Women enjoying the "Seeing Seattle" open-air tour c1910
Women seated in "Seeing Seattle" open-air touring vehicle, Seattle, Washington, approximately 1910
Note from donor file: "Seeing Seattle" car, ca. 1910. Blanche Newberger (Stern), 8th from right; Seattle.
University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections/Washington State Jewish Historical Society, JEW0684
In collaboration with the Jewish Women's Archive, the Washington State Jewish Historical Society is proud to announce Agents of Change: Washington Jewish Women's Stories, featuring women telling their stories in their own words.
The stories that will be shared are of women who have made their mark in a wide array of fields. Agents of Change illustrates the many important contributions Jewish women are making every day in Washington state and in our world.
- How did you or your family come to live in Washington State? What has your experience been like here?
- Please describe a time in your life when you took a risk or had a powerful experience and challenged yourself. What did you learn from this experience?
- What barriers have you faced, if any, and how have they made you feel?
- Could you share a time in your life when being a Jewish woman was particularly meaningful or particularly challenging? How does Jewish wisdom, practice, or identity show up for you today?
- Is there anything I haven’t asked about that you would like to share?
Agents of Change are remarkable Jewish women of Washington State who have made their mark, created change, and inspired others. Are you a Jewish woman from Washington State who broke a barrier, stood up to lead, went above and beyond, or achieved something great? If so, share your story with us. You can also interview an Agent of Change and share her story.
- Nominee must identify as a Jewish woman
- She can be a contemporary or historical figure
- She must represent a significant achievement
- While nominees do not have to have been born in or currently live in Washington State, the majority of the work or the achievement for which she is being recognized must have been completed in Washington State
- Her work or achievement should exemplify Jewish values
- Nominations will be excepted through July 2020
- Submissions should be brief and concise
- A photo must be included with the submission
- Permission must be granted for materials to be used on WSJHS website, Washington Jewish Museum, social media, physical exhibits/publication
All submissions must include a visual element that is relevant to your submission and high resolution.
Photos will ideally be a portrait, or similar, of the subject of your submission but can also be of something related to the story including pictures of an important location, group of people, building, document, or landmark. You must have permission to share the photo because submitting your story and photo gives the WSJHS and JWA permission to use the materials.
Questions can be submitted by email to Sara by clicking here.
Examples of Jewish women in Washington state include but are not limited to these type of contributions (and can be in the present tense or the past.) Feel free to also submit for your relatives living or deceased.
- You are a leader in a Jewish organization or any business or organization
- You are a volunteer in any nonprofit
- You are an advocate for your child in the school system
- You volunteered for the JFS food bank once a week for years
- You helped access the health care system for a relative or yourself
- You were a first in any position as a woman or a founder
- You had a small idea and it turned into something amazing
- You write a blog about something you care deeply about
Additional examples will be added here as we think of them and as they are received.
When in doubt, you probably belong to this group of amazing women and you should submit your story.
Questions should be addressed to Sara Mottaz at this link.
When recording your story of no more than five minutes in length, use the the story prompts provided below as a starting point and feel to provide additional information answering an unasked question. Choose what is meaningful or of interest to you. Submissions should be brief and concise and must include a photo.
When beginning, first clearly state and also spell your name. If you are interviewing someone else, then state and spell both your, and the narrator’s names.* Listen attentively and ask follow-up questions as you go allowing brief pauses between questions and answers.
*If you are sharing someone’s story who could not be present for the interview, feel free to answer these questions based on your conversations with her or from your point of view as someone who was impacted by her experience.
Funding for Highlighting our Jewish Women in Washington State through the Washington Jewish Museum was made possible, in part, by the 4Culture Sustaining Support Grant, the Women's Endowment Fund of the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle, and the Washington State Women’s Commission and the Washington State Historical Society through the Votes for Women Centennial Grant Program.
Washington State Jewish Historical Society is dedicated to discovering, preserving, and disseminating the history of the Jews of Washington state and promotes interest in and knowledge of the life, history, and culture of the Jewish people and communities through publications, exhibits, displays, speakers, tours, and performance.
Jewish Women’s Archive is a national organization dedicated to collecting and promoting the extraordinary stories of Jewish women. JWA explores the past as a framework for understanding the issues important to women today; inspires young people with remarkable role models; and uses Jewish women’s stories to excite people to see themselves as agents of change. For more information, please visit www.jwa.org.