You are here

Share Share Share Share Share Share Share

Belle Levy

b. 1898

by Elliot Ashkenazi

Belle Levy was a private detective, an unusual profession for a woman. Crime-solving, however, ran in her family, since her father was a lieutenant with the New York City police force.

Belle Rosenfeld Levy was born in New York City on December 29, 1898, to Ray and Monroe (Wieser) Rosenfeld. She progressed through the city’s public school system and married Charles Levy before her eighteenth birthday. Her first independent job was designer of children’s clothes, but at age twenty-five, she began working for a private detective agency. In 1927, she formed her own detective agency, the Colonial Detective Service. She continued as a private investigator at least through 1942; records show that she appeared in court that year as the owner of the detective service.

Levy had one daughter, Madeline. She maintained her detective office at various locations in Manhattan, including West 42nd Street and Columbus Circle.


NYTimes, May 9, 1942, 28, and May 20, 1942, 16; WWIAJ (1938).

More on: Business
More on Belle Levy

How to cite this page

Ashkenazi, Elliot. "Belle Levy." Jewish Women: A Comprehensive Historical Encyclopedia. 1 March 2009. Jewish Women's Archive. (Viewed on November 19, 2018) <>.


Help us elevate the voices of Jewish women.

donate now

The JWA Podcast

listen now

Sign Up for JWA eNews


Discover Education Programs

Join our growing community of educators.

view programs