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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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Date of Birth
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Mary Jacqueline Fabian

Mary Jacqueline Fabian brought opera to those who might not otherwise hear it, from directing an opera company in Birmingham, Alabama to running education and enrichment programs for a quarter of a million children in postwar Europe.

July 7, 1900
Sioux City, Iowa
United States
Claire Fagin

Claire Fagin’s groundbreaking studies on parents and children changed hospital practices around the country long before her term as the first female interim president of an Ivy League university opened new possibilities for women in academia.

November 25, 1926
New York, New York
United States
Ruth Fainlight

Ruth Fainlight’s poetry interweaves her feminism and elements of Judaism with highly symbolic language.

May 2, 1931
New York, New York
United States
Minna Regina Falk

Witnessing the liberation of concentration camps at the end of WWII drove Minna Regina Falk to make sense of the war by placing it in the larger context of German history.

1900
Marcia Falk
Marcia Falk

Marcia Falk transformed the art of prayer with feminist blessings and modern translations of ancient writing.

September 20, 1946
New York, New York
United States
Ruth Lewis Farkas

Ruth Lewis Farkas’s remarkable and varied career ranged from creating a retail chain that survived the Great Depression to teaching sociology to running international education initiatives.

December 20, 1906
New York, New York
United States
Sara Rivka Feder-Keyfitz

A childhood friend of Golda Meir, Sara Feder-Keyfitz grew up to be a significant Zionist and feminist leader in her own right.

October 31, 1900
Poland
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Jessica Feingold

Jessica Feingold devoted her career to transforming the grand ideas of Louis Finkelstein, chancellor of the Jewish Theological Seminary, into practical reality.

December 28, 1910
New Orleans, Louisiana
United States
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Dianne Feinstein

Dianne Feinstein made a career of political firsts, as first female gubernatorial candidate and first female senator for the state of California.

June 22, 1933
San Francisco, California
United States
Merle Feld, 2010
Merle Feld

Both through her writing and in her work with Israeli-Palestinian dialogue groups, Merle Feld supported the difficult and delicate struggle to make peace in the Middle East.

1947
Brooklyn, New York
United States
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Sandra Feldman

Sandra Feldman dedicated her career to protecting the rights of educators as the first woman president of both New York City’s Union Federation of Teachers (UFT) and the American Federation of Teachers (AFT).

October 14, 1939
New York, New York
United States
Mary Arbitman Fellman

As a historian, a journalist, a community leader, and a matchmaker, Mary Arbitman Fellman cared for the past, present, and future of the Jewish community in Omaha.

March 2, 1917
Omaha, Nebraska
United States
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Mary Fels

Mary Fels used her wealth and her talents as a writer and editor to further the Zionist cause, arguing passionately for a Jewish state and helping create both settlements and industry in Israel.

March 10, 1863
Sembach
Germany
Edna Ferber
Edna Ferber

In her novels, short stories, and plays, Edna Ferber captured the rich variety of life in America, from the Mississippi River in Show Boat to the wilds of Alaska in Ice Palace.

August 15, 1885
Kalamazoo, Michigan
United States
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Bobbi Fiedler

Roberta “Bobbi” Fiedler felt driven by the Holocaust to oppose government regulation of citizens’ lives, leading her to a career as a Republican congresswoman.

April 22, 1937
Santa Monica, California
United States
Dorothy Fields and Arthur Schwartz
Dorothy Fields

Dorothy Fields wrote songs for a wide variety of musicals that became dearly loved classics of American culture, from “Hey Big Spender” to “A Fine Romance” and “The Way You Look Tonight,” which won an Academy Award in 1936.

July 15, 1905
Allenhurst, New Jersey
United States
Irene Fine

Faced with a mandatory internship for her PhD but nowhere she could actually practice Jewish feminist scholarship, Irene Fine created the innovative Woman’s Institute for Continuing Jewish Education in 1977.

April 22, 1936
Wadena, Minnesota
United States
Sylvia Fine

Even after their separation in 1947, Sylvia Fine collaborated with her husband, Danny Kaye, creating playful, complex songs to support his effervescent performances on screen.

August 29, 1913
Brooklyn, New York
United States
Rosa Fineberg

Rosa Edelhurst Fineberg kept detailed records of her work as a midwife that shed light on the lives of Jewish immigrants at the turn of the century.

Russia
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June Finer

June Finer took part in civil rights protests during Freedom Summer through the Medical Committee for Human Rights, beginning a long career at the intersection of medicine and activism.

1935
London
United Kingdom
Rita Sapiro Finkler

Rita Sapiro Finkler was a pioneer in the field of endocrinology, making important discoveries about the role hormones play in pregnancy, menopause, and other aspects of women’s health.

November 1, 1888
Kherson
Ukraine
Shulamith Firestone

In The Dialectic of Sex, Shulamith Firestone argued that women’s liberation would require a radical rethinking of sexual mechanics, pregnancy, and gender roles.

January 13, 1945
Ottowa, Ontario
Canada
Edith Fisch

Edith Fisch literally wrote the book on evidence, a text regularly cited by judges and used in law schools throughout New York. Confined to a wheelchair by a childhood bout of polio, Fisch hit a literal roadblock in her ambitions to become a chemist: all the available graduate schools had stairs.

March 3, 1923
New York, New York
United States
Jane Brass Fischel

Jane Brass Fischel created and led organizations to support Jews of all ages, from the Hebrew Children’s Home for orphans to the Home of the Daughters of Jacob, an elder care facility.

March 21, 1865
Russia
Ruth E. Fizdale

Ruth E. Fizdale helped transform social work from a charitable volunteer activity to a paid profession through her development of a fee-for-service, nonprofit counseling firm.

January 6, 1908
Chicago, Illinois
United States

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