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Barbara Myerhoff

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 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
Publicity Shot of Beatrice Alexander for the Alexander Doll Company, circa 1920s
Beatrice Alexander
Beatrice Alexander's sharp business sense and her uncompromising attention to detail made her the most successful and best-loved doll manufacturer of her time.
March 9, 1895
Brooklyn, New York
United States
Sue Alexander
Sue Alexander
Sue Alexander wove her life into the children’s books she wrote and helped create a support network for other creators as a founding board member of the international Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.
August 20, 1933
Tucson, Arizona
United States
Anna Marks Allen
Anna Marks Allen helped found and run many of the first Jewish charities and social services in America.
March 30, 1800
Ossining, New York
United States
Gloria Allred
Gloria Allred
Gloria Rachel Allred has devoted her legal career to fighting for women’s equality, handling high-profile cases of sexual harassment, workplace discrimination, and hate crimes.
July 3, 1941
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
United States
Gila Almagor
Gila Almagor
Gila Almagor earned acclaim as a writer, actress, and filmmaker for her autobiographical Summer of Aviya in 1988, but when critics questioned details of her story, she embraced the criticism and went on to create a sequel, 1995’s Under the Domim Tree.
July 22, 1939
Hedva Almog, August 5, 2011
Hedva Almog
As commanding officer of the Israeli Army’s Women’s Corps, Hedva Almog created training programs and promotion opportunities for female officers, working to create a better environment for the women who followed her.
Shulamit Aloni, 2001
Shulamit Aloni
Shulamit Aloni, the first Israeli woman to successfully found a political party, brought her zeal for education and empowerment to her career in the Knesset, helping generations of Israelis learn—and fight for—their rights.
November 29, 1928
Tel Aviv
Tikvah Alper
Tikvah Alper
Radiobiologist Tikvah Alper, who spent a lifetime questioning accepted theories and the established order, discovered that diseases like scrapie and mad cow replicated without DNA.
January 22, 1909
South Africa
Rose Haas Alschuler
Rose Haas Alschuler
Rose Haas Alschuler founded and directed more than twenty nursery schools and early childhood education programs before turning her attention to Zionist causes and becoming a vital fundraiser for the State of Israel.
December 17, 1887
Chicago, Illinois
United States
Joanne Alter
Joanne Alter
When she challenged Chicago politicians to put a woman’s name on the ballot, Joanne Alter never expected the name would be her own.
Chicago, Illinois
United States
Tosia (Taube) Altman
Tosia Altman
Tosia Altman volunteered as a courier and weapons smuggler, risking her life through some of the worst conflicts of the Jewish uprising during the Holocaust.
August 24, 1919
Sadie American
Sadie American
Forceful, dedicated, and brash, Sadie American shaped the National Council of Jewish Women for more than twenty years before resigning and severing all ties with the organization.
March 3, 1862
Chicago, Illinois
United States
Anda Pinkerfield-Amir
Anda Pinkerfeld Amir
Anda Pinkerfeld Amir helped shape two branches of Hebrew literature as an innovative, modernist Israeli poet and as a writer of children’s books that tackled difficult subjects like war and death.
June 26, 1902
Naomi Amir
Naomi Kassan Amir was a pioneer in pediatric neurology in part because of her holistic approach, seeing each child not just in terms of their disability but in the context of their family and their community.
January 23, 1931
Chicago, Illinois
United States
Ruth Amiran
Ruth Amiran
Ruth Amiran led a number of major archaeological digs that uncovered details of daily life in Bronze-Age Israel as well as important clues into trade and political relationships between Israel and its near neighbors.
Ziva Amishai-Maisels
Ziva Amishai-Maisels
As an art historian and curator for Yad Vashem, Ziva Amishai-Maisels became known for her insights into the impact of the Holocaust on modern art.
New York, New York
United States
Lynn Amowitz, July 2001
Lynn Amowitz
After years of offering medical help to refugees, Lynn Amowitz decided she needed to solve the problems at their source: the human rights violations driving refugees from their homes.
North Carolina
United States
Birdie Amsterdam
Birdie Amsterdam capped a career of firsts in the legal profession with her role as the first woman elected to the New York State Supreme Court.
March 25, 1901
New York, New York
United States
A History of Their Own by Bonnie Anderson
Bonnie Anderson
Combatting centuries of sexism that had erased women’s contributions, Bonnie Anderson published one of the first major surveys of women’s history, A History of Their Own.
Sharon Cohen Anisfeld
Sharon Cohen Anisfeld
As dean of Hebrew College, Sharon Cohen Anisfeld has struck a rare balance between overseeing the seminary as a whole and connecting with each of her students on a personal level.
September 1, 1960
Bethesda, Maryland
United States
Myriam Anissimov, 2014
Myriam Anissimov
Joking that she is a Yiddish writer working in French, novelist Myriam Anissimov has been celebrated for her portrayal of the difficulties faced by children of Holocaust survivors.
June 15, 1943
Sadie Cecilia Annenberg and Bernard Baruch, 1956
Sadie Cecelia Friedman Annenberg
Sadie Cecelia Friedman Annenberg gave generously to Jewish causes both in the US and Israel.
June 3, 1879
New York, New York
United States
The Reality of the Devil, by Ruth Nanda Anshen
Ruth Nanda Anshen
Ruth Nanda Anshen created connections between the great thinkers of different fields, offering them opportunities to explain their work to each other and the general public.
June 14, 1900
Lynn, Massachusetts
United States
Mary Antin, cropped
Mary Antin
An immigrant girl who achieved literary fame at the age of thirteen, Mary Antin became a symbol of the American dream.
June 13, 1881
Eleanor Antin
Eleanor Antin explored issues of gender, race, and identity by taking on personae of various outsiders in her performance art, installation art, and films.
February 27, 1935
Bronx, New York
United States


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Jewish Women's Archive. "Profiles." (Viewed on March 24, 2019) <https://jwa.org/people/toc/all>.


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