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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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Name & Description
Date of Birth
Birth Place
Josephine Sarah Marcus Earp
Josephine Sarah Marcus Earp

Josephine Sarah Marcus Earp led a life equally as colorful as her famous lawman husband, but struggled for the right to define her own story.

1861
Brooklyn, New York
United States
S. Deborah Ebin

The daughter of Mizrachi movement leader Rabbi Aaron M. Ashinsky, S. Deborah Ebin helped the group American Mizrachi Women rescue a staggering number of children from Europe during and after WWII.

1888
Syracuse, New York
United States
Joanna Eckstein in the USSR
Joanna Eckstein

Joanna Eckstein widened the perspective of Seattle residents both with her travel writing and as a patron of the arts who supported individual artists and museums.

1903
Seattle, Washington
United States
Lily Edelman

Lily Edelman made great contributions to multiculturalism and Jewish education through her writing and teaching.

September 2, 1915
San Francisco, California
United States
Tilly Edinger

The daughter of a respected neurologist, Tilly Edinger pioneered the study of paleoneurology through her discovery that brains left detectable imprints on the insides of skulls.

November 13, 1897
Frankfurt-am-Main
Germany
Ophira Edut
Ophira Edut

At the age of nineteen, Ophira Edut helped launch HUES, a magazine that embraced diversity and depicted young women as strong, smart, stylish, and playful.

1973
Detroit, Michigan
United States
Amy Eilberg
Amy Eilberg

The first woman rabbi ordained by the Conservative Movement, Amy Eilberg forged her own path as a chaplain and pastoral counselor.

October 12, 1954
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
United States
Hannah Bachman Einstein

Hannah Bachman Einstein’s activism and volunteer activities bridged very different worlds, from temple sisterhood leadership to lobbying and helping draft legislation for children’s welfare.

January 28, 1862
New York, New York
United States
Thelma Eisen

Thelma “Tiby” Eisen made history as one of the first female professional baseball players, and then made history more literally as a creator of an exhibit honoring her fellow players at the Baseball Hall of Fame, to ensure their triumphs were not forgotten.

May 11, 1922
Los Angeles, California
United States
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Judith Kaplan Eisenstein

The first American girl to publically celebrate a bat mitzvah, Judith Kaplan Eisenstein went on to become a Jewish educator, composer, and musicologist.

1910
Gertrude Elion
Gertrude Elion

Gertrude Elion revolutionized the ways drugs are developed and received the Nobel Prize in Medicine even though she never earned her PhD.

January 23, 1918
New York, New York
United States
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Mama Cass Elliot

A folk singer with a gift for turning formerly up-tempo tunes like “Dream a Little Dream of Me,” into unforgettable torch songs, Cass Elliot helped define the sound of her generation as a member of the Mamas and the Papas.

February 19, 1941
Baltimore, Maryland
United States
Shulamith Reich Elster

Educator, Administrator, Professor, Founder, Organizational Leader
Called the dean of Jewish education, Shulamith Reich Elster’s career ran the gamut from camp counselor to executive director of a major educational nonprofit.

May 19, 1939
Elster, Virginia
United States
Sue Levi Elwell
Sue Levi Elwell

Rabbi Sue Levi Elwell dedicated her career to creating opportunities for Jewish women to learn and take ownership of Jewish rituals.

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
United States
Katharine Engel

Katherine Engel helped the massive wave of European Jewish émigrés after WWII resettle and adjust to life in the US. Engel graduated Smith College in 1920 and did graduate work at Oxford before marrying Irving M. Engel, a human rights lawyer, in 1926.

October 27, 1898
New Haven, Connecticut
United States
Eve Ensler
Eve Ensler

Eve Ensler’s massively successful play The Vagina Monologues gave her a platform to launch V-Day, a campaign to end violence against women and girls.

May 25, 1953
New York, New York
United States
Nora Ephron headshot; back cover of Crazy Salad
Nora Ephron

Nora Ephron mined her most painful experiences to create brilliant comedies like Heartburn and When Harry Met Sally.

May 19, 1941
New York, New York
United States
Phoebe Ephron

The mother of four talented women writers, Phoebe Ephron was a full-time, professional writer with her own claims to success.

January 26, 1914
New York, New York
United States
Charlotte Epstein
Charlotte Epstein

Charlotte “Eppy” Epstein helped popularize women’s swimming and coached Olympic athletes who broke more than fifty world records.

New York, New York
United States
Judith G. Epstein

Judith G. Epstein led Hadassah through the tumultuous years of WWII, shifting its mission from building infrastructure in Palestine to establishing an internationally recognized Jewish state.

November 2, 1895
Worcester, Massachusetts
United States

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Jewish Women's Archive. "People." (Viewed on July 22, 2014) <http://jwa.org/people/toc/E>.

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