About Barbara B. Dobkin, So Laugh a Little Honoree
So Laugh a Little: An Evening of Jewish Women's Comedy Honoring Barbara Dobkin took place on March 14, 2005.
Barbara Dobkin's illustrious, inimitable and irreverent career as leader, donor and activist is legendary. Her role as Founding Chair of the Jewish Women's Archive says it all—she has been the pioneer in work that advances women and girls and levels the playing field, in both the Jewish and the general communities. A visible and committed advocate for change, Barbara is the Founder of Ma'yan, the Jewish Women's Project, a program of the JCC of Manhattan. She serves on the boards of the White House Project, Lilith Magazine, the Women Donors Network, The Women's Funding Network and Kolot: The Center for Women's and Gender Studies at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. Barbara also chairs the board of the philanthropic foundation established by Hadassah. In addition, she is a significant supporter of and advisor to a variety of non-profit organizations, both Jewish and secular, in the U.S. and in Israel.
In 1998, Barbara received the Woman of Vision award from the New York Women's Foundation. In 1999, a Jewish Book Council prize for Women's Studies was established and endowed in perpetuity by her friends in her name. Barbara was also honored by the Jewish Funders Network for her innovative philanthropic work.
Barbara is widely known for her singular passion, intelligence, and cheeky sense of humor—attributes that propelled us to honor her with a night of comedy.
Barbara and her husband, Eric Dobkin, live in New York City with their beloved dogs, Maisie and Lulu. They are the parents of two daughters, Jessica and Rachel.