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Barbara Myerhoff

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Courtesy of Sonia Press Fuentes.

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
Birth Place
Sally Mack
Sally Mack

Sally Mack raised her children with a belief in nonviolent activism, and they in turn led her to join their protest of nuclear weapons.

1933
Oil City, Pennsylvania
United States
Judith Malina
Judith Malina

Judith Malina won acclaim as an actress, a director and a producer through the experimental Living Theatre she cofounded with her husband, Julian Beck, in 1948.

June 4, 1926
Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein
Germany
Regina Margareten

Regina Margareten was hailed as the “Matzah Queen” and the “matriarch of the kosher food industry” for both her business sense and her innovations to improve the quality of her products.

December 20-25, 1863
Babolna, Komarom-Esztergom
Hungary
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Sophie Maslow

Sophie Maslow blended classical, modern, and folk traditions in her dance and choreography and drew inspiration from politics and modern folk music to create vibrant new pieces that engaged audiences in new ways.

March 22, 1911
New York, New York
United States
Susan Maze-Rothstein in her Brookline home, January 25, 2002
Susan Maze-Rothstein

Susan Maze-Rothstein’s childhood experiences of injustice led her to help create a more just world for her children and her students.

1956
Brookline, Massachusetts
United States
Golda Meir
Golda Meir

A direct, no-nonsense politician who participated in Israel’s governance from its independence onward, Golda Meir served as Israel’s first female Prime Minister through the turbulent period of the Six-Day War.

May 3, 1898
Kiev, Kiev
Ukraine
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Florence Zacks Melton

Florence Zacks Melton helped create and support important adult education programs in the Jewish community as well as secular causes.

November 11, 1911
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
United States
Adah Isaacs Menken
Adah Isaacs Menken

In her short but remarkable life, actress Adah Isaacs Menken became legendary for her scandalous defiance of convention.

1835
Milneburg, Louisiana
United States
Helen Menken
Helen Menken

Actress Helen Menken’s greatest contribution to Broadway history was her work as theatrical producer for the innovative wartime effort Stage Door Canteen, offering entertainment to servicemen and women.

December 12, 1901
New York
United States
Ruth Messinger
Ruth Messinger

As a politician, Ruth Messinger served her community, but in leading American Jewish World Service, she has found ways for her community to help repair the world.

November 6, 1940
New York, New York
United States
Deena Metzger
Deena Metzger

Deena Metzger’s iconic portrait, “The Warrior,” changed the way we look at surviving breast cancer.

September 17, 1936
Topanga, California
United States
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Annie Nathan Meyer

Believing that education was the best path for women’s success, Annie Nathan Meyer founded Barnard College, New York’s first liberal arts college for women.

February 19, 1867
New York, New York
United States
Bette Midler
Bette Midler

Unapologetically bawdy, Bette Midler used elements from earlier brassy entertainers like Sophie Tucker in her comedy and music, but with a style that was all her own.

December 1, 1945
Honolulu, Hawaii
United States
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Miriam "Mimi" Miller

Miriam “Mimi” Miller resisted her family’s notions of the proper life for a nice Jewish girl, not only training as a nurse but serving in a combat zone in the Philippines through some of the worst devastation of World War II.

Cheryl Moch
Cheryl Moch

Long before gay marriage became a reality, Cheryl Moch dared to dream a gay marriage fairy tale.

Brooklyn, New York
United States
Shelley Morhaim photo [media]
Shelley Morhaim

Shelly Morhaim brought national attention to anti-war and environmental causes through her documentary films and the use of one iconic photo.

1949
Baltimore, Maryland
United States
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Belle Moskowitz

Belle Moskowitz gained considerable power and influence as New York Governor Alfred E. Smith’s closest advisor by offering him her complete loyalty and support through his gubernatorial work and his 1928 presidential campaign.

October 5, 1877
Harlem, New York
United States
Yetta Moskowitz
Yetta Moskowitz

A pioneer of air evacuation medicine, Yetta Moskowitz received an air medal for flying over 100 hours through combat zones in New Guinea and the Philippines to evacuate wounded soldiers in World War II.

New York, New York
United States
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Barbara Myerhoff

Renowned anthropologist Barbara Myerhoff made waves when she chose to study a very different culture: her own.

February 16, 1935
Cleveland, Ohio
United States
Carmel Myers
Carmel Myers

Carmel Myers acted in over seventy films and led a production company that packaged TV and radio shows, but her most lasting contribution to Hollywood may have been her popularization of the idea of A-list and B-list celebrities.

April 9, 1900
San Francisco, California
United States
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Bess Myerson

When Bess Myerson encountered anti-Semitism as the first Jewish Miss America, she used her new-found fame to fight hatred through the Anti-Defamation League.

July 16, 1924
Bronx, New York
United States

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Jewish Women's Archive. "People." (Viewed on July 26, 2014) <http://jwa.org/people/toc/M>.

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