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Art & Culture

Self-Portrait by Helene Aylon
Helène Aylon

Helène Aylon is an artist who has addressed what she perceives as the three landscapes of feminism of the last three decades: biological, ecological, theological.

Judy Chicago
Judy Chicago

Judy Chicago, born in Chicago in 1939, is an artist, author, feminist, educator, and intellectual whose career now spans four decades. Her most famous work, The Dinner Party, a monumental multimedia project symbolizing the achievements of historic women in Western civilization, has been seen by more than one million people during its 16 exhibitions held at venues in six countries.

Merle Feld
Merle Feld

Merle Feld, poet and playwright, was born and raised in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, in an assimilated family. In college her curiosity about Jewish life and her desire to find a community drew Feld to Hillel, where she found a deep and enduring connection to Judaism and Jewish life.

Debbie Friedman
Debbie Friedman

Debbie Friedman was a singer, songwriter, and guitarist, who recorded more than 20 albums. Friedman’s music is living Judaism, teaching children and adults to love prayers that might otherwise have remained strings of foreign words, unrelated to their lives.

Diana Mara Henry
Diana Mara Henry

Diana Mara Henry has spent her professional life documenting heroic individuals and milestone events on the cutting edge of social change, using photography and the written word to communicate values of freedom and dignity for all living beings.

Marge Piercy
Marge Piercy

Marge Piercy is the author of 17 novels including the New York Times Bestseller Gone To Soldiers, the national bestseller The Longings of Women, and the classic Woman on the Edge of Time; 17 volumes of poetry; and the critically acclaimed memoir Sleeping with Cats.

Joan Roth
Joan Roth

Joan Roth is a photographer whose work has been published and exhibited throughout the world. Her passion lies in visually conveying the grandeur of ordinary women. Born and reared in Detroit, Joan Roth came to New York in 1962. During the early years of the women’s movement, she was part of several important consciousness-raising groups in East Hampton, New York, and in New York City, and started other groups across the country.

Joan Snyder
Joan Snyder

Joan Snyder’s introduction into the New York art world began with a series of “Stroke” paintings completed in the 1970s. These paintings were included in the Whitney 1973 Biennial and the Corcoran 1975 Biennial, and were the basis of her first solo shows in New York City, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.

Meredith Tax
Meredith Tax

Meredith Tax was born in Wisconsin and graduated from Brandeis University with a degree in English. While studying in London, she became involved in the anti-war movement and decided she wanted to be an activist. Returning to the U.S. in 1968, she continued her anti-war work and was one of the initiators of Bread and Roses, an early socialist-feminist organization in Boston.

Ruth Weisberg
Ruth Weisberg

Ruth Weisberg is Dean of Fine Arts at the University of Southern California. As an artist, Weisberg works primarily in painting, drawing, and large-scale installations. A particularly active exhibitor, she has had over 70 solo and 160 group exhibitions.

Naomi Weisstein
Naomi Weisstein

Naomi Weisstein, while a Harvard graduate student in psychology (Ph.D., 1964), was forbidden entrance to the Lamont Library, which was closed to women, because, she was told “women are a distraction to men.” “You want distraction,” she said, “I'll show you distraction,” and she and friends with signs, a violin, and a clarinet positioned themselves underneath the windows of Lamont Library that evening and serenaded the scholars.

Diversity & Tolerance

Lynn Gottlieb
Lynn Gottlieb

Lynn Gottlieb entered pulpit life at the age of 23 in 1973, as rabbi to Temple Beth Or of the Deaf in New York City. In 1981, she became the first woman ordained in the Jewish Renewal Movement. Gottlieb's creativity, peace and justice activism, feminism, and focus on spiritual meaning helped shape the Jewish Renewal Movement.

Gloria Greenfield
Gloria Greenfield

Gloria Z. Greenfield has served as director of the Adult Learning Collaborative: A Program of Combined Jewish Philanthropies and Hebrew College since 2001. One of the key programs in the Collaborative is the Jewish Women's Studies initiative, which brings the leading Jewish feminist scholars from North America, Europe, and Israel to Boston.

Melanie Kaye/Kantrowitz
Melanie Kaye/Kantrowitz

Melanie Kaye/Kantrowitz has been an activist since the early 1960s civil rights movement in Harlem. She served as co-chair of the New Jewish Agenda Task Force on Anti-Semitism and Racism, and was the first director of Jews for Racial and Economic Justice in New York City (1992-95).

