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Why Women’s History Matters: A Journey through the Jewish Women’s Archive

Hosted By: The National Library of Israel (NLI)

“When I started working on women’s history… people didn’t think that women had a history worth knowing.” – Pioneering historian Gerda Lerner, who would go on to assert that women’s history is not merely additive but transformative.

Born into a wealthy Jewish family in Vienna, Gerda got to New York in 1939, as the only one in her family able to get a visa. Hers is just one of many powerful stories preserved and told thanks to the Jewish Women’s Archive (JWA), a groundbreaking digital project now celebrating its 25th anniversary.

Join Dr. Judith Rosenbaum, CEO of the JWA, for a journey through the archive, highlighting stories of Jewish women as innovators, community builders, and change makers, around the world and throughout history!

“Why Women’s History Matters: A Journey through the Jewish Women’s Archive”
Monday, October 25th
8pm Israel / 6pm UK / 1pm EST

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Judith Rosenbaum, PhD

Judith Rosenbaum (she/her) is CEO of the Jewish Women’s Archive, a pioneering national organization that documents Jewish women’s stories, elevates their voices, and inspires them to be agents of change. An educator, historian, and writer, Judith served for nearly a decade as JWA’s Director of Public History and Director of Education, developing its major programs and educational initiatives. Judith earned a BA in History from Yale University and a PhD in American Studies from Brown University. She won a Fulbright Fellowship to study women’s collective communities in Israel, and received a dissertation grant from the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study to pursue research on the women’s health movement. Judith has taught and lectured widely on Jewish studies and women’s studies at institutions including Brown University, Boston University, Hebrew College, and Gann Academy. She also serves on the faculty of the Bronfman Fellowship and was awarded a Schusterman Fellowship for Jewish leaders.
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The National Library of Israel (NLI)

The National Library of Israel serves as the dynamic institution of collective memory for the Jewish people worldwide and Israelis of all backgrounds and faiths – past, present and future. Through its world-class collections and a range of innovative digital, educational and cultural initiatives, the National Library works to share the stories of the Jewish people, the State of Israel, the Land of Israel and its region.
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