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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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Rose Brenner

As president of the National Council of Jewish Women, Rose Brenner focused on inclusion of people who were often marginalized—the deaf, the blind, and those isolated in rural areas.

April 3, 1884
Brooklyn, New York
United States
Sophie Breslau

An extraordinary contralto, Sophie Breslau debuted at the Metropolitan Opera at age eleven.

August 16, 1902
New York, New York
United States
Marla Brettschneider
Marla Brettschneider

As a political philosopher, Marla Brettschneider examined issues of feminist, queer, class-based, and Jewish political theory and activism.

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Fanny Brice

The original funny girl, Fanny Brice earned a reputation as a vaudeville star before creating some of her best-loved comedic personae for radio.

October 29, 1891
New York, New York
United States
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Jeannette Goodman Brill

As the first woman magistrate in Brooklyn and the second woman magistrate in New York, Jeannette Goodman Brill believed women had an aptitude and responsibility to judge cases involving women and children.

1889
New York, New York
United States
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Ruth F. Brin

Ruth F. Brin helped transform modern prayer with her evocative writing, translation, and poetry.

May 5, 1921
St. Paul, Minnesota
United States
Fanny Fligelman Brin

Fanny Fligelman Brin used her position as president of the National Council of Jewish Women to mobilize support for international peace efforts throughout the 1930s and 1940s.

1884
Berlad
Romania
Ruth Hagy Brod
Ruth Hagy Brod

Ruth Hagy Brod’s varied career as a journalist, documentary filmmaker and literary agent made her the ideal publicity director for Job Orientation In the Neighborhoods, helping high school dropouts train for careers.

May 31, 1911
New York, New York
United States
May Brodbeck

May Brodbeck’s career in the sciences ran the gamut from teaching high school chemistry to exploring fundamental philosophical questions about the nature of human consciousness.

July 26, 1917
New Jersey
United States
E.M. Broner
E.M. Broner

Esther M. Broner’s revolutionary women’s Seder opened up new possibilities for reimagining Jewish rituals to include women’s voices.

July 8, 1927
Detroit, Michigan
United States
Shifra Bronznick
Shifra Bronznick

As president of Advancing Women Professionals and the Jewish Community, Shifra Bronznick led the charge in demanding more women leaders of major Jewish organizations.

1954
New York, New York
United States
Claire Brook

Claire Brook made important innovations to publishing as the music editor of W.W. Norton, such as including CD recordings with music textbooks.

1925
New York, New York
United States
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Joyce Brothers

Joyce Brothers used her unlikely success as a game show contestant to launch her career as one of the best-known media psychologists in America.

October 29, 1929
New York, New York
United States
Rosellen Brown
Rosellen Brown

In her fiction, Rosellen Brown confronted themes of alienation, responsibility for others, and racial tension in America.

May 12, 1939
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
United States
Susan Brownmiller
Susan Brownmiller

Susan Brownmiller sparked a fundamental shift in society’s understanding of rape with her groundbreaking book, Against Our Will: Men, Women, and Rape.

February 15, 1935
Brooklyn, New York
United States
Elana Brownstein at her home, July 2002
Elana Brownstein

Representing a new generation of women activists, Elana Brownstein advocated for countless causes, ranging from body image to AIDS orphans, while still in high school.

1985
Pikesville, Maryland
United States
Eating Disorders: Obesity, Anorexia Nervosa and the Person Within by Hilde Bruch
Hilde Bruch

Hilde Bruch’s seminal work on eating disorders contributed significantly to understanding and treatment of the diseases in the 1970s.

March 11, 1904
New York, New York
United States
Ruth Mack Brunswick

Psychoanalyst Ruth Mack Brunswick served as a crucial sounding board for Sigmund Freud, helping him revise his theories on the importance of the mother in the early shaping of the psyche.

February 17, 1897
Chicago, Illinois
United States
Emilie M. Bullowa

As a lawyer and activist, Emilie M. Bullowa devoted her life to justice for the disenfranchised, arguing, “Our democracy doesn’t work if the people who can’t afford … legal aid can’t get justice.”

1869
New York, New York
United States
Ruth Bunzel
Ruth Leah Bunzel

Anthropologist Ruth Leah Bunzel did groundbreaking work on the relationship of artists to their work and on alcoholism in Guatemala and Mexico.

April 18, 1898
New York, New York
United States
Helen Lehman Buttenwieser

As a lawyer, Helen Lehman Buttenwieser fought to protect children in the foster care system.

October 8, 1905
New York, New York
United States
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Hortense Calisher

Praised as a “writer’s writer” for her unique voice and deft style, Hortense Calisher was little known outside the literary community despite winning the highest honors for her novels and memoirs.

December 20, 1911
New York, New York
United States
Aviva Cantor
Aviva Cantor

Aviva Cantor not only created a powerful forum for Jewish feminists by cofounding Lilith magazine, she went on to invent a “unified field theory” of Jewish history that offered compelling possibilities for egalitarianism.

February 12, 1940
Bronx, New York
United States
Nina Beth Cardin
Nina Beth Cardin

Part of the first class of women ordained as Conservative rabbis, Nina Beth Cardin embraced the unconventional path of a “community pulpit” by founding healing centers and creating new ways to approach miscarriage and loss.

Baltimore, Maryland
United States
Shoshana Shoubin Cardin
Shoshana S. Cardin

Shoshana S. Cardin’s persistent negotiation with world leaders helped ensure the release of Russian refuseniks from the Soviet Union and helped secure resources for them to build new lives after emigrating.

October 10, 1926
Tel Aviv
Israel

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