Loolwa Khazzoom
Loolwa Khazzoom

Loolwa Khazzoom is an author, musician, artist, and multicultural educator, as well as a feminist activist and women’s self-defense instructor.

Letty Cottin Pogrebin
Letty Cottin Pogrebin

Letty Cottin Pogrebin earned her B.A. from Brandeis University and became a writer and strong advocate for women’s rights in the early 1970s. In 1971, she was one of the founding editors of Ms. magazine, where she worked for 17 years, and a co-founder of the National Women’s Political Caucus.

Education

Sue Levi Elwell
Sue Levi Elwell

Rabbi Sue Levi Elwell has been teaching and writing about Jewish women’s history and feminist spirituality for the past 20 years. The Founding Director of the American Jewish Congress Feminist Center in Los Angeles,

Susannah Heschel
Susannah Heschel

Susannah Heschel is the Eli Black Associate Professor of Jewish Studies in the Department of Religion at Dartmouth College. Her scholarship focuses on Jewish-Christian relations in Germany during the 19th and 20th centuries, and her numerous publications include a prize-winning monograph, Abraham Geiger and the Jewish Jesus (University of Chicago Press), which won a National Jewish Book Award, and a forthcoming book, The Aryan Jesus: Christianity, Nazis and the Bible (Princeton University Press).

Paula Hyman
Paula Hyman

Paula E. Hyman, a founding member of Ezrat Nashim, was the Lucy Moses Professor of Modern Jewish History at Yale University and president of the American Academy of Jewish Research. She also served as the first female dean of the Seminary College of Jewish Studies at the Jewish Theological Seminary.

Evelyn Fox Keller
Evelyn Fox Keller

Evelyn Fox Keller is a Professor of History and Philosophy of Science at MIT. She attended Brandeis University for her undergraduate studies and earned her Ph.D. from Harvard in theoretical physics. Previously, Keller taught at Northeastern University, SUNY Purchase, NYU, and UC Berkeley.

Gerda Lerner at Sarah Lawrence College
Gerda Lerner

Gerda Lerner was a pioneer in the field of women’s history. She was born in Vienna, Austria in 1920. As a teenager, she experienced the Nazi’s rise to power and became involved in the underground resistance movement. She was imprisoned and then, with her family, forced into exile. In 1939, she alone was able to find refuge in America, where she became a political activist.

Lynn Sherr
Lynn Sherr

Lynn Sherr is an award-winning correspondent with the ABC Newsmagazine “20/20.” Throughout her long career in television and in print, she has covered a wide range of stories, from politics to space to investigative reports, with a special emphasis on social change and women’s issues.

Catherine Steiner-Adair
Catherine Steiner-Adair

Catherine Steiner-Adair is a clinical psychologist, school consultant, author, and teacher whose professional life is devoted to working with kids, parents, and schools. Her clinical work and research in the areas of girls’ development and understanding, treating, and preventing eating disorders is internationally recognized.

Feminist Publishing

Adler, Rachel - still image [media]
Rachel Adler

Rachel Adler is Professor of Modern Jewish Thought and Judaism and Gender at Hebrew Union College-Los Angeles. She was one of the first theologians to integrate feminist perspectives and concerns into the interpretation of Jewish texts and the renewal of Jewish law and ethics.

Susan Brownmiller
Susan Brownmiller

When Susan Brownmiller left Cornell University, she was determined to be a Broadway actress. Quite accidentally, she started working in editorial jobs for magazines. Brownmiller was profoundly influenced by the Southern sit-in movement to end lunch counter segregation that began in February 1960. She joined CORE, organized a picket line in front of a New York Woolworth's, and became a political activist.

Aviva Cantor
Aviva Cantor

An advocate of feminism and egalitarianism in Judaism, author Aviva Cantor has promoted Jewish activism for over 30 years. She was a co-founder of the Jewish Liberation Project in New York and an editor of its Jewish Liberation Journal. In 1976, she co-founded Lilith, an “Independent, Jewish & Frankly Feminist” magazine.

Ophira Edut
Ophira Edut

Ophira Edut is a writer, designer, and entrepreneur who has spent a decade creating groundbreaking media projects focused on teens, women, and multicultural issues. She is the C.O.O. of Mediarology, a content, media consulting, and design company.

