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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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Date of Birth
Birth Place
Mary Jacqueline Fabian

Mary Jacqueline Fabian brought opera to those who might not otherwise hear it, from directing an opera company in Birmingham, Alabama to running education and enrichment programs for a quarter of a million children in postwar Europe.

July 7, 1900
Sioux City, Iowa
United States
Claire Fagin
Claire Fagin

Claire Fagin’s groundbreaking studies on parents and children changed hospital practices around the country long before her term as the first female interim president of an Ivy League university opened new possibilities for women in academia.

November 25, 1926
New York, New York
United States
Ruth Fainlight

Ruth Fainlight’s poetry interweaves her feminism and elements of Judaism with highly symbolic language.

May 2, 1931
New York, New York
United States
Marcia Falk
Marcia Falk

Marcia Falk transformed the art of prayer with feminist blessings and modern translations of ancient writing.

September 20, 1946
New York, New York
United States
Minna Regina Falk

Witnessing the liberation of concentration camps at the end of WWII drove Minna Regina Falk to make sense of the war by placing it in the larger context of German history.

1900
Ruth Lewis Farkas

Ruth Lewis Farkas’s remarkable and varied career ranged from creating a retail chain that survived the Great Depression to teaching sociology to running international education initiatives.

December 20, 1906
New York, New York
United States
Sara Rivka Feder-Keyfitz

A childhood friend of Golda Meir, Sara Feder-Keyfitz grew up to be a significant Zionist and feminist leader in her own right.

October 31, 1900
Poland
Nina Fefferman
Nina Fefferman

Evolutionary biologist and epidemiologist Nina Fefferman uses mathematical models to chart how individual choices ripple outward to affect whole groups, helping create strategies to save populations from endangered tortoises to human communities stricken by disease.

1978
New York, New York
United States
Mimi Feigelson
Mimi Feigelson

Reb Mimi Feigelson, the first Orthodox woman ordained as a rabbi, has followed in the footsteps of her mentor, Shlomo Carlebach, by welcoming students from across the spectrum of religious practice.

March 7, 1963
New York, New York
United States
Ruth Fein
Ruth Breslau Fein

Ruth Fein has had a distinguished career as the first woman at the helm of several prestigious organizations.

August 30, 1927
New York, New York
United States
Leslie Feinberg
Leslie Feinberg

A working-class lesbian, transgender activist, and communist, Leslie Feinberg became an important voice for lesbians of her generation with the publication of her powerful 1993 novel Stone Butch Blues.

September 1, 1949
Kansas City, Missouri
United States
Naomi Feinbrun
Naomi Feinbrun-Dothan

Naomi Feinbrun-Dothan helped pioneer the scientific analysis of native Israeli flora and establish the study of botany and genetics at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

1900
Moscow
Russia
Jessica Feingold
Jessica Feingold

Jessica Feingold devoted her career to transforming the grand ideas of Louis Finkelstein, chancellor of the Jewish Theological Seminary, into practical reality.

December 28, 1910
New Orleans, Louisiana
United States
Elaine Feinstein in Tel Aviv
Elaine Feinstein

Elaine Feinstein’s poetry and fiction was profoundly shaped by both her own Jewish heritage and her passion for the work of modern Russian poets including Marina Tsvetayeva.

October 24, 1930
Bootle, Lancashire
United Kingdom
Nina Bieber Feinstein
Nina Feinstein

Although she was the second woman ordained by the Conservative Movement, Rabbi Nina Bieber Feinstein helped lay the groundwork for women’s ordination through her own years of study and struggle.

1955
Dianne Feinstein
Dianne Feinstein

Dianne Feinstein made a career of political firsts, as first female gubernatorial candidate and first female senator for the state of California.

June 22, 1933
San Francisco, California
United States
Merle Feld, 2010
Merle Feld

Both through her writing and in her work with Israeli-Palestinian dialogue groups, Merle Feld supported the difficult and delicate struggle to make peace in the Middle East.

1947
Brooklyn, New York
United States
Marcia Marker Feld
Marcia Marker Feld

The first woman to earn a PhD in urban planning from Harvard University, Marcia Marker Feld dedicated her career to teaching the next generation of urban planners to base their work on the needs and desires of a community instead of imposing their own visions on neighborhoods.

June 16, 1935
Brooklyn, New York
United States
Sandra Feldman, Cropped
Sandra Feldman

Sandra Feldman dedicated her career to protecting the rights of educators as the first woman president of both New York City’s Union Federation of Teachers (UFT) and the American Federation of Teachers (AFT).

October 14, 1939
New York, New York
United States
Golda's Balcony Poster
Tovah Feldshuh

Tovah Feldshuh set a record for the longest running one-woman show with her starring role in Golda’s Balcony, a Broadway play about Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir. Born Terri Sue Feldshuh, she graduated from Sarah Lawrence College and began her acting career as Terri Fairchild until a boyfriend persuaded her to embrace her Hebrew name, Tovah. She debuted on Broadway in 1973 opposite Christopher Plummer in Cyrano, the same year she began her television career with a brief appearance in Scream, Pretty Peggy.

December 27, 1952
New York, New York
United States
Gloria Feldt
Gloria Feldt

Driven by her own experiences as a teenage mother, Gloria Feldt became an advocate for women's rights and reproductive choice, leading Planned Parenthood for a decade.

April 13, 1942
Temple, Texas
United States
Mary Arbitman Fellman

As a historian, a journalist, a community leader, and a matchmaker, Mary Arbitman Fellman cared for the past, present, and future of the Jewish community in Omaha.

March 2, 1917
Omaha, Nebraska
United States
Mary Fels
Mary Fels

Mary Fels used her wealth and her talents as a writer and editor to further the Zionist cause, arguing passionately for a Jewish state and helping create both settlements and industry in Israel.

March 10, 1863
Sembach
Germany
Edna Ferber
Edna Ferber

In her novels, short stories, and plays, Edna Ferber captured the rich variety of life in America, from the Mississippi River in Show Boat to the wilds of Alaska in Ice Palace.

August 15, 1885
Kalamazoo, Michigan
United States
Joan Feynman
Joan Feynman

Astrophysicist Joan Feynman shaped our understanding of solar winds, auroras, and sunspots, and her battle to open scientific bastions to women transformed the field for those who followed.

March 31, 1927
Far Rockaway, New York
United States

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