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Organizations and Institutions

Gussie Edelman Wyner

Blending a businesswoman’s craft with an activist’s passion, Gussie Edelman Wyner created life memberships for Hadassah and other nonprofit organizations as a way to raise funds and cement commitment.

Deborah Waxman

In 2014, Rabbi Deborah Waxman became the first woman (and first lesbian) to simultaneously lead both a seminary and a congregational organization as head of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College and the Jewish Reconstructionist Communities.

Deborah Waxman, 2013

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Rabbi Deborah Waxman in 2013.

Image courtesy of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College via Wikimedia Commons.

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Rabbi Deborah Waxman in 2013.

Image courtesy of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College via Wikimedia Commons.

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Jane Evans

Although she never became a rabbi, Jane Evans, Executive Director of the National Federation of Temple Sisterhoods, became a powerful voice for women’s ordination within the Reform Movement.

Julie Schonfeld

In 2009, Rabbi Julie Schonfeld became the first female leader of an American rabbinical organization, serving as executive vice president of the Conservative movement’s Rabbinical Assembly.

Julie Schonfeld

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Rabbi Julie Schonfeld.
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Rabbi Julie Schonfeld.

Courtesy of The Rabbinical Assembly.

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Pearl Willen

Pearl Willen’s term as president of the National Council of Jewish Women from 1963–1967 capped a long career of community organizing from the local to the international level.

Elga Ruth Wasserman

Having experienced the sexism rampant in higher education herself, Elga Ruth Wasserman guided Yale through the difficult process of becoming a co-ed university.

Doreen El-Roeiy

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JWA contributor Doreen El-Roeiy.

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JWA contributor Doreen El-Roeiy.

Constance Amberg Sporborg

For Constance Amberg Sporborg, knowledge was power: she spent decades educating women about their choices, from immigrants at Ellis Island to voters at the ballot boxes.

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