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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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Joan Blondell
Joan Blondell

Known for playing character roles as a wisecracking, working-class girl, Joan Blondell performed in movies, television, and on stage from age one until her death.

August 30, 1906
New York, New York
United States
Claire Bloom
Claire Bloom

From her first film role in Charlie Chaplin’s 1952 Limelight to her performance in 2010’s The King’s Speech, Claire Bloom has remained a favorite of many acclaimed directors.

February 15, 1931
London
United Kingdom
Helen Abrahams Blum

Helen Abrahams Blum earned a reputation as a talented painter before discovering a passion for all aspects of theater, from set design to directing.

August 17, 1886
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
United States
Judy Blume
Judy Blume

Judy Blume’s books, known for their humor and their honest portrayal of the pains of adolescence, have shaped generations of young girls.

February 12, 1938
Elizabeth, New Jersey
United States
Florence Meyer Blumenthal
Florence Meyer Blumenthal

Florence Meyer Blumenthal created an arts foundation that funded hundreds of promising artists and allowed them to focus on pursuing their craft.

1875
Los Angeles, California
United States
Claire Bodner
Claire Bodner

Despite having almost no training in either fashion or business, Claire Bodner ran a successful fashion design company that was featured in the top magazines and stores in the country.

1903
Frysztak, Galicia
Poland
Ruth Bondy, 2008
Ruth Bondy

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

1923
Prague
Czech Republic
Batsheva Bonne-Tamir
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
Kate Bornstein, Seattle, 2010
Kate Bornstein

Through performance art pieces like Kate Bornstein Is a Queer and Pleasant Danger and The Opposite Sex is Neither, Kate Bornstein questions society’s understanding of gender as a binary.

March 15, 1948
Neptune City, New Jersey
United States
Sivan Borowich-Ya'ari
Sivan Borowich-Ya'ari

Using Israeli innovations in solar technology, Sivan Borowich-Ya’ari created Innovation: Africa to bring more reliable electricity to developing communities throughout Africa.

June 23, 1978
Israel
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
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
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
"The Little Swiss Wood Carver," Dust Jacket, 1929
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
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
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
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
Rose Brenner
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

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