Maralee Gordon
Maralee Gordon

Maralee Gordon has been focused on the intersection of Jewish community, education, social action, and spiritual connection her entire adult life. An educator in the Chicago Jewish community, she has taught all ages, from two-year-olds through senior citizens.

Blu Greenberg
Blu Greenberg

Author and lecturer Blu Greenberg has published widely on contemporary issues of feminism, Orthodoxy, and the Jewish family, as well as on other subjects of scholarly interest. Amidst a myriad of public roles, she chaired the first and second International Conferences on Feminism and Orthodoxy in 1997 and 1998 and is founding president of JOFA, the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance.

Florence Howe
Florence Howe

Florence Howe is emerita professor of English at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, and emerita publisher/director of The Feminist Press at the City University of New York. She has published more than a dozen books and over 100 essays.

Clare Kinberg
Clare Kinberg

Clare Kinberg has been Managing Editor of BRIDGES: A Jewish Feminist Journal since its founding in 1989. She was on the founding board of Brit Tzedek v'Shalom: Jewish Alliance for Justice and Peace and has written several articles on organizing for Israeli/Palestinian peace and Jewish feminism. She lives in Ann Arbor, MI with her partner and their two daughters, ages four and seven.

Letty Cottin Pogrebin
Letty Cottin Pogrebin

Letty Cottin Pogrebin earned her B.A. from Brandeis University and became a writer and strong advocate for women’s rights in the early 1970s. In 1971, she was one of the founding editors of Ms. magazine, where she worked for 17 years, and a co-founder of the National Women’s Political Caucus.

Susan Weidman Schneider
Susan Weidman Schneider

Susan Weidman Schneider is a founding mother of Lilith, the award-winning Jewish women’s magazine, where she has been Editor–in–Chief since its debut in 1976. The magazine, and her writing and lectures, are often credited with changing the way Jewish women see themselves and their roles in the Jewish community.

Marriage & Family

Gay Block
Gay Block

As a portrait photographer, Gay Block began in 1973 with portraits of her own affluent Jewish community in Houston. Later work includes girls at summer camp, retired Jews of Miami's South Beach, and grocery employees in Texas. Her landmark work with writer Malka Drucker, RESCUERS: Portraits of Moral Courage in the Holocaust, both a book and traveling exhibit, has been seen in over 50 venues in the US and abroad, including the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), NY, in 1992.

Marla Brettschneider
Marla Brettschneider

Marla Brettschneider is a Political Philosopher with a joint appointment in Political Science and Women’s Studies at the University of New Hampshire, where she also coordinates the Queer Studies program.

Tamara Cohen
Tamara Cohen

Tamara Cohen is a Jewish feminist writer, activist and educator. She currently works as the Director of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Affairs at the University of Florida and the once-a-month Spiritual Leader of the Greater Washington Connecticut Coalition for Jewish Life.

Rivka Haut
Rivka Haut

Rivka Haut is an Orthodox feminist activist. She has co-edited, with Rabbi Susan Grossman, Daughters of the King: Women and the Synagogue (JPS, 1992) and, with Phyllis Chesler, Women of the Wall: Claiming Sacred Ground at Judaism’s Holy Site (Jewish Lights, 2003).

Nicole Hollander
Nicole Hollander

Nicole Hollander is the creator and writer of the syndicated cartoon strip Sylvia, which appears in over 40 newspapers nationwide. Hollander’s cartoons have been collected and published in 16 books. In addition to writing and illustrating, she currently teaches a course in conceptual illustration at Columbia College in Chicago.

Belda Lindenbaum
Belda Lindenbaum

Belda Kaufman Lindenbaum is President of the board of Drisha Institute for Women in New York City and Vice-President of the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance. She is also a board member of Ramaz Day School and Bar Ilan University.

Alix Kates Shulman
Alix Kates Shulman

Alix Kates Shulman was born in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1932. At age 20, she moved to New York City to study philosophy and mathematics. In the 1960s, she became a political activist and writer.

Marcia Cohn Spiegel
Marcia Cohn Spiegel

Marcia Cohn Spiegel was born in Chicago on October 16, 1927, and earned a B.A. in psychology from Rockford College in 1949. She was an active volunteer in her suburban community and synagogue until two simultaneous awakenings changed the course of her life: she discovered how few women were included in Jewish texts and anthologies, and at the same time she was forced to acknowledge that her husband was an alcoholic.

