Agents of Change

20 Remarkable Jewish Women of Washington State

October 2018

In celebration of its 50th Anniversary, the Washington State Jewish Historical Society is proud to announce Agents of Change: 20 Remarkable Jewish Women of Washington State, a landmark exhibit that will premiere at a major community event on October 7, 2018.

Featuring women who have made their mark in a wide array of fields including arts, activism, athletics, education, business, diplomacy, law, politics, religion, and philanthropy, Agents of Change shows the breadth and depth of the contributions Jewish women are making every day in our state and our world.

Doreen Alhadeff • Becky Benaroya • Sue Bird • Bobbe Bridge • Carrie Brownstein • Patty Fleischmann • Michelle Goldberg • Amy Lavin • Suzi LeVine • Jessica Markowitz • Rona Matlow • Mina Miller • Rachel Nussbaum • Nancy Pearl • Michele Rosen • Barbara Rothstein • Tana Senn • Marcie Sillman • Hilary Stern • Janet Varon

Agents of Change

Agents of Change Podcast Series

Agents of Change Podcast, Episode 1

The first installment of the four-part series, featuring WNBA Champion and Olympic Gold Medalist Sue Bird, Sleater-Kinney co-founder and Portlandia co-creator Carrie Brownstein, former U.S. Ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein Suzi LeVine, Rabbi Rachel Nussbaum of Kavana Cooperative, and Washington State Jewish Historical Society Executive Director Lisa Kranseler.

Agents of Change Podcast, Episode 2

The second episode of the four-part series, featuring anti-trafficking activist Patty Fleischmann, Washington State Representative Tana Senn, immigrant rights activist Hilary Stern, Northwest Health Law Advocates founder Janet Varon, and transgender rights activist Rabbi Rona Matlow.

Agents of Change Podcast, Episode 3

The third episode of the four-part series, featuring philanthropists and community leaders, including the Jewish Family Service's Michele Rosen, former Washington State Supreme Court Justice and co-founder of the Center for Children & Youth Justice Bobbe Bridge, Chief Executive Officer of the Stroum Jewish Community Center Amy Lavin, concert pianist and Music of Remembrance founder Mina Miller, the Seattle Sephardic Network's Doreen Alhadeff, and community pillar Becky Benaroya.

Agents of Change Podcast, Episode 4

The final episode of the four part series looks at the impact of education and mentorship for five of our Agents of Change: Judge Barbara J. Rothstein, librarian and author Nancy Pearl, KUOW journalist Marcie Sillman, venture capitalist Michelle J. Goldberg, and recent NYU graduate Jessica Markowitz. 

Archival Women's Video

“2018 is the Year of the Woman,” says WSJHS Executive Director Lisa Kranseler on behalf of the selection committee, “and as we were debating possible subjects for our 50th anniversary exhibit, it became obvious that this was the perfect choice. From our mothers and grandmothers to our teachers and community leaders, we have all been powerfully influenced by strong women who have guided and changed our lives. This exhibit is a way to honor all those women by focusing on twenty exceptional representatives from our state.”

50th Anniversary Event Fundraiser featuring our Agents of Change

Key moments of our event can be found at the following times in the video:

0:00 - Event Preview
06:06 - Exhibit Hour
21:46 - Brunch Conversation
25:40 - Program Welcome, Tamar Boden
27:54 - Rabbi Rachel Nussbaum
30:08 - Mayor Jenny Durkan Intro
31:58 - Mayor Jenny Durkan Speaking
35:01 - Board President & Executive Director Introduction
36:05 - Board President Dennis Goldstein
38:56 - Executive Director Lisa Kranslerer
45:06 - Agents of Change Video*
54:26 - Award Presentation by Nancy Greer
59:40 - Agents of Change group photos
1:02:50 - Keynote Speaker Introduction
1:03:48 - Jessica Markowitz Speaking
1:16:56 - Kenny Alhadeff Speaking
1:25:21 - Ending Comments, Lisa Chessler


Washington State Jewish Historical Society: Agents of Change Honorees


Agents of Change is sponsored by a 4Culture Heritage Special Projects Grant, the Women's Endowment Fund of the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle, the Alfred and Tillie Shemanski Trust Fund, Alfred and Tillie Shemanski Testamentary Trust, and the Rita and Herbert Rosen Family Foundation.

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.


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