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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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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
Rabbi Cantor Angela Warnick Buchdahl
Angela Buchdahl

Angela Buchdahl made history as the first Asian-American rabbi and cantor, but it has been her skill with congregants that has fueled her rise to senior rabbi at a prestigious Manhattan synagogue.

July 8, 1972
Seoul
South Korea
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
"Sunday Jews" by Hortense Calisher (book cover)
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
Lizzy Caplan Paley
Lizzy Caplan

Lizzy Caplan was nominated for an Emmy Award in 2014 for her portrayal of Virginia Johnson on the TV show Masters of Sex.

June 30, 1982
Los Angeles, California
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
Hattie Carnegie
Hattie Carnegie

Hattie Carnegie was a leader in American fashion for three decades, designing clothes with a blend of simplicity and elegance.

March 15, 1886
Vienna
Austria
Vera Caspary
Vera Caspary

Vera Caspary wrote novels and screenplays featuring strong, complex women who were never simply villains or victims.

November 13, 1899
Chicago, Illinois
United States
Charlotte Chaney
Charlotte Chaney

Lieutenant Charlotte Ellner Chaney was permanently changed by her work as one of the first army nurses to help survivors of Dachau recover from their ordeal.

October 15, 1921
Perth Amboy, New Jersey
United States
Peggy Charren
Peggy Charren

As founder of Action for Children’s Television, Peggy Charren balanced the need for quality children’s programming with a commitment to free speech for broadcasters.

1928
New York, New York
United States
Roz Chast
Roz Chast

Roz Chast has spent decades mining the craziness of her life and her imagination as one of the most popular staff cartoonists of the New Yorker.

November 26, 1954
Brooklyn, New York
United States
Kim Chernin
Kim Chernin

Through poetry, fiction, and memoir, Kim Chernin powerfully reimagined her personal history and her Jewish identity.

May 7, 1940
Bronx, New York
United States
Rebecca Chernin
Rebecca Chernin

Rebecca Chernin used her own experience as an Orthodox teen in an abusive relationship to counsel other survivors and raise awareness about domestic violence in the Jewish community.

1984
Sharon, Massachusetts
United States
Rose Chernin

Named in a landmark Supreme Court case that almost resulted in her deportation, Rose Chernin spoke out against injustice wherever she found it.

September 16, 1901
Chasnik
Russia
Phyllis Chesler
Phyllis Chesler

In her controversial book, Women and Madness, Phyllis Chesler argued that the definitions of mental illness, created by men, are often used as a means of controlling and abusing women.

October 1, 1940
Brooklyn, New York
United States
Judy Chicago
Judy Chicago

Judy Chicago vividly depicted women’s history and women’s experiences through sculpture, paintings, and installation art that involved hundreds of collaborators.

July 20, 1939
Chicago, Illinois
United States
Corinne Chochem
Corinne Chochem

Corinne Chochem helped popularize Israeli folk dance as a choreographer, dance teacher, and the driving force behind albums of folk-dancing music.

1905
Zwanitz
Russia
Ruth Clarke
Ruth Clarke

In the spirit of tikkun olam, Ruth Clarke chose to repair the world by transforming her neighborhood.

Detroit, Michigan
United States
Naomi W. Cohen

One of the first women scholars in the new field of Jewish studies, Naomi W. Cohen earned a reputation as one of the foremost historians of American Jewry.

November 13, 1927
New York, New York
United States

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