What is the Story Archive Project?
Story Archive of Women Rabbis started as a project of Jewish Women’s Theatre in 2011 to develop an all-digital, web-based archive that collects, preserves, and makes accessible the poignant stories, thought-provoking insights and spiritual points-of-view of women rabbis who have broken through the stained-glass ceiling and are changing Judaism forever.
Story Archive of Women Rabbis joined in partnership with Jewish Women’s Archive to launch the collection of groundbreaking stories at www.JWA.org
Why is this project important?
For over 3200 years men have served as spiritual leaders in Judaism. Forty years ago all that changed when the first woman was officially ordained as rabbi.
In the years since, an unprecedented revolution of theology, prayer and text interpretation has ensued. But like every generation that lives through a major paradigm shift, we cannot possibly know or predict the full impact of this cultural transformation in our lifetime.
Jewish Women’s Theatre is committed to recording the stories of the women who have joined men as spiritual leaders in Judaism. These extraordinary women and their extraordinary lives will be the focus of the archive. The legacy of our generation is to make sure the struggles and triumphs of this very select group of trailblazing women are preserved and remembered for future generations.
Jewish Women’s Theatre is proud to join with Jewish Women’s Archive in preserving and making accessible these valuable and historic stories.
Development of Story Archive
History has been made. To date, more than 175 interviews have been collected from women rabbis from around the world (including France, Germany, Poland, Switzerland, Canada, and Israel). This is more than 15% of the female rabbi population. The visual history of these women will be archived on a website which is currently in development. All denominations are represented. Story topics include–views of God, holy moments, challenges from the early days of women in the rabbinate, the joys of Judaism, favorite text in Torah, and meaningful rituals in everyday lives.
Funds are needed to sustain and expand this important project. Many of the first generation women rabbis are beginning to retire. We must not miss this opportunity to collect their historic stories and preserve them.
Donate Now. This project is a gift to posterity. Give generously.