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Profiles

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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Helen Louise Cohen
Helen Louise Cohen

Helen Louise Cohen made modern and classic plays more accessible to high school students around the country through her widely used anthologies.

March 17, 1882
New York, New York
United States
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Natalie Cohen

A lifelong lover of tennis, Natalie Cohen made her mark on the sport as both an athlete and a trusted referee.

June 9, 1912
Atlanta, Georgia
United States
Elizabeth D.A. Cohen
Elizabeth D. A. Cohen

Called a midwife and a “doctoress,” as she fought for the respect of her colleagues, Elizabeth D. A. Cohen became the first woman doctor recognized by the state of Louisiana and battled to save patients from two epidemics of yellow fever.

February 22, 1820
New York, New York
United States
Audrey Cohen

Audrey Cohen founded both a college and an organization to create paraprofessional jobs based on her belief that learning is a lifelong activity and that students learn best when they can apply their knowledge in the world.

May 14, 1931
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
United States
Jessica Cohen

Jessie Cohen served as editor of the Jewish Review and Observer for most of her life, maintaining an important resource for Jews in the city of Cleveland.

July 11, 1869
Cleveland, Ohio
United States
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Rosalie Cohen

A lifelong Zionist, Rosalie Cohen worked to promote Jewish culture and education both on a national level and locally in New Orleans.

May 27, 1910
New Orleans, Louisiana
United States
Pamela Cohen
Pamela Cohen

Called “the general of a fighting army” by jailed dissident Natan Sharansky, Pamela Cohen rescued countless refuseniks from Soviet Russia with her grassroots efforts.

1943
Oak Park, Illinois
United States
Nina Morais Cohen
Nina Morais Cohen

Nina Morais Cohen organized the Jewish women’s community of Minneapolis as a force for women’s suffrage, community service, and scholarship.

December 6, 1855
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
United States
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Barbara Cohen

In children’s books like Molly’s Pilgrim, Barbara Cohen confronted taboo subjects of assimilation, racism, and cancer with both sensitivity and remarkable honesty.

March 15, 1932
Asbury Park, New Jersey
United States
Katherine M. Cohen
Katherine M. Cohen

Defying biblical prohibitions against graven images, Katherine M. Cohen created sculptures that explored Jewish themes and earned respect in both American and European circles.

March 18, 1859
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
United States
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Rose Gollup Cohen

Through her moving 1918 autobiography, Out of the Shadow, Rose Gollup Cohen offered a vivid account of her life as an immigrant Jewish woman in the sweatshops of New York.

April 4, 1880
Belarus
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Yardena Cohen

Incorporating biblical themes and Sephardic music into her dances, Yardena Cohen helped create a uniquely Israeli artistic culture.

July 1, 1910
Wadi Nisnas
Israel
Selma Jeanne Cohen cover
Selma Jeanne Cohen

Selma Jeanne Cohen transformed the field of dance by giving critics and historians the language to discuss the nuances of performance and choreography.

September 18, 1920
Chicago, Illinois
United States
Elaine Lustig Cohen

Elaine Lustig Cohen was at the forefront of graphic design and marketing with her modernist combinations of typography and photomontage.

March 6, 1927
Jersey City, New Jersey
United States
Dianne Cohler-Esses
Dianne Cohler-Esses

Dianne Cohler-Esses broke new ground as not only the first woman from the Syrian-Jewish community to become a rabbi, but also the first non-Orthodox rabbi from that community.

Brooklyn, New York
United States
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Fannia M. Cohn

Fannia M. Cohn led one of the largest trade unions in the US, but clashed with male leadership for years over her belief in the importance of creating independent institutions to educate workers.

1885
Kletzk
Belarus
Felice Cohn

Felice Cohn was one of Nevada’s first women lawyers and the fourth woman permitted to argue before the US Supreme Court.

May 14, 1884
Carson City, Nevada
United States
Linda Cohn

Linda Cohn broke barriers in 1981 when she became one of the first female sportscasters in America.

November 10, 1959
Long Island, New York
United States
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Mildred Cohn

Biochemist Mildred Cohn used new technology to measure organic reactions in living cells.

July 13, 1913
New York, New York
United States
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Betty Comden

Betty Comden wrote lyrics and librettos for enduring and beloved musicals like Singin’ in the Rain and Peter Pan, winning some of the industry’s highest honors.

May 3, 1917
New York, New York
United States
Claribel Cone, Gertrude Stein, and Etta Cone
Etta Cone

With her sister Claribel, Etta Cone amassed one of the largest private art collections in the world, becoming a major supporter of artists like Matisse and Picasso.

November 30, 1870
Jonesboro, Tennessee
United States
Molly Cone
Molly Cone

Molly Lamken Cone produced more than forty children’s books in her career, ranging from young adult novels to introductions to Judaism for younger readers.

October 3, 1918
Tacoma, Washington
United States
Claribel Cone, Gertrude Stein, and Etta Cone
Claribel Cone

Claribel Cone made contributions to two vastly different fields as a biologist and a patron of modern French art.

November 14, 1864
Richmond, Virginia
United States
Adrienne Cooper
Adrienne Cooper

Adrienne Cooper played a critical role in the revival of Yiddish music as founder of the Yiddish Folk Arts Program (KlezKamp), a group that brought together musicians, linguists, and anthropologists to recover the tradition of Klezmer.

September 1, 1946
Oakland, California
United States
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Lillian Copeland

Lillian Copeland was the epitome of a strong woman with a remarkable career, first as a record-setting Olympic medalist and later as an officer in the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department.

November 25, 1904
New York, New York
United States

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