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Profiles

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
Ruth Bondy
Ruth Bondy

Journalist Ruth Bondy made larger events more relatable for readers through her insightful human interest stories.

1923
Prague
Czech Republic
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Batsheva Bonne-Tamir

By studying both isolated and mixed populations in Israel, Batsheva Bonne-Tamir uncovered the genetic histories and relationships between long-separated communities.

July 27, 1932
Jerusalem
Israel
Heather Booth
Heather Booth

Heather Booth helped transform the American political landscape from her early involvement in both civil rights and abortion rights through her campaign for marriage equality.

1945
New Jersey
United States
Madeline Borg

Madeline Borg dedicated her career to giving children second chances—through studying juvenile delinquency, working with child welfare and probation associations, and by founding the Big Sister movement.

July 31, 1878
New York, New York
United States
Anna Pavitt Boudin

Anna Pavitt Boudin defied expectations throughout her career, both as one of the first women dentists in America and as the founder and president of the Women’s American ORT, one of the largest Jewish women’s organizations in America.

July 15, 1883
Mariampol
Poland
Jane Bowles

Admired for her darkly comic wit by writers like Truman Capote, Tennessee Williams, and John Ashbery, Jane Bowles became the center of an avant-garde circle in Morocco.

February 22, 1917
New York, New York
United States
Barbara Boxer - US Senator
Barbara Boxer

Barbara Boxer earned a reputation as a powerful voice for liberal causes by leading the charge on issues like sexual harassment, the Iraq War, and marriage equality.

November 11, 1940
Brooklyn, New York
United States
Esther Brandeau

The first Jew known to set foot on Canadian soil, Esther Brandeau disguised herself as a boy to gain freedom and independence.

1718
La Rochelle, Charente-Maritime (17)
France
Alice Goldmark Brandeis

The wife of Supreme Court Justice Louis D. Brandeis, Alice Goldmark Brandeis used her position to advocate for women’s suffrage, workers’ rights, child protection, and Zionist causes.

1866
Brooklyn, New York
United States
Madeleine Brandeis
Madeline Brandeis

In her novels and movies, Madeline Brandeis offered children windows into a multitude of other cultures.

December 18, 1897
San Francisco, California
United States
Renee Brant
Renee Brant

As a founding member of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children, Renee Brant became a voice for those who could not speak for themselves.

1946
St. Paul, Minnesota
United States
Sophie Braslau
Sophie Braslau

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

August 16, 1902
New York, New York
United States
Ruth Light Braun

Ruth Light Braun captured the lived experience of Jews in New York and Palestine through her artwork in charcoal and conte crayon.

1906
Brooklyn, New York
United States
Susan Braun
Susan Braun

Susan Braun preserved what were thought to be inherently fleeting experiences when, in 1956, she founded Dance Films Association to support, promote, and archive films of dance performances.

July 24, 1916
New York, New York
United States
Lainie Breaux
Lainie Breaux

When the hospital tending Lainie Breaux’s newborn son temporarily lost contact with her during Hurricane Katrina, Breaux used her fifteen minutes of fame to call attention to the plight of others devastated by the hurricane.

August 6, 1966
Marrero, Louisiana
United States
Elsie Oschrin Bregman

Elsie Oschrin Bregman’s pioneering research studies on vastly different populations, from saleswomen to army recruits, changed how psychologists measured intelligence.

November 30, 1896
Newark, New Jersey
United States
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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
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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Jeanette Goodman Brill

As the first woman magistrate in Brooklyn and the second woman magistrate in New York, Jeanette 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

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
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Suzanne Brogger

Born to Jewish refugees in Denmark during the Nazi occupation, Suzanne Brogger made her family’s story the heart of her powerful novels and essays.

November 18, 1944
Copenhagen
Denmark

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