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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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Name & Description
Date of Birth
Birth Place
Sara Azaryahu, 1915
Sara Azaryahu
In hopes of creating a place where neither her religion nor her gender would make her a second-class citizen, Sara Azaryahu dedicated herself to founding a Jewish state, but was disappointed by the sexism that remained in her society.
Registration Document for Date Orchards, Second Century CE
Spirited and determined, Babatha repeatedly fought for her rights in court, showing the differences between the ideal world of the Mishnah and the real lives of second century Jews.
2nd Century CE
Lauren Bacall
Lauren Bacall
Lauren Bacall smoldered on screen with what became known as her signature “look,” glancing up with a downturned chin, shining in her roles both alone and opposite her husband, Humphrey Bogart.
September 16, 1924
Brooklyn, New York
United States
Bertha Badt-Strauss in Breslau, circa 1910
Bertha Badt-Strauss
Bertha Badt-Strauss used her writing to create a broader range of possible identities for women in the cultural Zionist movement called the Jewish Renaissance.
December 7, 1885
Edith Jacobi Baerwald
Edith Jacobi Baerwald devoted her energy to philanthropic organizations, but also loved connecting directly with the people she helped through her volunteer work at settlement houses.
February 14, 1878
San Francisco, California
United States
Alice Bailes
Alice Bailes
Alice Bailes joined the resurgence of natural childbirth in America both as a midwife and as coeditor of The Handbook on Home Birth.
Cora Baird and her Husband, Bill Cropped
Cora Baird
In a reverse of the usual sequence of events, Cora Eisenberg Baird started playing with dolls when she grew up and got married to puppeteer Bil Baird.
January 26, 1912
New York, New York
United States
Eugenie Baizerman
Eugenie Silverman Baizerman never sold a painting in her short lifetime, but her paintings have been regularly exhibited and praised in the years since her death.
October 14, 1899
Elaine DeLott Giving Her Hebrew School Valedictory Address at Temple TiFereth, 1952
Elaine DeLott Baker
Elaine DeLott Baker’s experiences with civil rights activism led to a career helping workers learn reading and computer skills to qualify for better jobs.
Winthrop, Massachusetts
United States
Belle Baker
Torch singer Belle Baker’s resonant voice made her the first choice of many composers to debut their songs, introducing 163 songs to the public over the course of her career on stage and in recordings.
December 25, 1896
New York, New York
United States
Angelica Balabanoff with David Ben Gurion, Tel Aviv, 1962
Angelica Balabanoff
Rebelling against her privileged upbringing, Angelica Balabanoff embraced socialism and rose to become one of the most celebrated activists and politicians of her day.
Zsófia Balla
Zsofia Balla
Zsófia Balla persisted in her craft despite government censorship, becoming a celebrated poet in both Romania and Hungary.
January 15, 1949
Diane Balser Cropped
Diane Balser
Diane Balser worked to change how women relate to stereotypes and helped grow support for peaceful solutions to the Israel-Palestine conflict.
New York, New York
United States
Astrith Baltsan
Astrith Baltsan
Astrith Baltsan has used her strengths as a musician, director, and scholar to find unconventional and engaging ways to introduce classical music to new audiences.
October 24, 1956
Tel Aviv
Golde Bamber
Responding to a massive influx of Eastern European immigrants, Golde Bamber created schools and settlement house programs to teach the new arrivals the skills they needed to assimilate and succeed in America.
Boston, Massachusetts
United States
Florence Bamberger
Florence Bamberger’s belief in training educators by pairing them with mentors who supervised them in the classroom continues to influence the ways in which teachers are trained.
October 19, 1882
Baltimore, Maryland
United States
Theda Bara, 1915
Theda Bara
The original vamp of the silver screen, Theda Bara became an icon of sensuality and the exotic for generations.
July 20, 1890
Cincinnati, Ohio
United States
Miriam Baratz at Kevuzat Deganyah Aleph
Miriam Baratz
A founding member of Kevuzat Deganyah Aleph, Miriam Ostrovsky Baratz forced the Yishuv to confront its sexist assumptions, first as one of the rare female agricultural laborers and then as her kibbutz’s first wife and mother.
December 23, 1889
Tatjana Barbakoff, cropped
Tatjana Barbakoff
The daughter of a Chinese mother and a Russian Jewish father, Tatjana Barbakoff used her mixed heritage as inspiration for stunning and innovative dance performances.
August 15, 1899
Barbara (Monique Andree Serf), 1965
Barbara (Monique Andree Serf)

The singer who called herself Barbara became an icon of French music in her lifetime and remained beloved decades after her death.

June 9, 1930
Lizzie Spiegel Barbe
A cousin of Hannah Greenebaum Solomon, Lizzie Spiegel Barbe volunteered her energies to the National Council of Jewish Women and a variety of other causes in the Chicago area.
October 30, 1856
East Liberty, Ohio
United States
Lena Barber small
Lena Barber
One of the few midwives to continue working in Baltimore after the 1924 ordinance that required they be licensed and registered, Lena Barber kept detailed records of hundreds of her deliveries.
Clarice Baright
Clarice Baright
Clarice Baright was one of the first women admitted to the American Bar Association and the second woman to become a magistrate in New York City.
Sadi Muriel Baron
A pioneering neurologist and psychiatrist, Sadi Muriel Baron managed to interweave teaching, working with with poor urban families, and running a successful private practice.
April 1, 1889
Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania
United States
Barr Family, 2000
Patricia Barr
Patricia Barr turned her personal struggles into a national cause as an advocate for breast cancer research and treatment.
August 26, 1950


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Jewish Women's Archive. "Profiles." (Viewed on March 18, 2019) <https://jwa.org/people/toc/all>.


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