Politics

Joyce Antler
Joyce Antler

Joyce Antler is the Samuel Lane Professor of American Jewish History and Culture at Brandeis University, where she teaches in the American Studies Department. She is the author of The Journey Home: How Jewish Women Shaped Modern America and the editor of America and I: Short Stories by American Jewish Women Writers and Talking Back: Images of Jewish Women in American Popular Culture.

Marla Brettschneider
Marla Brettschneider

Marla Brettschneider is a Political Philosopher with a joint appointment in Political Science and Women’s Studies at the University of New Hampshire, where she also coordinates the Queer Studies program.

Sonia Pressman Fuentes
Sonia Pressman Fuentes

Sonia Pressman Fuentes graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Cornell University in 1950 and first in her class at the University of Miami School of Law in 1957. She had a 36-year career as an attorney and executive with the federal government and multinational corporations.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Ruth Bader Ginsburg was born in 1933 in Brooklyn, NY. She earned a scholarship to Cornell, where she graduated first in her class. She attended Harvard and then Columbia Law Schools, making Law Review at each and again graduating at the top of her class.

Diana Mara Henry
Diana Mara Henry

Diana Mara Henry has spent her professional life documenting heroic individuals and milestone events on the cutting edge of social change, using photography and the written word to communicate values of freedom and dignity for all living beings.

Madeleine Kunin
Madeleine Kunin

Madeleine Kunin was born in Switzerland and immigrated to the U.S. in 1940. She began her political career as a state legislator, and then became the first woman Governor of her home state, Vermont. She is the only woman to have served three terms as governor of a state.

Ann Lewis
Ann Lewis

Ann Lewis, Director of Communications for HILLPAC and Friends of Hillary, served in the White House from 1997–2000 as Director of Communications and then Counselor to President Bill Clinton. She was Director of Communications and Deputy Campaign Manager for the Clinton-Gore Re-Election Campaign in 1995-1996, and Senior Advisor to the campaign of Hillary Rodham Clinton for U.S. Senate in 2000.

Ruth Messinger
Ruth Messinger

Ruth W. Messinger is the President and Executive Director of American Jewish World Service (AJWS), a not-for-profit organization that works to alleviate poverty, hunger, and disease in the developing world and build Jewish life in Russia and the Ukraine.

Joan Roth
Joan Roth

Joan Roth is a photographer whose work has been published and exhibited throughout the world. Her passion lies in visually conveying the grandeur of ordinary women. Born and reared in Detroit, Joan Roth came to New York in 1962. During the early years of the women’s movement, she was part of several important consciousness-raising groups in East Hampton, New York, and in New York City, and started other groups across the country.

Gloria Steinem
Gloria Steinem

Gloria Steinem is one of the most influential writers, lecturers, editors, and activists of our time. She travels worldwide as a lecturer and feminist organizer, and is a frequent media spokeswoman on issues of equality.

Nina Totenberg
Nina Totenberg

Nina Totenberg is National Public Radio’s award-winning legal affairs correspondent. Her reports air regularly on NPR’s critically acclaimed newsmagazines All Things Considered, Morning Edition, and Weekend Edition. She is also a regular panelist on Inside Washington, a weekly syndicated public affairs television program produced in the nation’s capital.

Sexuality

Ellen DuBois
Ellen DuBois

Ellen Carol DuBois is a Professor of History at UCLA. She was an early activist in feminism’s second wave, working during her graduate school years with the Chicago Women’s Liberation Union. Her work as an historian focuses on the history of political feminism, especially the struggle for the vote.

Joan Nestle
Joan Nestle

Joan Nestle was born in 1940 in the Bronx. She became involved in grassroots activism at a young age, protesting against the House Un-American Activities Committee, the Vietnam War, segregation, and apartheid, and supporting civil rights, women’s rights, and Gay Liberation.

Spirituality & Ritual

E.M. Broner
E.M. Broner

E.M. Broner, Ph.D., Professor Emerita, is the author of ten books, including The Women's Haggadah; Weave of Women; The Telling: The Story of a Group of Jewish Women Who Journey to Spirituality through Community and Ceremony; and Mornings and Mourning: A Kaddish Journal.

