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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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Name & Description
Date of Birth
Birth Place
Jackie Tabick
Jackie Tabick

Jackie Tabick, Great Britain’s first female rabbi, also serves as Britain’s first female head of the Reform Beit Din, or religious court.

1948
Dublin
Ireland
Paula Vogel and Rebecca Taichman
Rebecca Taichman

Rebecca Bayla Taichman’s success as the Tony award-winning director of Indecent is a reflection of her lifelong celebration of plays by and about women.

Marillyn Tallman
Marillyn Tallman

Marillyn Tallman helped Jews make new lives for themselves during some of the most monumental conflicts of the twentieth century.

1922
Decatur, Illinois
United States
Helen Tamiris
Helen Tamiris

Acclaimed choreographer and director Helen Tamiris used dance to comment on the social issues of her day, including racism, poverty, and war.

April 23, 1902
New York, New York
United States
Nicki Newman Tanner
Nicki Newman Tanner

As part of her lifelong devotion to Wellesley College, Nicki Newman Tanner chaired a record-breaking capital campaign for the college in 1993, raising $168 million from alumnae and disproving the assumption that women give less than men.

September 2, 1936
Chicago, Illinois
United States
Harriet Tanzman, March 7, 1965
Harriet Tanzman

Harriet Tanzman has become a chronicler of the civil rights movement, creating new entry points into civil rights history.

1940
Brooklyn, New York
United States
Olga Taussky-Todd, 1932
Olga Taussky-Todd

A self-proclaimed torchbearer for matrix theory, Olga Taussky-Todd made the previously little-known field essential for scientists and mathematicians.

August 30, 1906
Olümz
Czech Republic
Meredith Tax
Meredith Tax

Meredith Tax used her writing both to highlight the tremendous upheaval of her own times and to reimagine the struggles of suffragists and union organizers.

Wisconsin
United States
"All-of-a-Kind Family" Front Cover by Sydney Taylor
Sydney Taylor

Sydney Taylor’s famous and beloved All-of-a-Kind Family series of children’s books were almost left unpublished and forgotten.

October 30, 1904
New York, New York
United States
Julie Taymor, TED 2011
Julie Taymor

Julie Taymor’s bold, experimental style in directing plays and films has led to two Tonys (including the first Best Director Tony won by a woman) and an Emmy.

December 15, 1952
Newton, Massachusetts
United States
Nechama Tec
Nechama Tec

Nechama Tec’s experiences as a child in the Holocaust led to her career highlighting nontraditional stories of the Holocaust, and inspired the movie Defiance.

May 15, 1931
Lublin
Poland
Savina Teubal
Savina Teubal

Savina Teubal created space for Jewish women to participate in holidays and rituals, and created a powerful new tradition to recognize her own rite of passage from adult to elder.

1926
Manchester, Manchester
United Kingdom
Bessie Thomashefsky's Publicity Poster
Bessie Thomashefsky

With suffragist spirit and comedic skill, Bessie Thomashefsky adapted great American and British plays for Yiddish-speaking audiences, from Uncle Tom’s Cabin to Oscar Wilde.

1873
Kiev
Ukraine
Alice Toklas and Gertrude Stein
Alice Babette Toklas

Through her writings and recollections, Alice B. Toklas is remembered primarily for who she knew, as the life partner of Gertrude Stein and co-hostess of the famed Parisian salons that included the greatest writers, artists, and musicians of her time.

April 30, 1877
San Francisco, California
United States
Dara Torres in Beijing, China, August 17, 2008
Dara Torres

An athlete of remarkable endurance and drive, twelve-time Olympic medalist Dara Torres is the only American swimmer to have competed in five Olympics.

April 15, 1967
Beverly Hills, California
United States
Nina Totenberg
Nina Totenberg

Called the “crème de la crème” by Newsweek for her gifted journalism, Nina Totenberg has broken some of the most vital stories on the US Supreme Court and the American legal system.

January 14, 1944
New York, New York
United States
Jennie Tourel
Jennie Tourel

Opera singer Jennie Tourel’s subtle performances may not have been suited to huge concert halls, but her extraordinary interpretations of the varied roles she took on made her recordings highly prized collector’s items.

June 22, 1900
Russia
Rebecca Traister
Rebecca Traister

In her book All the Single Ladies, Rebecca Traister investigates why so many women are choosing to remain single, and the impact single women can have on society.

1975
Fountain Hill, Pennsylvania
United States
Sarah Treem

Television writer Sarah Treem’s work with Hagai Levi, adapting In Treatment for an American audience, led to their collaboration on the Golden Globe-winning The Affair.

1980
Boston, Massachusetts
United States
Alina Treiger
Alina Treiger

As the first woman rabbi to be ordained in Germany since the Holocaust, Alina Treiger has cultivated the kind of progressive Judaism that had been the pride of German Jews before World War II.

1979
Poltava
Ukraine
Jean Trounstine, July 2000
Jean Trounstine

Jean Trounstine taught literature to women inmates and cofounded an award-winning alternative probation program that uses writing and literature to offer prisoners a second chance.

1946
Cincinnati, Ohio
United States
Ivanka Trump
Ivanka Trump

A longtime aide to her father and executive vice president of his company, Ivanka Trump is poised to become the most influential first daughter since Alice Roosevelt Longworth.

October 30, 1981
New York, New York
United States
Barbara Tuchman
Barbara W. Tuchman

Barbara W. Tuchman won two Pulitzer Prizes for her popular histories The Guns of August and Stilwell and the American Experience in China.

January 30, 1912
New York, New York
United States
Sophie Tucker
Sophie Tucker

“The Last of the Red-Hot Mamas,” Sophie Tucker defied conventions about gender, age, weight, and ethnicity with her saucy comic banter and music.

January 13, 1887
Ukraine

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