The Jewish Women’s Archive (JWA) would like to announce the upcoming new edition of one of its core resources, the Encyclopedia of Jewish Women.

The Encyclopedia was originally published in 1997 as Jewish Women in America: An Historical Encyclopedia (edited by Paula E. Hyman and Deborah Dash Moore). It was later expanded as Jewish Women: An Historical Encyclopedia (edited by Paula E. Hyman and Dalia Ofer), published in 2006 on CD-ROM by Shalvi Publishing Ltd. In 2009, it was made freely available on the website of the Jewish Women’s Archive, where it now attracts more than 1.2 million page views each year from scholars, teachers, students, genealogists, and religious leaders of all faiths and genders, from more than 200 countries.

 JWA is now updating, expanding, and redesigning the Encyclopedia, which will be renamed theShalvi/Hyman Encyclopedia of Jewish Women – in honor of Israeli feminist Alice Shalvi and in memory of pioneering Jewish historian (and one of the original editors) Paula Hyman and publisher Moshe Shalvi.

While the Encyclopedia is the world’s largest source of information on Jewish women, we know it is not complete. Women active in all fields today from around the world should be added; in particular, Jewish women of color, Sephardi and Mizrahi women, LGBTQ Jews, and differently abled women past and present have often gone unnoticed.

We invite you to help us ensure that this resource is as robust, inclusive, and diverse as possible by suggesting a woman or a topic to be featured in the Encyclopedia’s new edition.  

Thank you for your partnership to help our Encyclopedia grow.

Jennifer Sartori, Ph.D.

Editor, Shalvi/Hyman Encyclopedia of Jewish Women

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