The Shalvi/Hyman Encyclopedia of Jewish Women

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Holly Snyder

Holly Snyder is North American History librarian at the Brown University Library. She earned her Ph.D. in American history from Brandeis University and was previously a post-doctoral fellow in Modern Jewish Studies at Hampshire College. Her forthcoming book is entitled Geographical Destinies: Jewish Identity and Social Place in the British Atlantic World, 1654–1831. Her publications include articles in Jewish History, William and Mary Quarterly, Rhode Island Jewish Historical Notes and a chapter in Women and American Judaism. She has taught American and American Jewish history at Hampshire College, Smith College, Boston University, Northeastern University and Bentley College.

Articles by this author

Grace Seixas Nathan

Although it was never published in her lifetime, Grace Seixas Nathan’s writing showed her passion for her country, her family, and her religion. She began writing poetry at an early age, particularly on Jewish themes. Throughout her life, Nathan corresponded with various friends and relations, blending eloquence and emotion with a fierce wit that bring her era to life.

Sara Ann Hays Mordecai

Sara Ann Hays Mordecai, niece of education pioneer Rebecca Gratz, passed on her famous aunt’s love of Jewish education to her seven children, three of whom went on to build a school of their own. After her husband’s resignation from the military brought poverty to the family, they supported themselves from the success of her children’s school.

Gussie Edelman Wyner

Gussie Edelman Wyner was an early leader of the Boston Jewish community and a national leader of Hadassah. She is credited with creating the idea of life memberships in women’s organizations and with establishing the first chapter of Junior Hadassah.

Frances Hart Sheftall

Frances Hart Sheftall became something of a public figure during and after the Revolutionary War, in spite of her own intentions. When her husband and son were captured by the British, she managed to earn money and raise her family alone. Her letters offer a vivid glimpse of the turmoil of this defining moment of American history.

Abigail Minis

Remarkable in every sense for her time, Abigail Minis ran multiple successful businesses while supplying rebel troops during the American Revolution.

Zipporah Nunes Machado Jacobs

Zipporah Nunes was born a Conversa in Portugal circa 1710. After escaping to London to avoid being re-examined by the Inquisition, her family began practicing Judaism openly; later she became one of the first Jews to settle in the newly formed colony of Georgia in 1733.

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