Nina Beth Cardin
Nina Beth Cardin

Rabbi Nina Beth Cardin is the Director of Jewish Life at the JCC of Greater Baltimore. Ordained at the Jewish Theological Seminary in 1988, Rabbi Cardin then served the Seminary in numerous capacities, including Assistant to the Vice Chancellor, Special Assistant to the Chancellor and Visiting Lecturer in Theology. Rabbi Cardin is also Editor of Sh'ma: a journal of Jewish responsibility.

Kim Chernin
Kim Chernin

After a moment’s thought, I know: I come from a Russian-Jewish, Marxist family that had set aside its practice of Judaism. I didn’t even realize until long after he was dead that my father, who was born to an Orthodox family, had been a bar mitzvah and as an adult still read Hebrew. I have had to discover Judaism on my own, educate myself, and learn what it means to be a Jewish woman who worships Shekhinah (the feminine presence of God). I am proud of this accomplishment. I am a Jewish writer. What more is there to say?

Tamara Cohen
Tamara Cohen

Tamara Cohen is a Jewish feminist writer, activist and educator. She currently works as the Director of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Affairs at the University of Florida and the once-a-month Spiritual Leader of the Greater Washington Connecticut Coalition for Jewish Life.

Rachel Cowan
Rachel Cowan

Rachel Cowan is the Executive Director of the Institute for Jewish Spirituality. She was previously the Program Director for Jewish Life at the Nathan Cummings Foundation. Cowan earned her B.A. from Bryn Mawr College and Master’s degrees from the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration and Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, where she was also ordained as a rabbi in 1989.

Marcia Falk
Marcia Falk

Marcia Falk is a poet, translator, and liturgist, who has been a professor of literature and creative writing at SUNY Binghamton, the Claremont Colleges, and Hebrew Union College. She is the author of The Book of Blessings, a bilingual re-creation of Jewish prayer in poetic forms, written from a nonhierarchical, gender-inclusive perspective.

Merle Feld
Merle Feld

Merle Feld, poet and playwright, was born and raised in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, in an assimilated family. In college her curiosity about Jewish life and her desire to find a community drew Feld to Hillel, where she found a deep and enduring connection to Judaism and Jewish life.

Debbie Friedman
Debbie Friedman

Debbie Friedman was a singer, songwriter, and guitarist, who recorded more than 20 albums. Friedman’s music is living Judaism, teaching children and adults to love prayers that might otherwise have remained strings of foreign words, unrelated to their lives.

Sally Gottesman
Sally Gottesman

Sally Gottesman’s bat mitzvah experience influenced almost all areas of her adult life – it made her believe that change was possible in the Jewish community, and today she is a management consultant to not-for-profit organizations, working primarily in the Jewish community with organizations such as American Jewish World Service, Tzedek Hillel, and The Hebrew Free Loan Society.

Gloria Greenfield
Gloria Greenfield

Gloria Z. Greenfield has served as director of the Adult Learning Collaborative: A Program of Combined Jewish Philanthropies and Hebrew College since 2001. One of the key programs in the Collaborative is the Jewish Women's Studies initiative, which brings the leading Jewish feminist scholars from North America, Europe, and Israel to Boston.

Lori Lefkovitz
Lori Lefkovitz

Lori Hope Lefkovitz is the Sadie Gottesman and Arlene Gottesman Reff Professor of Gender and Judaism at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College and Director of Kolot: The Center for Jewish Women's and Gender Studies. Kolot has a scholarly agenda as well as a mission to deliver the fruits of the academy to living Judaism.

Deena Metzger
Deena Metzger

Deena Metzger is a novelist, poet, essayist, ritual practitioner, spiritual teacher, and healer. She works with physicians and trains healers in the creative, political, spiritual, environmental, and ethical aspects of healing. Her exuberant Warrior poster illustrates the triumph over breast cancer.

Marge Piercy
Marge Piercy

Marge Piercy is the author of 17 novels including the New York Times Bestseller Gone To Soldiers, the national bestseller The Longings of Women, and the classic Woman on the Edge of Time; 17 volumes of poetry; and the critically acclaimed memoir Sleeping with Cats.

