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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 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
Bella Bellarina
Bella Bellarina
A star of the avant-garde Vilna Troupe, Bella Bellarina was beloved on the Yiddish stage but faded to obscurity when her lack of English prevented her from transitioning to mainstream theater.
July 15, 1898
Ruth Ben Israel, 2014
Ruth Ben Israel
A renowned expert in Israeli labor law, Ruth Ben Israel drafted the legislation for Israel’s minimum wage and equal opportunity laws.
Port Said
Netiva Ben-Yehuda
Netiva Ben Yehuda
Although she began her writing career very late in life, Netiva Ben Yehuda transformed the Israeli literary scene with her explosive Palmah trilogy.
July 26, 1928
Tel Aviv
Rivka Basman Ben-Hayim
Rivka Basman Ben-Hayim
Interweaving her personal experiences with nature imagery and Jewish legends, Rivka Basman Ben-Hayim became one of Israel’s most celebrated Yiddish poets.
Hemdah and Eliezer Ben Yehuda, 1912
Hemdah Ben-Yehuda
Hemdah Ben-Yehuda collaborated with her husband, Eliezer Ben-Yehuda, to revive ancient Hebrew and make it a truly functional living language.
Rahel Yanait Ben-Zvi, 1962
Rahel Yanait Ben-Zvi
Long before she became First Lady of Israel, Rahel Yanait Ben-Zvi shaped the country by helping create many of its most important organizations.
Rita Schwerner
When her husband was murdered during Freedom Summer in 1964 in Mississippi, Rita Levant Schwerner Bender used the ensuing media attention to focus the public’s awareness on the importance of civil rights.
New York, New York
United States
Rose I. Bender
Rose I. Bender’s work as a Zionist leader reached its high point when she became the first female executive director of the Zionist Organization of Philadelphia in 1945.
December 22, 1895
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
United States
Therese Benedek
Therese Benedek was a pioneer of women’s psychosexual psychology, doing groundbreaking research on the connections between women’s hormones and their emotions.
November 8, 1892
Siona Benjamin
Siona Benjamin

Born in Mumbai, India, Siona Benjamin is an artist now living in the New York City area.

December 11, 1960
Senda Berenson
Senda Berenson
Drawn to sports by her recovery from childhood illness, Senda Berenson became known as the “Mother of Women’s Basketball.”
March 19, 1868
Vilna, Vilnius
Margarete Berent
Margarete Berent fought for acceptance as the first female lawyer to practice in Prussia and began her career again from scratch after fleeing Nazi persecution.
July 9, 1887
Gertrude Berg
Gertrude Berg
Gertrude Berg was the lead actress and driving force behind The Goldbergs, which successfully made the leap from radio plays to national television and brought a Jewish family into mainstream American homes.
October 3, 1899
New York, New York
United States
Lili Berger
Lili Berger
Lili Berger’s experiences in the Holocaust heavily influenced her choices as a Yiddish writer and translator, focusing on the tensions outsiders face in different societies.
December 30, 1916
Karen Berger
As executive editor for DC Comics’ Vertigo imprint, Karen Berger helped change the tone of mainstream comics, championing complex, challenging stories like Neil Gaiman’s Sandman and Alan Moore’s V for Vendetta.
February 26, 1958
Gretel Bergmann
High jumper Gretel Bergmann’s Olympic hopes were dashed when Nazi officials both refused to let her leave Germany and refused to let her compete in the 1936 Games.
December 4, 1914
Elisabeth Bergner, 1935
Elisabeth Bergner
Playfully titling her 1978 memoir Greatly Admired and Often Cursed, Elisabeth Bergner was famed both as the actress whom writers felt best captured their characters and as a former spy who helped other actors escape Nazi Germany.
August 22, 1897
Camp Modin
Libbie Suchoff Berkson
Libbie Suchoff Berkson was loved by generations of campers as Aunt Libbie, director of Camp Modin for girls.
November 17, 1891
Beatrice Berler
Beatrice Berler went back to school at age 45, becoming an award-winning translator of Spanish novels and history as well as an activist for adult literacy.
Brooklyn, New York
United States
New England Hospital for Women and Children
Fanny Berlin
One of the first Jewish women to practice medicine in the US, Fanny Berlin overcame countless obstacles to become the respected chief surgeon of a major hospital.
Rochel Berman's Dignity Beyond Death
Rochel Berman
Resisting taboos around discussing death, Rochel Udovich Berman has worked to educate people on Jewish funerary practices and encourage them to participate in the mitzvah of caring for the dead.
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Sabina Berman
Sabina Berman
A Jewish writer exploring her outsider identity in largely Catholic Mexico, Sabina Berman was the first writer to win the Mexican Theater Prize four times.
Mexico City
Gail Berman
Gail Berman made history as part of the youngest team of producers in Broadway history before becoming a television executive known for her genius in picking hit shows and turning failing networks around.
August 17, 1956
Brooklyn, New York
United States
Jessie Bernard
Sociologist Jessie Bernard anticipated feminist theory by discussing the differences between men’s and women’s experiences and arguing that quantitative studies did not accurately represent women’s stories.
June 8, 1903
Minneapolis, Minnesota
United States
"Professor Romeo" Front Cover by Anne Flieschman Bernays Cropped
Anne Fleischman Bernays
Through her novels, Anne Bernays explored the Jewish experience of America, the pressures of assimilation, and the then-taboo subject of sexual harassment.
September 14, 1930
New York, New York
United States


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Jewish Women's Archive. "Profiles." (Viewed on March 21, 2019) <https://jwa.org/people/toc/all>.


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