views expressed, however, are solely the responsibility of JWA.

Barbara Myerhoff.

Courtesy of the University of Southern California Archives, East Library Building.

How to cite this page

Jewish Women's Archive. "About Story Aperture." (Viewed on August 24, 2019) <https://jwa.org/stories/story-aperture>.


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