Judith Plaskow
Judith Plaskow

Judith Plaskow is Professor of Religious Studies at Manhattan College and a Jewish feminist theologian. Co-founder and for ten years co-editor of the Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion, she is author or editor of several works in feminist theology, including Standing Again at Sinai: Judaism from a Feminist Perspective.

Savina Teubal
Savina Teubal

Savina Teubal was an accomplished biblical scholar and the founding president of Sarah’s Tent: Sheltering Creative Jewish Spirituality. Sarah’s Tent is an organization that offers Shabbat dinners, retreats, classes, and holiday festivities such as Pesach seders and Rosh Chodesh gatherings.

Ruth Weisberg
Ruth Weisberg

Ruth Weisberg is Dean of Fine Arts at the University of Southern California. As an artist, Weisberg works primarily in painting, drawing, and large-scale installations. A particularly active exhibitor, she has had over 70 solo and 160 group exhibitions.

Women's Conferences

Adler, Rachel - still image [media]
Rachel Adler

Rachel Adler is Professor of Modern Jewish Thought and Judaism and Gender at Hebrew Union College-Los Angeles. She was one of the first theologians to integrate feminist perspectives and concerns into the interpretation of Jewish texts and the renewal of Jewish law and ethics.

Shifra Bronznick
Shifra Bronznick

Shifra Bronznick is the founder of Bronznick & Co., LLC, a change management firm that specializes in launching new initiatives, restructuring organizations, and developing programs for the not-for-profit sector. An expert in the field of leadership and women’s advancement, Bronznick is the founding President of “Advancing Women Professionals and the Jewish Community

Barbara Dobkin
Barbara Dobkin

Barbara Dobkin is the Founding Chair of the Jewish Women’s Archive’s Board of Directors. She is also the founder and Chair of Ma’yan: The Jewish Women’s Project of the JCC in Manhattan and Chair of the Board of The Hadassah Foundation.

Ellen DuBois
Ellen DuBois

Ellen Carol DuBois is a Professor of History at UCLA. She was an early activist in feminism’s second wave, working during her graduate school years with the Chicago Women’s Liberation Union. Her work as an historian focuses on the history of political feminism, especially the struggle for the vote.

Blu Greenberg
Blu Greenberg

Author and lecturer Blu Greenberg has published widely on contemporary issues of feminism, Orthodoxy, and the Jewish family, as well as on other subjects of scholarly interest. Amidst a myriad of public roles, she chaired the first and second International Conferences on Feminism and Orthodoxy in 1997 and 1998 and is founding president of JOFA, the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance.

Gloria Greenfield
Gloria Greenfield

Gloria Z. Greenfield has served as director of the Adult Learning Collaborative: A Program of Combined Jewish Philanthropies and Hebrew College since 2001. One of the key programs in the Collaborative is the Jewish Women's Studies initiative, which brings the leading Jewish feminist scholars from North America, Europe, and Israel to Boston.

Diana Mara Henry
Diana Mara Henry

Diana Mara Henry has spent her professional life documenting heroic individuals and milestone events on the cutting edge of social change, using photography and the written word to communicate values of freedom and dignity for all living beings.

Cheryl Moch
Cheryl Moch

Cheryl Moch was a founding board member of the Jewish Feminist Organization (JFO). She is a writer and playwright, living in New York City with her daughter Hannah. Her play, “Cinderella, the Real True Story,” which celebrates gay marriage, has been performed around the world.

Sheryl Baron Nestel
Sheryl Baron Nestel

Sheryl Nestel grew up in Los Angeles and received her undergraduate education at UCLA, where she was the editor of Ha’Am, the first Jewish student newspaper funded by a public university. She was also a founder of the UCLA Women’s Liberation Front and an active member of the Jewish Radical Community.

Women's Health

Joyce Antler
Joyce Antler

Joyce Antler is the Samuel Lane Professor of American Jewish History and Culture at Brandeis University, where she teaches in the American Studies Department. She is the author of The Journey Home: How Jewish Women Shaped Modern America and the editor of America and I: Short Stories by American Jewish Women Writers and Talking Back: Images of Jewish Women in American Popular Culture.

Heather Booth
Heather Booth

Heather Booth has been building and consulting with large-scale volunteer efforts for 40 years. In 1963, at Yad Vashem in Israel, she made a commitment that in the face of injustice, she would work for justice/tikkun olam.

