The Shalvi/Hyman Encyclopedia of Jewish Women

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Nachman Falbel

Nachman Falbel, a professor of medieval history and philosophy at the University of São Paulo, was the founder-director of the Center for the Jewish Studies of the University of Sao Paulo, as well the founder director of the Jewish Brazilian Historical Archive. Among his dozens of publications dedicated to both fields are the books Medieval Heresies (1977, 2007), Jacob Nachbin (1985, 2013), The Franciscan Spirituals (1995, 2011), Manasche: his life and his time (1998), Kiddush Hashem: Hebrew Chronicles on the Crusades (2001), David José Pérez: uma bibliografia (2005), Judeus no Brasil: Estudos e Notas (2008), and Estrelas Errantes. Memória do teatro ídiche no Brasil (2013).

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Mayana Zatz

Mayana Zatz is one of the pioneers of human and medical genetics in Brazil. In 1981 she founded the Brazilian Muscular Dystrophy Association, to help the poorest population of patients. She has worked on the Zika congenital syndrome and on cancer and was very involved with the Brazilian Congress’s approval of a bill allowing human embryonic stem cell research.

Fayga Ostrower

Fayga Ostrower, born in Poland, began her artistic career after her family immigrated to Brazil, where she quickly developed a love and a talent for engraving. Her award-winning works have been displayed across the world, and she wrote many books reflecting on the power of art as a universal human language.

Rosa Grena Kliass

Rosa Kliass is a trailblazer in the field of Brazilian landscape architecture. After graduating from university, Kliass established the first landscape office run by a woman in Brazil. Kliass’ extensive experience in public works, combined with a broad interdisciplinary approach, led her to serve as a consultant to several governmental institutions.

Marika Gidali

After surviving the Holocaust and immigrating from Budapest to Brazil, dancer Marika Gidali became an influential performer, teacher, and choreographer at a time when the arts faced serious repression under military dictatorship. In 1956 Gidali began dancing with the Ballet Company of Theatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro. Gidali later set up her first school, which was the meeting point for many artists in the mid-1960s.

Brazil, Contemporary

Brazil is home to the second largest Jewish community in South America. Jewish women played important roles in the absorption of Jewish immigrants from Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa, and also made important contributions to Brazilian intellectual and artistic life.

Yara Bernette

Raised in Brazil, world-renowned pianist Yara Bernette began studying piano with her uncle, a major Brazilian classical musician of his day. She toured across the world and became the head of the piano program at the Hamburg Music and Performing Arts School.

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