MIT
Center for Educational Computing Initiatives



Jewish Women's Archive

    The Jewish Women's Archive and CECI have collaborated since the Fall of 1997 on creating a web presence for the JWA. Jewish Women's ArchiveThe archive's mission is to uncover, chronicle and transmit the historical record of Jewish women's lives, their impact on Jewish culture and their active participation in society at large.

    Part of this mission is create a "virtual archive" accessible over the Internet. The virtual archive establishes collections that can be searched without regard to geographical distance and takes advantage of multiple virtual contexts, while preserving the integrity of the individual physical repositories in which resources on Jewish women are physically housed. Currently users can do searches not only for specific women but also for occupations, dates, subjects, repositories, collections, as well as journals, letters and other collection types.

    In addition to the virtual archive, CECI has worked on "Women of Valor,"an extensive series of multimedia exhibits created each year for Women's History Month. These exhibits have focused on three women each year with content and research provided by JWA and design and technology provided by CECI. At this date exhibits for nine women have been completed and include:

    • Rebecca Gratz (1781-1869) - Philanthropist and founder of first Hebrew Sunday school
    • Emma Lazarus (1849-1887) - Poet of "The New Colossus" on the Statue of Liberty
    • Hannah Solomon (1858-1942) - Founder of the National Council of Jewish Women
    • Molly Picon (1860-1945) - Yiddish theater and film star
    • Lillian Wald (1867-1940) - founder of Henry Street Settlement house and Visiting Nurse Service
    • Justine Wise Polier (1903-1987) - New York's first woman judge
    • Bobbie Rosenfeld (1904-1969) - Canadian gold medal Olympian
    • Bella Abzug (1920-1998) - Former New York State Congresswoman and Activist
    • Barbara Myerhoff (1935-1985) - Anthropologist who studied her own culture
    • Ray Frank (1861-1948) - First woman to preach formally from a temple pulpit in America
    • Beatrice Alexander (1895-1990) - Creator of the Madame Alexander Dolls
    • Gertrude Elion (1918-1999) - 1988 Nobel laureate in Medicine, treatment for leukemia

Funders

    Funders include the Dorot Foundation and the Charles E. Revson Foundation.

For more information