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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
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Bracha Habas
Bracha Habas

One of the few women journalists to work in Israel before the founding of the state, Bracha Habas became beloved for her work as a writer and editor of children’s literature.

January 20, 1900
Alytus
Lithuania
Barbara Jacobs Haber, circa 1960s
Barbara Jacobs Haber

Barbara Jacobs Haber focused her civil rights activism on sit-ins and desegregating restaurants and bars.

1938
Brooklyn, New York
United States
Ida Haendel

A musical prodigy who began playing at age three and performing at age four, Ida Haendel continued her passionate violin performances into her late eighties.

December 15, 1928
Chelm
Poland
Nan Halperin and Family
Nan Halperin

Nan Halpern became famous on the vaudeville stage not just for her comic performances but for the rapid costume changes that earned her the nickname “The Wonder Girl.”

1898
Odessa
Russia
Edith Gregor Halpert

Edith Gregor Halpert helped influence American artistic tastes through her galleries championing both modern and folk art.

April 25, 1900
Odessa
Ukraine
Anna Halprin
Anna Halprin

Anna Halprin was one of the founders of postmodern dance, but her focus has been on dance as a healing art, creating companies for dancers living with HIV and AIDS.

July 13, 1920
Wilmette, Illinois
United States
Rose Luria Halprin

Rose Luria Halprin helped lead Zionist organizations through the tumultuous period of Israeli independence and helped shape international opinions of Zionism.

April 11, 1896
New York, New York
United States
Julia Horn Hamburger

Julia Horn Hamburger dedicated her career to the health and education of women and children through both Jewish and secular organizations.

October 19, 1883
New York, New York
United States
Sarah Hamer
Sarah Hamer-Jacklyn

Sarah Hamer-Jacklyn’s popular Yiddish tales not only painted a vivid portrait of the lost shtetl of her youth, but also added a dimension male authors of the time had missed: a nuanced and complex picture of the lives of Jewish women.

December 17, 1905
Novo Radomsk
Poland
Jill Hammer
Jill Hammer

Jill Hammer co-founded the Kohenet Hebrew Priestess Institute to offer women alternative ways of connecting with Jewish tradition by focusing on the sacredness of the body and the earth.

1969
Chelsea Handler, 2007
Chelsea Handler

When her confession in a DUI class left people rolling in the aisles, struggling actress Chelsea Handler launched a brilliant new career as a comedian.

February 25, 1975
Livingston, New Jersey
United States
Ruth Mosko Handler

Ruth Mosko Handler is best known as the inventor of the Barbie doll, but her most important work may be her prosthetics for survivors of breast cancer.

1916
Denver, Colorado
United States
Alyson Hannigan, 2003
Alyson Hannigan

From her role as an unconventional flautist in American Pie to that of a lesbian witch on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, actress Alyson Hannigan has delighted in turning audience expectations on their heads.

March 24, 1974
Washington, District Of Columbia
United States
Leah Cohen Harby

A member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the United Daughters of the Confederacy, Leah ““Lee” Cohen Harby’s patriotism and her pride in her Southern roots found an outlet in her essays, short stories, and poetry.

September 7, 1849
Charleston, South Carolina
United States
Shulamith Hareven
Shulamith Hareven

From capturing the lingering pain of Holocaust survivors to describing the harsh conditions of Palestinian refugee camps, Shulamith Hareven used her writing to push Israelis to confront uncomfortable truths.

February 14, 1930
Warsaw
Poland
Zena Harman
Zena Harman

As chair of UNICEF, Zena Harman accepted the organization’s Nobel Prize in 1965, a fitting tribute for her many years of work with refugees.

August 28, 1914
London
United Kingdom
Jane Harman
Jane Harman

Using the slogan, “This woman will clean House,” Jane Harman won the first of her nine terms as a congresswoman before becoming the first woman president and CEO of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

June 28, 1945
New York, New York
United States
Janet Harris

Janet Simons Harris shepherded the National Council of Jewish Women through one of the most divisive times in its history and led both national and international efforts for women’s rights.

November 19, 1869
Titusville, Pennsylvania
United States
Renee Harris

Renee Harris survived tragedy aboard the Titanic to become New York’s first female theater producer.

1876
Susan Harris
Susan Harris

As hospital chaplain, Rabbi Susan Harris has worked to make Boston Children’s Hospital more sensitive to the needs of LGBTQ patients and families.

1956
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
United States
Blanche Hart
Blanche Hart

Blanche Hart, the first female superintendent of United Jewish Charities, helped lay the foundations for Jewish social services throughout Detroit.

1876
Kitty Carlisle Hart, cropped
Kitty Carlisle Hart

Actress and singer Kitty Carlisle Hart was honored for her tireless crusade for funding for the arts when the New York State Theater in Albany was named after her.

September 3, 1910
New Orleans, Louisiana
United States
Reina Hartmann

Reina Goldstein Hartmann focused her career on improving the lives of Jewish women in her native Chicago.

February 2, 1880
Chicago, Illinois
United States
Clara Haskil
Clara Haskil

Despite constant pain from scoliosis and a tumor on her optic nerve, pianist Clara Haskil became renowned for the purity and delicacy of her interpretations of Mozart and other classical composers.

January 7, 1895
Bucharest
Romania
Sylvia Hassenfeld
Sylvia Hassenfeld

Sylvia Hassenfeld led the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) through the humanitarian crisis of the Soviet Union’s collapse and the massive airlift of Ethiopian Jews.

1920

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