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


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

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Name & Description
Date of Birth
Birth Place
Anne Jackson
Anne Jackson
Motivated by a desire to experience life and have her voice heard, Anne Jackson participated in community activism ranging from the March on Washington to Holocaust education.
Chelsea, Massachusetts
United States
"Lotte Jacobi," by Marion Beckers and Elisabeth Moortgat
Lotte Jacobi
A fourth-generation photographer, Lotte Jacobi became known for capturing her subjects, no matter how famous or iconic, in honest, unguarded moments.
August 17, 1896
Zipporah Nunes Machado Jacobs
Zipporah Nunes Machado Jacobs escaped the horrors of the Inquisition as a conversa, using clever tricks to keep her devotion to Judaism secret from any who might betray her.
Jill Jacobs cropped
Jill Jacobs
Jill Jacobs, the executive director of T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights, has pushed for Jews to take an active role in social justice, from supporting health care and environmental reform to condemning torture and human rights violations.
Boston, Massachusetts
United States
Frances Wisebart Jacobs
Frances Wisebart Jacobs
Francis Weisbart Jacobs helped transform the fledgling state of Colorado through her organization of charities and hospitals.
March 29, 1843
Harrodsburg, Kentucky
United States
Rose Gell Jacobs
Rose Gell Jacobs led Hadassah through the early days of WWII, overseeing the organization’s shift from creating medical services in Palestine to rescuing thousands of Jews from war-torn Europe.
September 10, 1888
New York, New York
United States
Rose Gell Jacobs
Rose Gell Jacobs led Hadassah through the early days of WWII, overseeing the organization’s shift from creating medical services in Palestine to rescuing thousands of Jews from war-torn Europe.
September 10, 1888
New York, New York
United States
Abbi Jacobson
Abbi Jacobson
Frustrated by the lack of opportunities for young female comedians, Abbi Jacobson teamed up with fellow comedian Ilana Glazer to create the immensely popular Broad City.
February 1, 1984
Wayne, Pennsylvania
United States
Anna Jacobson
Anna Jacobson fought to continue teaching German language and literature at Hunter College throughout the 1930s and 1940s, at a time when many schools suppressed all things German.
January 10, 1888
Sada Jacobson
Sada Jacobson
Sada Jacobson won the bronze medal for sabre fencing at the 2004 Olympics (the first Olympics where women were allowed to compete in sabre), then did one better in 2008, bringing home both a silver and another bronze medal.
February 14, 1983
Rochester, Minnesota
United States
Irina Jacobson
Irina Jacobson
Hailed as one of the great Soviet ballerinas, Irina Pevzner Jacobson followed her dance career by becoming the authority on staging nineteenth- and twentieth-century Romantic and Classical ballets.
May 31, 1924
St. Petersburg
Janie Jacobson
Janie Jacobson’s love of Jewish tradition led her to create biblical children’s plays that were performed nationwide.
United Kingdom
Emily Jacobson
Emily Jacobson, raised by a family of fencers, reached the pinnacle of her career when she competed in the 2004 Olympics, which was the first time women were allowed to compete as sabre fencers.
December 2, 1985
Dunwoody, Georgia
United States
Dana Jacobson Interviews Rear Admiral Nora Tyson
Dana Jacobson
Dana Jacobson has showed resilience in her career as a sportscaster, transitioning from television to radio while remaining a trusted female anchor in a male-dominated field.
November 5, 1971
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
United States
Paula Jacques
Paula Jacques
Paula Jacques has been praised for writing novels that explore the flaws and longings of Egyptian Jews.
May 8, 1949
Jean Jaffe circa 1940
Jean Jaffe
Jean Jaffe’s career was doubly remarkable: she was a field reporter at a time when women were usually relegated to the society pages and a Yiddish-language journalist at a time when most American reporters wrote in English.
April 20, 1900
Rona Jaffe
In her wildly popular 1958 debut novel, The Best of Everything, Rona Jaffe captured the struggle of women working in New York before the women’s liberation movement.
June 12, 1931
Brooklyn, New York
United States
Janet Rosenberg Jagan
Janet Jagan
As president of Guyana for two years, Janet Rosenberg Jagan was the first American-born woman to serve as president of any country. Jagan was a student at the Cook County Nursing School in Chicago when she met Cheddi Jagan, a dentistry student.
October 20, 1920
Chicago, Illinois
United States
Marie Jahoda
Marie Jahoda
Marie Jahoda was a major figure in psychology for her work on the effects of unemployment on emotional well-being as well as the social impact of McCarthy-era blacklisting.
January 26, 1907
Laura Jarblum
Laura Margolis Jarblum
Laura Margolis Jarblum’s deft management of wartime social services on three different continents for the Joint Distribution Committee saved the lives of thousands.
Marie Grunfeld Jastrow
It took until she was eighty-two for Marie Grunfeld Jastrow to find a publisher for her autobiographies, but her two compelling memoirs of coming of age as a Jewish immigrant in New York touched audiences deeply.
June 10, 1898
Jazz Jennings
Jazz Jennings
Through her YouTube channel and reality TV show, Jazz Jennings is working to increase public understanding and acceptance of transgender teens like herself.
October 6, 2000
Ruth Prawer Jhabvala and William Phillips, 1962
Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
Known for her long-time collaboration with Merchant Ivory Films, novelist Ruth Prawer Jhabvala is the only writer to have won both a Booker Prize and the Academy Award for her work.
May 7, 1927
Tziporah H. Jochsberger
Having escaped the Holocaust on the strength of her musical talents, Tziporah H. Jochsberger went on to use music to instill Jewish pride in her students.
December 27, 1920
Lydia Joel
Lydia Joel began her dance career as a performer, but it was as the editor of Dance Magazine that she had the greatest impact on the field.
July 27, 1914
New York, New York
United States


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