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Profiles

Browse this section for short profiles of some of the thousands of Jewish women found throughout jwa.org. We will be adding new profiles to this section regularly and welcome your suggestions for women to add.

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Ruth Calderon
Ruth Calderon

As a Talmud scholar and a member of the progressive Israeli political party Yesh Atid, Ruth Calderon has sought to break down the traditional divide in Israeli society between right-wing Orthodoxy and secular liberalism.

September 25, 1961
Tel Aviv
Israel
"Sunday Jews" Book Cover by Hortense Calisher, 2002
Hortense Calisher

Praised as a “writer’s writer” for her unique voice and deft style, Hortense Calisher was little known outside the literary community despite winning the highest honors for her novels and memoirs.

December 20, 1911
New York, New York
United States
Rachel Calof
Rachel Calof

Rachel Calof’s memoir of life as a mail-order bride in Devils Lake, North Dakota vividly depicts the hardships of life as a western pioneer through the unique lens of a Jewish woman’s experience.

1876
Ukraine
Aviva Cantor
Aviva Cantor

Aviva Cantor not only created a powerful forum for Jewish feminists by cofounding Lilith magazine, she went on to invent a “unified field theory” of Jewish history that offered compelling possibilities for egalitarianism.

February 12, 1940
Bronx, New York
United States
Shulamith Canto
Shulamith Cantor

As director of the Hadassah School of Nursing in Jerusalem, Shulamith Cantor helped set the standard for nursing in Palestine.

1894
Beirut
Lebanon
Kiwi Fruit
Frieda Caplan

Frieda Caplan’s specialty food company has helped introduce a wide variety of fruits and vegetables to American palates, from kiwis and Asian pears to spaghetti squash and habanero chilies.

1923
Los Angeles, California
United States
Lizzy Caplan, March 24, 2014
Lizzy Caplan

Lizzy Caplan was nominated for an Emmy Award in 2014 for her portrayal of Virginia Johnson on the TV show Masters of Sex.

June 30, 1982
Los Angeles, California
United States
Nina Beth Cardin
Nina Beth Cardin

Part of the first class of women ordained as Conservative rabbis, Nina Beth Cardin embraced the unconventional path of a “community pulpit” by founding healing centers and creating new ways to approach miscarriage and loss.

Baltimore, Maryland
United States
Shoshana Shoubin Cardin
Shoshana S. Cardin

Shoshana S. Cardin’s persistent negotiation with world leaders helped ensure the release of Russian refuseniks from the Soviet Union and helped secure resources for them to build new lives after emigrating.

October 10, 1926
Tel Aviv
Israel
Hattie Carnegie, 1955
Hattie Carnegie

Hattie Carnegie was a leader in American fashion for three decades, designing clothes with a blend of simplicity and elegance.

March 15, 1886
Vienna
Austria
Judy Feld Carr
Judy Feld Carr

With courage, ingenuity, and determination, Judy Feld Carr rescued over 3,500 Jews from Syria.

December 26, 1938
Montreal
Canada
Vera Caspary
Vera Caspary

Vera Caspary wrote novels and screenplays featuring strong, complex women who were never simply villains or victims.

November 13, 1899
Chicago, Illinois
United States
Safra Catz, 2010
Safra Catz

As president and then CEO of Oracle, one of the world’s largest software companies, Safra Catz has helped shape the present and future of the computer world.

December 1, 1961
Holon
Israel
Ruth Fredman Cernea
Ruth Fredman Cernea

While she spent her career studying Jewish communities from Washington, DC to Myanmar, Ruth Fredman Cernea may be best known for her part in creating the annual Latke Hamantash Debate at the University of Chicago.

1934
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
United States
Ilene Chaiken
Ilene Chaiken

Ilene Chaiken was a successful screenwriter and television producer for years before she had the chance to develop material close to her heart into a successful show, The L Word.

June 30, 1957
Lieutenant Charlotte Ellner Chaney
Charlotte Chaney

Lieutenant Charlotte Ellner Chaney was permanently changed by her work as one of the first army nurses to help survivors of Dachau recover from their ordeal.

October 15, 1921
Perth Amboy, New Jersey
United States
Peggy Charren
Peggy Charren

As founder of Action for Children’s Television, Peggy Charren balanced the need for quality children’s programming with a commitment to free speech for broadcasters.

1928
New York, New York
United States
Roz Chast
Roz Chast

Roz Chast has spent decades mining the craziness of her life and her imagination as one of the most popular staff cartoonists of the New Yorker.

November 26, 1954
Brooklyn, New York
United States
Anya Cherneff
Anya Cherneff

A longtime opponent of human trafficking, Anya Cherneff found a new way to literally empower women in Nepal by founding Empower Generation to teach women and girls to become clean energy entrepreneurs.

1983
Armonk, New York
United States
Rose Chernin

Named in a landmark Supreme Court case that almost resulted in her deportation, Rose Chernin spoke out against injustice wherever she found it.

September 16, 1901
Chasnik
Russia
Rebecca Chernin, 2004
Rebecca Chernin

Rebecca Chernin used her own experience as an Orthodox teen in an abusive relationship to counsel other survivors and raise awareness about domestic violence in the Jewish community.

1984
Sharon, Massachusetts
United States
Kim Chernin
Kim Chernin

Through poetry, fiction, and memoir, Kim Chernin powerfully reimagined her personal history and her Jewish identity.

May 7, 1940
Bronx, New York
United States
Phyllis Chesler
Phyllis Chesler

In her controversial book, Women and Madness, Phyllis Chesler argued that the definitions of mental illness, created by men, are often used as a means of controlling and abusing women.

October 1, 1940
Brooklyn, New York
United States
Judy Chicago
Judy Chicago

Judy Chicago vividly depicted women’s history and women’s experiences through sculpture, paintings, and installation art that involved hundreds of collaborators.

July 20, 1939
Chicago, Illinois
United States
Front Cover Matter of "Corinne Chochem's Collection of Palestine Dances and Songs"
Corinne Chochem

Corinne Chochem helped popularize Israeli folk dance as a choreographer, dance teacher, and the driving force behind albums of folk-dancing music.

1905
Zwanitz
Russia

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