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People

Browse this section for short profiles of some of the thousands of Jewish women found throughout jwa.org. We will be adding new profiles to this section regularly and welcome your suggestions for women to add.

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Lina Abarbanell
Lina Abarbanell

Lina Abarbanell’s expressive voice inspired more than one light opera, but even after she retired from the stage, her talent for casting and directing other performers shaped powerful performances like the world tour of Porgy and Bess.

January 3, 1879
Berlin
Germany
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Rosalie Silberman Abella

Rosalie Silberman Abella’s early experiences as a refugee fueled her dedication to justice and led her to become the first Jewish woman elected to the Supreme Court of Canada.

July 1, 1946
Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg
Germany
Dina Abramowicz

After surviving the Holocaust, Dina Abramowicz reconstituted her rich cultural heritage as the formidable head librarian of the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research.

May 8, 1909
Vilna
Lithuania
Ruth Abrams
Ruth Abrams

The first woman to serve on the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, Ruth Abrams upheld the rights of women and minorities throughout her career.

1930
Newton, Massachusetts
United States
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Bella Abzug

A formidable leader of the women’s movement, Bella Abzug fought to pass the Equal Rights Amendment and other vital legislation for the rights of women. During her three terms in Congress, she advocated for groundbreaking bills including the Equal Rights Amendment and crucial support of Title IX.

July 24, 1920
Bronx, New York
United States
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Paula Ackerman

After the death of her rabbi husband, Paula Ackerman took over leadership of their congregation with the enthusiastic support of her community.

December 7, 1893
Pensacola, Florida
United States
Racie Adler

Racie Friedenwald Adler helped shape a number of Jewish institutions, most significantly the Women’s League For Conservative Judaism.

August 5, 1872
Baltimore, Maryland
United States
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Rachel Adler

As a theologian, a committed Jew, and a pioneer of the Jewish feminist movement, Rachel Adler challenged her religion from within.

July 2, 1943
Chicago, Illinois
United States
Polly Adler

Notorious for her connections with gangsters at the height of Prohibition, Polly Adler fought to become “the best goddam madam in all America.”

April 16, 1900
Yanow, Brest voblast
Belarus
Sara Adler

In her powerful performances of plays ranging from Shakespeare’s tragedies to A Doll’s House, Sara Adler helped elevate the possibilities of Yiddish theater.

1858
Odessa, Odesa
Ukraine
Barbara Ochs Adler

Barbara Ochs Adler pursued her commitment to Jewish and civic causes through her leadership of organizations ranging from child services to criminal justice and prison reform associations.

January 14, 1903
San Francisco, California
United States
Stella Adler
Stella Adler

As an actress and a teacher, Stella Adler transformed a generation of American actors though her understanding of Method acting.

February 10, 1902
New York, New York
United States
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Celia Adler

Celia Adler won acclaim and success in the Yiddish theater world as a founding member of the Jewish Art Theater.

December 6, 1889
New York, New York
United States
Nima Adlerblum

Nima Adlerblum’s scholarship and Zionist activism helped shape worldwide perspectives about the land where she was born.

August 4, 1881
Jerusalem
Israel
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Grace Aguilar

In her short life, Grace Aguilar wrote twice as many books as Jane Austen, from popular historical romances to an introduction to Judaism that was used by both churches and synagogues.

June 2, 1816
London, London City of
United Kingdom
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Fay Ajzenberg-Selove

Fay Ajzenberg-Selove not only made significant contributions to physics, she made huge strides for women by demanding she be judged on her merits, not her gender.

February 13, 1926
Berlin
Germany
Miriam Albert

Miriam Albert helped B’nai B’rith Women transition from an auxiliary of the men’s association to an independent organization.

September 6, 1920
Chicago, Illinois
United States
Mildred Elizabeth Levine Albert

Mildred Elizabeth Levine Albert carved a niche for herself in the fashion world as the head of a modeling agency and an inventor of new kinds of fashion shows.

January 14, 1905
Russia
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Amy Alcott

Amy Alcott dedicated her life to the game of golf and spent years chasing one last, elusive win before finally making it into the World Golf Hall of Fame.

February 22, 1956
Kansas City, Missouri
United States
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Sue Alexander

Sue Alexander wove her life into the children’s books she wrote and helped create a support network for other creators as a founding board member of the international Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.

August 20, 1933
Tucson, Arizona
United States
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Beatrice Alexander

Beatrice Alexander's sharp business sense and her uncompromising attention to detail made her the most successful and best-loved doll manufacturer of her time.

March 9, 1895
Brooklyn, New York
United States
Anna Marks Allen

Anna Marks Allen helped found and run many of the first Jewish charities and social services in America.

March 30, 1800
Ossining, New York
United States
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Rose Haas Alschuler

Rose Haas Alschuler founded and directed more than twenty nursery schools and early childhood education programs before turning her attention to Zionist causes and becoming a vital fundraiser for the State of Israel.

December 17, 1887
Chicago, Illinois
United States
Joanne Alter
Joanne Alter

When she challenged Chicago politicians to put a woman’s name on the ballot, Joanne Alter never expected the name would be her own.

1927
Chicago, Illinois
United States
Sadie American

Forceful, dedicated, and brash, Sadie American shaped the National Council of Jewish Women for more than twenty years before resigning and severing all ties with the organization.

March 3, 1862
Chicago, Illinois
United States

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