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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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Karen Berger

As executive editor for DC Comics’ Vertigo imprint, Karen Berger helped change the tone of mainstream comics, championing complex, challenging stories like Neil Gaiman’s Sandman and Alan Moore’s V for Vendetta.

February 26, 1958
Gretel Bergmann

High jumper Gretel Bergmann’s Olympic hopes were dashed when Nazi officials both refused to let her leave Germany and refused to let her compete in the 1936 Games.

December 4, 1914
Laupheim
Germany
Libbie Suchoff Berkson

Libbie Suchoff Berkson was loved by generations of campers as Aunt Libbie, director of Camp Modin for girls.

November 17, 1891
Luptsch
Belarus
Beatrice Berler

Beatrice Berler went back to school at age 45, becoming an award-winning translator of Spanish novels and history as well as an activist for adult literacy.

1915
Brooklyn, New York
United States
Fanny Berlin

One of the first Jewish women to practice medicine in the US, Fanny Berlin overcame countless obstacles to become the respected chief surgeon of a major hospital.

1852
Cherson
Ukraine
Gail Berman

Gail Berman made history as part of the youngest team of producers in Broadway history before becoming a television executive known for her genius in picking hit shows and turning failing networks around.

August 17, 1956
Brooklyn, New York
United States
Jessie Bernard

Sociologist Jessie Bernard anticipated feminist theory by discussing the differences between men’s and women’s experiences and arguing that quantitative studies did not accurately represent women’s stories.

June 8, 1903
Minneapolis, Minnesota
United States
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Anne Fleischman Bernays

Through her novels, Anne Bernays explored the Jewish experience of America, the pressures of assimilation, and the then-taboo subject of sexual harassment.

September 14, 1930
New York, New York
United States
Dorothy Lehman Bernhard

Dorothy Lehman Bernhard made great contributions to the causes that were dearest to her, including child welfare, the arts, and the Jewish community, both by overseeing more than thirty organizations and, more directly, by becoming a foster parent.

April 22, 1903
New York, New York
United States
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Sarah Bernhardt

Hailed as “the Divine Sarah” and celebrated around the world for her acting talents, Sarah Bernhardt lived as vivid a life as any character she portrayed onstage.

October 23, 1844
Paris
France
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Theresa Bernstein

An artist whose career spanned ninety years, Theresa Bernstein echoed the philosophy of the Ashcan School with her expressive paintings of daily life in the bustling crowds of New York.

March 1, 1890
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
United States
Aline Bernstein
Aline Bernstein

Aline Bernstein was one of the first theatrical designers in New York to make sets and costumes entirely from scratch and crafted sets with moving parts that could be rearranged.

December 22, 1880
New York, New York
United States
Rebecca Thurman Bernstein

Rebecca Thurman Bernstein was lauded by local and national organizations for her efforts to improve health care, literacy, and Jewish life in Portland, Maine.

April 14, 1896
Boston, Massachusetts
United States
Bonnie Bernstein
Bonnie Bernstein

One of the most accomplished female sportscasters in history, Bonnie Bernstein combines her role as on-air journalist with her work behind the scenes as vice president of Campus Insiders, a leading media platform for college sports.

August 16, 1970
Brooklyn, New York
United States
Meta Pollack Bettman

Meta Pollack Bettman spent her life volunteering for Jewish and civic causes.

April 19, 1880
Cincinnati, Ohio
United States
Mayim Bialik
Mayim Bialik

Actress Mayim Bialik defied Hollywood stereotypes by not only playing brilliant, strong women on TV and in film, but also working as a neuroscientist in real life.

December 12, 1975
San Diego, California
United States
Glika Bilavsky

Glika Bilavsky’s activities ran the gamut of secular Yiddish culture, from her political activism to her theatrical career.

January 23, 1884
Glechine
Poland
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Adele Bildersee

Adele Bildersee distinguished herself as a founding dean of Brooklyn College both for her skills as an educator and for her concern with supporting the social and emotional lives of students on campus through clubs, dances, and counseling services.

September 4, 1883
New York, New York
United States
Ilse Bing
Ilse Bing

Ilse Bing’s experiments with the new Leica camera and darkroom techniques like polarization and cropping helped break down the boundaries between artistic photography, photojournalism, and commercial work.

March 23, 1899
Frankfurt
Germany
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Chaske Blacker

In her short life, Chaske Blacker wrote two novellas and a dozen short stories while acting as the main breadwinner for her two children and her poet husband.

1905
Uvarevitch
Belarus
Sara Blakely
Sara Blakely

Sara Blakely’s creation and marketing of Spanx made her the world’s youngest self-made billionaire, a success she has paid forward by training aspiring female entrepreneurs.

February 27, 1971
Clearwater, Florida
United States
Hanne Blank
Hanne Blank

Both as a historian and as a fiction writer, Hanne Blank has questioned how we relate to our bodies and our sexuality, from gender norms to fat-shaming.

February 25, 1969
Northampton, Massachusetts
United States
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Marietta Blau

Marietta Blau’s innovations in photographic emulsion allowed scientists to track particles that they had previously only guessed existed.

April 29, 1894
Vienna
Austria
Matilda and Bernice Blaustein
Matilda and Bernice Blaustein

While 150,000 women eventually served in the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps in World War II, Matilda Blaustein was remarkable both as one of the first to volunteer and because she was joined in the service by her daughter, Bernice.

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Henrietta Blaustein

Through her generosity, Henrietta Blaustein created and sustained a foundation, a hospital’s maternity center, and dozens of other charitable initiatives and organizations.

January 16, 1871
Riga
Latvia

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