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Rhoda G. Lewin

Rhoda G. Lewin earned B.A. and M.A. degrees in journalism and a Ph.D. in American Studies at the University of Minnesota. After a career in newspaper reporting, publication editing and public relations, she taught journalism at the University of Wisconsin/Superior and the University of Minnesota, wrote a monthly column for the American Jewish World for ten years, edited Identity, a literary magazine, for fourteen years, and was a founding member of the Minnesota Independent Scholars Forum and the Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest. She is the author of two books, Witnesses to the Holocaust: An Oral History (widely used in high schools and colleges) and Images of America: Jewish Community of North Minneapolis.

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Helen Harris Perlman

With almost seventy years as a social work practitioner, supervisor, teacher, consultant, and author to her credit, Helen Harris Perlman was a legend in her field. She pioneered the “Chicago School” of social work, arguing that many people in crisis needed short-term therapy and solutions rather than long-term Freudian analysis.

Gisela Peiper Konopka

Berlin-born Gisela Konopka built an international reputation as a group social worker and expert on youth issues. Lauded for her involvement in the rebuilding of social services and education in post-war Germany and beloved by her students at the University of Minnesota, Konopka received more than 42 awards in her lifetime.

Geri M. Joseph

Geri M. Joseph, a pioneer in the acceptance of women in journalism and politics, was a prize-winning newspaper reporter, an American Ambassador to the Netherlands during the Carter administration, and the first woman to be elected to several business boards in Minnesota.

Paulette Weill Oppert Fink

After Paulette Fink’s husband, serving in the French Army, escaped capture, Fink and her family fled to the unoccupied zone of France and joined the Resistance, hiding Jewish children and helping them escape. Despite her husband’s death, Fink continued working with the Resistance and the Jewish Brigade. When the war ended, she continued her work with refugees before settling in Minneapolis.

Ruth F. Brin

Ruth F. Brin helped transform modern prayer with her evocative writing, translation, and poetry. She wrote liturgical poetry, using vivid imagery from her own experience and challenging or reworking imagery of God as father or king that she found problematic as a woman and a modern American Jew.

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