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Tova Sanhadray

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Tova Sanhadray was the first woman to represent the National Religious Party in the Knesset and was instrumental in the formation of the religious Zionist women's movement Emunah.
Tova Sanhadray was the first woman to represent the National Religious Party in the Knesset and was instrumental in the formation of the religious Zionist women's movement Emunah.

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Deborah T. Poritz

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Brooklyn native Deborah Poritz was sworn in on July 10, 1996, as the first female Chief Justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court, after serving as the state's first female attorney general.

Institution: New Jersey Judiciary

Brooklyn native Deborah Poritz was sworn in on July 10, 1996, as the first female Chief Justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court, after serving as the state's first female attorney general.

Institution: New Jersey Judiciary

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Justine Wise Polier

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A fighter throughout her life for the rights of children and minorities, Justine Wise Polier was a judge of the New York City Family Court for thirty-eight years. She attributed her main goals of fighting injustice and "speaking truly… without fear" to the influence of the Hebrew prophets and her father, Rabbi Stephen Wise.

Institution: American Jewish Historical Society

A fighter throughout her life for the rights of children and minorities, Justine Wise Polier was a judge of the New York City Family Court for thirty-eight years. She attributed her main goals of fighting injustice and "speaking truly… without fear" to the influence of the Hebrew prophets and her father, Rabbi Stephen Wise.

Institution: American Jewish Historical Society

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Rosa Kliass

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Rosa Kliass.
Courtesy of Anat Falbel.
Rosa Kliass.
Courtesy of Anat Falbel.

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Gerda Klein

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Gerda Klein.
Gerda Klein.

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Helena Kagan and Rachel Kagan at the WIZO Jerusalem Baby Home, 1955

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Dr. Helena S. Kagan (R) and her sister-in-law, Rachel (Cohen) Kagan (L), at the opening of the WIZO Jerusalem Baby Home in 1955. The two women were involved in the establishment of the Tipat Halav infant welfare clinics, which operate throughout Israel to this day.
Courtesy of WIZO Archives, Tel Aviv.
Dr. Helena S. Kagan (R) and her sister-in-law, Rachel (Cohen) Kagan (L), at the opening of the WIZO Jerusalem Baby Home in 1955. The two women were involved in the establishment of the Tipat Halav infant welfare clinics, which operate throughout Israel to this day.
Courtesy of WIZO Archives, Tel Aviv.

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Helena Kagan and Rebecca Sieff, 1955

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Helena Kagan (L) at the opening of the WIZO Jerusalem Baby Home in 1955, alongside the Home's director (C) and WIZO's first president, Rebecca Sieff.
Courtesy of WIZO Archives, Tel Aviv.
Helena Kagan (L) at the opening of the WIZO Jerusalem Baby Home in 1955, alongside the Home's director (C) and WIZO's first president, Rebecca Sieff.
Courtesy of WIZO Archives, Tel Aviv.

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Helena Kagan and Rachel Kagan at the WIZO Jerusalem Baby Home, 1955

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Dr. Helena S. Kagan (R) and her sister-in-law, Rachel (Cohen) Kagan (L), at the opening of the WIZO Jerusalem Baby Home in 1955. The two women were involved in the establishment of the Tipat Halav infant welfare clinics, which operate throughout Israel to this day.
Courtesy of WIZO Archives, Tel Aviv.
Dr. Helena S. Kagan (R) and her sister-in-law, Rachel (Cohen) Kagan (L), at the opening of the WIZO Jerusalem Baby Home in 1955. The two women were involved in the establishment of the Tipat Halav infant welfare clinics, which operate throughout Israel to this day.
Courtesy of WIZO Archives, Tel Aviv.

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Rachel (Cohen) Kagan, May 14, 1948

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Rachel (Cohen) Kagan, chairperson of WIZO Israel, signed Israel's Declaration of Independence on May 14, 1948. (L to R) David Ben-Gurion; in background, Rabbi Yehuda Leib ha-Cohen Fishman [Maimon], Kagan, Moshe Shertok [Sharett].
Courtesy of WIZO Archives, Tel Aviv.
Rachel (Cohen) Kagan, chairperson of WIZO Israel, signed Israel's Declaration of Independence on May 14, 1948. (L to R) David Ben-Gurion; in background, Rabbi Yehuda Leib ha-Cohen Fishman [Maimon], Kagan, Moshe Shertok [Sharett].
Courtesy of WIZO Archives, Tel Aviv.

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Geri Joseph

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Former U.S. Ambassador to the Netherlands and reporter, Geri Joseph.
Courtesy of Geri Joseph.
Former U.S. Ambassador to the Netherlands and reporter, Geri Joseph.
Courtesy of Geri Joseph.

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