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Profiles

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Date of Birth
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Vicki Gabriner
Vicki Gabriner

As a radical activist for civil rights, feminism, and an end to the Vietnam War, Vicki Gabriner risked her life to transform the country at a time of tremendous upheaval.

1942
Brooklyn, New York
United States
Barbara Gaffin and Ethiopian boy
Barbara Gaffin

Barbara Gaffin brought international attention to the desperate circumstances of Ethiopian Jews and helped whole communities flee to Israel.

1954
Dorchester, Massachusetts
United States
Roberta Galler
Roberta Galler

Roberta Galler’s work for the Congressional Challenge marked a landmark civil rights effort, using six hundred depositions that blacks had been prevented from voting in the 1964 congressional election as evidence that the election was unconstitutional.

1936
Chicago, Illinois
United States
Loren Galler Rabinowitz
Loren Galler-Rabinowitz

A champion in two very different fields, Loren Galler-Rabinowitz took home the bronze medal for ice dancing in 2004, then competed in the 2011 Miss America Pageant as Miss Massachusetts.

January 19, 1986
Boston, Massachusetts
United States
Mamie Gamoran

Mamie Goldsmith Gamoran chose to combat assimilation in America by writing children’s books on Jewish history and holidays that encouraged children to feel proud of their dual identities as Jews and Americans.

January 17, 1900
Long Island City, New York
United States
Annabelle Gamson

Annabelle Gamson’s performances of Isadora Duncan’s choreography were remarkable both in their own right and for the fact that Gamson performed them in her forties, at an age when most dancers chose to retire.

August 6, 1928
Bronx, New York
United States
Bird Stein Gans
Bird Stein Gans

At a time when ideas about childrearing were mainly shaped by philosophers like Plato or Rousseau with little actual research on child development, Bird Stein Gans cofounded and led the Society for the Study of Child Nature to better educate parents.

May 29, 1868
Allegheny, Pennsylvania
United States
Helene Gans

A firm believer in the importance of government regulations in protecting citizens, Helene Gans advocated for minimum wage laws, consumer protection, and relief for victims of WWII.

December 27, 1893
Chicago, Illinois
United States
Roz Garber
Roz Garber

Roz Garber evaded the KGB to bring hope to refuseniks in the USSR.

1950
Toronto
Canada
Evelyn Garfiel

Evelyn Garfiel’s Jewish scholarship on topics like the prayer book and the Hebrew language helped make Jewish study accessible to the broader public.

June 10, 1900
New York, New York
United States
Cindy Gats
Cindy Gats

Gats served in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm in the US Marine Corps.

Queens, New York
United States
Ruth Gay

Through her writing, Ruth Glazer Gay captured an engaging view of the Jewish community, both past and present.

October 19, 1922
New York, New York
United States
Hilda Geiringer

A brilliant mathematician who did groundbreaking work in Europe, Hilda Geiringer was stalled in her professional career after immigrating to the US, where her gender and her age became serious liabilities.

September 28, 1893
Vienna
Austria
Elisabeth Rozetta Geleerd

Elizabeth Rozetta Geleerd’s work on extreme psychological conditions like amnesia and schizophrenia led to new methods for treating seriously disturbed children and adolescents.

March 20, 1909
Rotterdam
Netherlands
Geller, Laura - still image [media]
Laura Geller

As one of the first women rabbis, Laura Geller pushed for women’s greater inclusion in both Jewish liturgy and Jewish leadership.

April 21, 1950
Brookline, Massachusetts
United States
Deena Gerber
Deena Gerber

A seasoned social worker and executive director of Jewish Family Service of Greater New Orleans, Deena Gerber helped residents put their lives back together in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

New Orleans, Louisiana
United States
Berta Gersten

Regal and soft-spoken, Berta Gersten graced the Yiddish stage for decades, playing a wide range of leading roles to great critical acclaim.

1896
Cracow
Poland
Temima Gezari

Temima Gezari made a lasting impact on Jewish education through her vivid artwork and illustrations of children’s books as well as her many years of teaching pedagogy.

December 21, 1905
Pinsk
Russia
Gidali, Marika - still image [media]
Marika Gidali

A passionate dancer, Marika Gidali used the more theatrical elements of dance to communicate the history and current struggles of her adopted homeland, Brazil.

April 29, 1937
Budapest
Hungary
Miriam Gideon

Miriam Gideon took inspiration for her compositions from great poetry and Jewish prayers, earning acclaim as the second woman inducted into the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters in 1976.

October 23, 1906
Greeley, Colorado
United States
Gabrielle Giffords, U.S. Congresswoman
Gabrielle Giffords

A “Blue Dog” (conservative) Democrat with a gift for cultivating friendships and alliances on both sides of the aisle, Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords fought to recover from a 2011 shooting and became a gun control activist.

June 8, 1970
Tucson, Arizona
United States
Ruth Gikow

Ruth Gikow’s figurative paintings and murals offered her a means to comment on society and urban life.

January 16, 1915
Ukraine
Susan Brandeis Gilbert

The daughter of Supreme Court Justice Louis D. Brandeis, Susan Brandeis Gilbert became one of the first women attorneys to argue a case before the Supreme Court.

February 27, 1893
Boston, Massachusetts
United States
Melissa Gilbert 1975
Melissa Gilbert

After a highly successful decade as the lead on Little House on the Prairie, Melissa Gilbert defied the odds for child actors by becoming a Hollywood power-broker as president of the Screen Actors Guild from 2001–2005.

May 8, 1964
Los Angeles, California
United States
Beverly Pepper and Carol Gilligan
Carol Gilligan

Arguing that men and women can have equal rights and still have fundamentally different perspectives, Carol Gilligan founded “difference feminism” and transformed the field of psychology.

November 28, 1936
New York, New York
United States

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