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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
Roseanne Barr, 2010
Roseanne Barr shattered stereotypes of femininity and motherhood with her raunchy, iconoclastic comedy.
November 3, 1952
Salt Lake City, Utah
United States
Judge Jennie Barron
Jennie Loitman Barron
Jennie Loitman Barron became a lawyer before women had the right to serve on juries in her state and went on to become the first woman justice of the Massachusetts Superior Court.
October 12, 1891
Boston, Massachusetts
United States
Charlene Barshevsky
Charlene Barshefsky
Charlene Barshefsky was a powerful proponent of free trade in Bill Clinton’s administration as the United States Trade Representative, a Cabinet-level post.
August 11, 1950
Chicago, Illinois
United States
Evangelyn Barsky
One of the first two women allowed to pass the bar in Delaware, Evangelyn Barsky made a great impact on her community in her brief career.
March 31, 1894
Wilmington, Delaware
United States
"If I Embarrass You Tell Your Friends" Cover by Belle Barth
Belle Barth
A bawdy comedian who inspired Bette Midler, Belle Barthe narrowly avoided trouble with the law by delivering some of her most wicked punch lines in Yiddish.
April 27, 1911
New York, New York
United States
Dorothy Walter Baruch
Dorothy Walter Baruch
Psychologist Dorothy Walter Baruch championed a psychodynamic approach to child development that focused on the relationship between physical, emotional, and intellectual development and on rechanneling children’s feelings through play and art therapy.
August 5, 1899
San Francisco, California
United States
Glückel bas Judah
Glückel of Hameln
Glückel bas Judah of Hameln’s remarkable life as a businesswoman and world traveler was preserved in her own words, thanks to the autobiography she wrote over the course of several years.
April Baskin
April Baskin
April Baskin has been committed to opening doors and embracing diversity in the Jewish community throughout her career.
Folsom, California
United States
Michal Bat-Adam
Michal Bat-Adam
Michal Bat-Adam, the first Israeli woman director of feature films, has been hailed for her sensitive and nuanced portrayals of mental illness and women’s inner lives.
March 2, 1945
Ora Bat Chaim
Ora Bat-Chaim
A largely self-taught musician, Ora Bat Chaim had a thriving career as a cellist and concert manager before becoming a prolific composer in her late fifties.
September 4, 1935
Ramat Gan
Shulamith Bat-Dori, 1930
Shulamit Bat-Dori
Shulamit Bat-Dori defied widely held notions about the inappropriateness of theater in the kibbutz, creating popular and acclaimed plays for the masses.
December 7, 1904
Marion Bauer, 1922
Marion Eugénie Bauer
A modernist composer who experimented with dissonance, serialism, and complex harmonies, Marion Eugénie Bauer also made strides for women through her musical scholarship that revived interest in female composers.
August 16, 1882
Walla Walla, Washington
United States
Vicki Baum, circa 1925
Vicki Baum
Vicki Baum jokingly referred to herself as “a first-class second–rate writer,” but she created a new genre for popular fiction when she wrote the novel that inspired the stage and screen classic Grand Hotel.
January 24, 1888
Sarah Bavly
Sarah Bavly
As one of the chief nutritionists and dieticians of Palestine and the emerging State of Israel, Sarah Bavly had to improvise workable plans for everything from offering school lunches to feeding boatloads of refugees.
October 18, 1900
Nora Bayes and her Children Aboard the S.S. Leviathan, 1924
Nora Bayes
A talented and popular vaudeville star, Nora Bayes became an example of the limits of women’s power and independence in the early twentieth century when her attempts to command respect from producers backfired.
Emily Bazelon
Emily Bazelon
From cyberbullying to abortion rights, reporter Emily Bazelon has tackled controversial legal issues for Slate and the New York Times Magazine.
March 4, 1971
Pauline Bebe
Pauline Bebe
The first woman rabbi in France, Pauline Bebe has worked to reach out to addicts, HIV-positive people, and others who often struggle to find an inclusive community.
Evelyn Torton Beck
Evelyn Torton Beck
Evelyn Torton Beck made contributions to women’s studies and the Jewish community through her scholarship and her efforts to ensure lesbian inclusion in Jewish life.
January 18, 1933
Jessica Beckerman
Jessica Beckerman
In 2005, while still an undergraduate at Brown, Beckerman co-founded Muso, an organization that works to eliminate maternal and child mortality in the developing world through a combination of health care and preventative medicine.
April 2, 1984
Los Angeles, California
United States
Rachel Sassoon Beer
Rachel Sassoon Beer
Rachel Sassoon Beer rose to fame as owner and editor of both The Observer and The Sunday Times, making her the first woman to edit a national newspaper.
Jeanne Behrend
Jeanne Behrend
Jeanne Behrend earned praise both for her work as a composer and for her studies of South American music.
May 11, 1911
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
United States
Katja Behrens, 2012
Katja Behrens
Part of the first generation of postwar writers in Germany, Katja Behrens grapples with the often difficult relationship between German Jews and the majority.
December 18, 1942
Dorit Beinisch
Dorit Beinisch
Dorit Beinisch made history as the first female president of the Israeli Supreme Court, a culmination of her many years shaping Israeli law.
February 28, 1942
Tel Aviv
Olga Belkind-Hankin
Olga Belkind-Hankin
Although Olga Belkind-Hankin was a formidable pioneer and midwife in Palestine, her most visible legacy remains the land she helped her husband buy, which formed the basis of many of the first settlements.
Dorothy Jacobs Bellanca
Dorothy Jacobs Bellanca made huge strides for worker’s rights as a union leader and through civil service.
August 10, 1894


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Jewish Women's Archive. "Profiles." (Viewed on March 20, 2019) <https://jwa.org/people/toc/all>.


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