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Barbara Myerhoff

Credit: Photograph by Vincent J. Grass.
Courtesy of Sonia Press Fuentes.


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Date of Birth
Birth Place
Josephine Sarah Marcus Earp
Josephine Sarah Marcus Earp
Josephine Sarah Marcus Earp led a life equally as colorful as her famous lawman husband, but struggled for the right to define her own story.
Brooklyn, New York
United States
S. Deborah Ebin
The daughter of Mizrachi movement leader Rabbi Aaron M. Ashinsky, S. Deborah Ebin helped the group American Mizrachi Women rescue a staggering number of children from Europe during and after WWII.
Syracuse, New York
United States
Joanna Eckstein in the USSR
Joanna Eckstein
Joanna Eckstein widened the perspective of Seattle residents both with her travel writing and as a patron of the arts who supported individual artists and museums.
Seattle, Washington
United States
Lily Edelman
Lily Edelman made great contributions to multiculturalism and Jewish education through her writing and teaching.
September 2, 1915
San Francisco, California
United States
Lisa Edelstein, September 9, 2007
Lisa Edelstein
An actress with a long history of activism, House star Lisa Edelstein organized her first protest at age sixteen as a cheerleader for Donald Trump’s New Jersey Generals, outraged that the cheerleaders were forced to flirt in bars.
May 21, 1966
Boston, Massachusetts
United States
Shirley Eder
Despite living and working in Detroit, Hollywood columnist Shirley Eder managed to report on (and cultivate relationships with) movie stars for over forty years.
New York, New York
United States
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Gesa Ederberg
The first woman rabbi to serve in Berlin since Regina Jonas, Gesa Ederberg has played an essential role in restoring Jewish life in Germany.
Tilly Edinger
The daughter of a respected neurologist, Tilly Edinger pioneered the study of paleoneurology through her discovery that brains left detectable imprints on the insides of skulls.
November 13, 1897
Ophira Edut
Ophira Edut
At the age of nineteen, Ophira Edut helped launch HUES, a magazine that embraced diversity and depicted young women as strong, smart, stylish, and playful.
Detroit, Michigan
United States
Lisa Edwards
Lisa Edwards
As a lesbian rabbi serving an LGBT congregation during a period that has spanned the AIDS crisis and the legalization of gay marriage, Rabbi Lisa Edwards has spent decades working to make the Jewish community a more welcoming place for gays, lesbians, and transgender Jews.
March 25, 1952
Chicago, Illinois
United States
Denise Eger cropped
Denise Eger
In 2015, Denise Eger became the first openly gay president of the Central Conference of American Rabbis, the professional organization for Reform rabbis.
March 14, 1960
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
United States
Dora Ehrlich
Dora Ehrlich
Hailed by Jewish News as “The First Lady of Detroit Jewish Womanhood,” Dora Buchhalter Ehrlich took on community leadership positions usually reserved for men.
Sara Ehrman
A political operative who served as deputy director of issues and research for George McGovern’s 1972 presidential campaign, Sara Teitelbaum Ehrman had an inadvertent brush with history when she drove Hillary Rodham to Arkansas while urging her not to marry Bill Clinton.
April 24, 1919
Staten Island, New York
United States
Amy Eilberg
Amy Eilberg
The first woman rabbi ordained by the Conservative Movement, Amy Eilberg forged her own path as a chaplain and pastoral counselor.
October 12, 1954
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
United States
Hannah Bachman Einstein
Hannah Bachman Einstein’s activism and volunteer activities bridged very different worlds, from temple sisterhood leadership to lobbying and helping draft legislation for children’s welfare.
January 28, 1862
New York, New York
United States
Thelma Eisen
Thelma “Tiby” Eisen made history as one of the first female professional baseball players, and then made history more literally as a creator of an exhibit honoring her fellow players at the Baseball Hall of Fame, to ensure their triumphs were not forgotten.
May 11, 1922
Los Angeles, California
United States
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Judith Kaplan Eisenstein
The first American girl to publically celebrate a bat mitzvah, Judith Kaplan Eisenstein went on to become a Jewish educator, composer, and musicologist.
Jane Eisner
Jane Eisner
In 2008 Jane Eisner became editor-in-chief of the Forward, making her the paper’s first female head in its 111-year history.
December 31, 1955
Bronx, New York
United States
Ilona Elek
Ilona Elek
Hailed as one of the greatest female fencers of all time, Ilona Elek won her first Olympic gold medal at the 1936 Berlin Olympics.
May 17, 1907
Gertrude Elion, 1988
Gertrude Elion
Gertrude Elion revolutionized the ways drugs are developed and received the Nobel Prize in Medicine even though she never earned her PhD.
January 23, 1918
New York, New York
United States
Oshra Elkayam-Ronen
Oshra Elkayam-Ronen
One of the most important choreographers of Israeli movement theater, Oshra Elkayam-Ronen distinguished herself by approaching stories from unusual angles, such as a feminist retelling of the story of Adam and Eve.
September 24, 1939
Jacqueline Ellenson
Jacqueline Koch Ellenson
A rabbi and community leader, Jacqueline Koch Ellenson has balanced her concern for both Israeli and American women as chair of the Hadassah Foundation and director of the Women’s Rabbinic Network.
"Mama" Cass Elliot
Mama Cass Elliot
A folk singer with a gift for turning formerly up-tempo tunes like “Dream a Little Dream of Me,” into unforgettable torch songs, Cass Elliot helped define the sound of her generation as a member of the Mamas and the Papas.
September 19, 1941
Baltimore, Maryland
United States
Shulamith Reich Elster
Called the dean of Jewish education, Shulamith Reich Elster’s career ran the gamut from camp counselor to executive director of a major educational nonprofit.
May 19, 1939
Elster, Virginia
United States
Sue Levi Elwell
Sue Levi Elwell
Rabbi Sue Levi Elwell dedicated her career to creating opportunities for Jewish women to learn and take ownership of Jewish rituals.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
United States


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