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Publication Date: October 2004

Publisher(s): Association for Jewish Studies

Author(s): Karla Goldman

Series: AJS Perspectives: The Newsletter of the Association for Jewish Studies, Fall/Winter 2004, pp.26-27.

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Culture and religion (Cultural heritage and preservation)
Social conditions (History)

Keywords: History; Communal Memory; Gender

Type: Brief

Coverage: United States


For almost ten years the Jewish Women’s Archive (JWA) has been working to enrich popular and scholarly understandings of the American Jewish past. The 350th anniversary of American Jewish communal life being marked in 2004 and 2005 frames this effort with particular urgency. As this commemoration challenges Americans to come to terms with the significance of Jewish historical experience in the United States, JWA seeks to provide educators with accessible resources that can engage their students in a meaningful encounter with this past.