Susan Brownmiller
Susan Brownmiller

When Susan Brownmiller left Cornell University, she was determined to be a Broadway actress. Quite accidentally, she started working in editorial jobs for magazines. Brownmiller was profoundly influenced by the Southern sit-in movement to end lunch counter segregation that began in February 1960. She joined CORE, organized a picket line in front of a New York Woolworth's, and became a political activist.

Phyllis Chesler
Phyllis Chesler

Dr. Phyllis Chesler is an Emerita Professor of Psychology and Women's Studies, a psychotherapist, and an expert courtroom witness. She has lectured and organized political, legal, religious, and human rights campaigns in the United States and in Canada, Europe, the Middle East, and the Far East.

Eve Ensler
Eve Ensler

Eve Ensler is the Obie-Award-winning author of The Vagina Monologues, a play based on Ensler’s interviews with more than 200 women. With humor and grace, the piece celebrates women’s sexuality and strength.

Nancy Miriam Hawley
Nancy Miriam Hawley

Nancy Miriam Hawley is a founder of the Boston Women's Health Book Collective, Inc., the organization responsible for writing the best seller Our Bodies, Ourselves (New York: Simon and Schuster, 1972; translated into 18 languages), a book that shifted the national and international dialogue about women's health, sexuality, and power.

Deena Metzger
Deena Metzger

Deena Metzger is a novelist, poet, essayist, ritual practitioner, spiritual teacher, and healer. She works with physicians and trains healers in the creative, political, spiritual, environmental, and ethical aspects of healing. Her exuberant Warrior poster illustrates the triumph over breast cancer.

Barbara Seaman
Barbara Seaman

In 1960, Barbara Seaman introduced a new style of health reporting that centered on the patient. She was first to reveal that women lacked the information to make informed decisions on contraception, childbirth, even breast-feeding.

Catherine Steiner-Adair
Catherine Steiner-Adair

Catherine Steiner-Adair is a clinical psychologist, school consultant, author, and teacher whose professional life is devoted to working with kids, parents, and schools. Her clinical work and research in the areas of girls’ development and understanding, treating, and preventing eating disorders is internationally recognized.

Women Rabbis

Nina Beth Cardin
Nina Beth Cardin

Rabbi Nina Beth Cardin is the Director of Jewish Life at the JCC of Greater Baltimore. Ordained at the Jewish Theological Seminary in 1988, Rabbi Cardin then served the Seminary in numerous capacities, including Assistant to the Vice Chancellor, Special Assistant to the Chancellor and Visiting Lecturer in Theology. Rabbi Cardin is also Editor of Sh'ma: a journal of Jewish responsibility.

Dianne Cohler-Esses
Dianne Cohler-Esses

Dianne Cohler-Esses is the first woman from the Syrian Jewish community in Brooklyn to become a rabbi, ordained by the Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) in 1995. She currently serves as Scholar In Residence at UJA Federation in New York.

Amy Eilberg
Amy Eilberg

Rabbi Amy Eilberg is the first woman ordained as a Conservative rabbi by the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. She was a co-founder of the Bay Area Jewish Healing Center, where she directed the Jewish Hospice Care Program.

Paula Hyman
Paula Hyman

Paula E. Hyman, a founding member of Ezrat Nashim, was the Lucy Moses Professor of Modern Jewish History at Yale University and president of the American Academy of Jewish Research. She also served as the first female dean of the Seminary College of Jewish Studies at the Jewish Theological Seminary.

Francine Klagsbrun
Francine Klagsbrun

Francine Klagsbrun is an author, editor, and columnist, who often writes and lectures on women’s issues. Her column, “Thinking Aloud,” appears monthly in The Jewish Week, and she has contributed articles to such national publications as the New York Times and Newsday.

Sharon Kleinbaum
Sharon Kleinbaum

Sharon Kleinbaum has been Senior Rabbi of New York City’s Congregation Beth Simchat Torah (CBST) since 1992. Under her leadership, CBST has become an important voice in Judaism, in the world-wide discourse on the nature of religious community, and in the movement to secure basic civil rights for gay people everywhere.

Sally Priesand
Sally Priesand

Sally J. Priesand, America’s first female rabbi, was ordained in Cincinnati, Ohio, on June 3, 1972, by Dr. Alfred Gottschalk, President of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR).

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