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The Shalvi/Hyman Encyclopedia of Jewish Women

Features thousands of biographic and thematic essays on Jewish women around the world. Learn more

Rebecca Kobrin

Rebecca Kobrin is the Russell and Bettina Knapp Associate Professor of American Jewish History at Columbia University, where she is also the director of Columbia’s Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies.  She works in the fields of immigration history, urban studies, and American Jewish History, specializing in modern Jewish migration. She received her PhD (2002) from the University of Pennsylvania. Her book Jewish Bialystok and Its Diaspora: (Indiana University Press, 2010) was awarded the Jordan Schnitzer prize for best book in modern Jewish history.  She is the editor of Chosen Capital: The Jewish Encounter with American Capitalism (Rutgers University Press, 2012) and co-editor with Adam Teller of Purchasing Power: The Economics of Jewish History (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015). In 2015, she was awarded Columbia University’s Lenfest Distinguished Faculty Award for her outstanding teaching and mentoring. Her writing regularly appears in The Washington Post, CNN, The Guardian and Bloomberg News.

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Abby Joseph Cohen

A leading voice in the United States investment banking and finance industry, Abby Joseph Cohen worked in the Goldman Sachs investment research division for over three decades. She rose to prominence in the 1990s with her accurate predictions of a prolonged economic expanding and durable bull market and has remained one of the top names in the investment industry.

Janet Yellen

In 2021, American economic Janet Yellen was the first woman to lead the United States Department of the Treasury. In 2014, she had become the first woman to chair the United States Federal Reserve Board, one of the most powerful banks in the world.

Teaching Profession in the United States

Jewish women in the United States became professional teachers to an extent unprecedently in Jewish history. Through Jewish educational organizations, Jewish schools, and public schools, female Jewish teachers have played an important role in shaping the North American teaching profession.

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Rebecca Kobrin." (Viewed on June 24, 2022) <https://jwa.org/encyclopedia/author/kobrin-rebecca>.


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