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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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Aline Saarinen
Aline Saarinen

Aline Saarinen’s combination of creativity and plain speaking made her an unusually engaging art critic and prompted the National Broadcasting Company to make her chief of their Paris news bureau, the first woman to hold such a position.

March 25, 1914
New York, New York
United States
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Sallyann Amdur Sack

Sallyann Amdur Sack has often been called the godmother of Jewish genealogy for creating the resources that have allowed Jews to research their heritage.

March 13, 1936
Cleveland, Ohio
United States
Eva Salber

Using the lessons she learned as a doctor in South Africa, Eva Salber worked with poor populations in Massachusetts and North Carolina to improve public health and empower community leaders.

January 5, 1916
Cape Town
South Africa
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Alice Salomon

Alice Salomon was honored as one of the founding mothers of social work in Germany for both the direct service organizations she created and her role as founding president of the International Association of Schools of Social Work.

April 19, 1872
Berlin
Germany
Jessie Sampter quotation
Jessie Ethel Sampter

Despite her disabilities from childhood polio, Jessie Ethel Sampter became a Zionist pioneer, helping found kibbutzim and becoming one of Israel’s first modern poets.

March 22, 1883
New York, New York
United States
Sheryl Sandberg
Sheryl Sandberg

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg sparked debate and controversy over women’s opportunities and hurdles in the workforce with her first book, Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead.

August 28, 1969
Washington, District Of Columbia
United States
Freyda Sanders
Freyda Sanders

Freyda Sanders trained for jobs in a number of fields, but her experience teaching girls in a juvenile detention center led her to her life’s work in adolescent psychology.

1924
Boston, Massachusetts
United States
Hannah Sandusky
Hannah Sandusky

Called “the angel” and “the saint” by her patients, midwife Hannah Sandusky was remarkable both for the sheer number of births she oversaw and for the respect that male doctors granted her for her skills.

1827
Kovno, Kaunas
Lithuania
Rabbi Sandy Sasso
Sandy Sasso

Sandy Eisenberg Sasso was the first woman rabbi ordained by the Reconstructionist movement, which was one of many firsts in her career.

1947
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
United States
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Beyle Schaechter-Gottesman

Beyle Schaechter-Gottesman bridged the old world and the new as an award-winning modern writer of Yiddish poetry.

August 7, 1920
Vienna
Austria
Bertha Schaefer

Bertha Schaefer helped pioneer a new era in interior design, creating collaborations between architects, interior designers, and craftspeople to create new homes for the post-war era.

1895
Yazoo City, Mississippi
United States
Jan Schakowsky
Jan Schakowsky

Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky has earned a reputation as a liberal progressive for her stances on issues ranging from health care to marijuana legalization.

May 26, 1944
Chicago, Illinois
United States
Alice Schalek
Alice Schalek

Alice Schalek made a name for herself as Austria’s first female war photographer during WWI and went on to a stunning career as a photojournalist and travel writer.

1874
Vienna
Austria
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Miriam Schapiro

Miriam Schapiro helped pioneer the feminist art movement, both through her own pushing of creative boundaries and by creating opportunities for other women artists.

November 15, 1923
Toronto
Canada
Mathilde Schechter
Mathilde Schechter

Mathilde Roth Schechter was both an essential support for her husband’s work as president of the Jewish Theological Seminary and a force in her own right as founder of the Women’s League.

1857
Guttentag, Silesia
Poland
Madalyn Schenk
Madalyn Schenk

Madalyn Shenk drove significant political change both in Louisiana and in the nation as a whole.

1950
Chicago, Illinois
United States
Faye Libby Schenk

Fay Libby Schenk turned down a promising career as a zoologist to devote herself to Hadassah and other Zionist organizations.

August 17, 1909
Des Moines, Iowa
United States
Dorothy Schiff

Dorothy Schiff led many lives, from debutante to social reformer, but she is best remembered as the publisher of the New York Post, the first woman to run a New York newspaper.

March 11, 1903
New York, New York
United States
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Therese Loeb Schiff

Therese Loeb Schiff used her wealth to address a wide range of needs in the Jewish community, from organizing a literary series for the wealthy to stopping sex trafficking of young immigrant women.

November 6, 1854
Cincinnati, Ohio
United States
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Martha Schlamme

Martha Schlamme rose to popularity singing Yiddish and Hebrew songs at Catskills resorts, but was best known for her interpretations of Kurt Weill’s music.

1925
Vienna
Austria
Susan Weidman Schneider
Susan Weidman Schneider

As founder and editor of Lilith magazine, Susan Weidman Schneider created a space for Jewish feminists to discuss issues that deeply affected them.

March 17, 1944
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Canada
Rose Schneiderman
Rose Schneiderman

The first woman elected to national office in a labor union and the only woman on FDR’s National Recovery Administration Labor Advisory Board, Rose Schneiderman transformed the lives of American workers.

April 16, 1882
Saven
Poland
Eva Schocken

As the daughter of Salman Schocken, founder of Schocken Books, Eva Schocken pushed the publishing company to the forefront of both education and women’s studies.

September 29, 1918
Zwickau
Germany
Julie Schonfeld
Julie Schonfeld

In 2009, Rabbi Julie Schonfeld became the first female leader of an American rabbinical organization, serving as executive vice president of the Conservative movement’s Rabbinical Assembly.

1965
New York, New York
United States
Bertha Singer Schoolman

Bertha Singer Schoolman believed so strongly in the importance of Youth Aliyah that she risked her life under fire to help bring convoys to and from kibbutzim.

December 9, 1897
New York, New York
United States

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