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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
Yara Bernette (Bernette Epstein)
Yara Bernette
World-renowned pianist Yara Bernette reached the pinnacle of her career in 1972 when she was chosen from 130 candidates to head the piano program at the Hamburg Music and Performing Arts School.
March 14, 1920
Boston, Massachusetts
United States
Dorothy Lehman Bernhard
Dorothy Lehman Bernhard made great contributions to the causes that were dearest to her, including child welfare, the arts, and the Jewish community, both by overseeing more than thirty organizations and, more directly, by becoming a foster parent.
April 22, 1903
New York, New York
United States
Sarah Bernhardt, 1880
Sarah Bernhardt
Hailed as “the Divine Sarah” and celebrated around the world for her acting talents, Sarah Bernhardt lived as vivid a life as any character she portrayed onstage.
October 23, 1844
Felicie Bernstein
Felicie Bernstein
Felicie Rosenthal Bernstein was as famed for her salons as for her art collection, both of which helped bring an appreciation for modern art to Berlin’s high society.
September 7, 1850
St. Petersburg
Bonnie Bernstein
Bonnie Bernstein
One of the most accomplished female sportscasters in history, Bonnie Bernstein combines her role as on-air journalist with her work behind the scenes as vice president of Campus Insiders, a leading media platform for college sports.
August 16, 1970
Brooklyn, New York
United States
Aline Bernstein by Carl Van Vechten, February 26, 1933
Aline Bernstein
Aline Bernstein was one of the first theatrical designers in New York to make sets and costumes entirely from scratch and crafted sets with moving parts that could be rearranged.
December 22, 1880
New York, New York
United States
Amy Bernstein
Amy Bernstein
As leader of one of the largest Reconstructionist synagogues in the country, Rabbi Amy Bernstein has worked to create the welcoming community for others that she had longed for at an earlier age.
Atlanta, Georgia
United States
Rebecca Thurman Bernstein
Rebecca Thurman Bernstein was lauded by local and national organizations for her efforts to improve health care, literacy, and Jewish life in Portland, Maine.
April 14, 1896
Boston, Massachusetts
United States
Theresa Bernstein, 1924
Theresa Bernstein
An artist whose career spanned ninety years, Theresa Bernstein echoed the philosophy of the Ashcan School with her expressive paintings of daily life in the bustling crowds of New York.
March 1, 1890
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
United States
Angelica Berrie
Angelica Berrie
A lifelong philanthropist, Angelica Berrie has helped transform the world by funding causes ranging from religious tolerance to nanotechnology.
Deborah Bertonoff
Deborah Bertonoff
From her debut at age nine through her performances in her late seventies and teaching into her late eighties, Deborah Bertonoff made dance her life’s work.
March 12, 1915
Betty Berzon Surviving Madness
Betty Berzon
Two years after psychologist Betty Berzon came out as a lesbian in 1971, she won the fight to have the American Psychiatric Association declassify homosexuality as a mental illness.
January 18, 1928
St. Louis, Missouri
United States
Meta Pollack Bettman
Meta Pollack Bettman spent her life volunteering for Jewish and civic causes.
April 19, 1880
Cincinnati, Ohio
United States
Mayim Bialik
Mayim Bialik
Actress Mayim Bialik defied Hollywood stereotypes by not only playing brilliant, strong women on TV and in film, but also working as a neuroscientist in real life.
December 12, 1975
San Diego, California
United States
Elisheva Bichovsky in Israel, 1936
Elisheva Bichovsky
As one of Palestine’s first Hebrew poets, Elisheva Bichovsky helped shape the emerging country’s new literary scene.
Aenne Biermann Self-Portrait, 1928
Aenne Biermann
In her short life, self-taught photographer Aenne Biermann made a profound impact on the arts as a major proponent of “new objectivity,” a rejection of romantic idealism in favor of practical engagement with the world.
March 8, 1898
Glika Bilavsky
Glika Bilavsky’s activities ran the gamut of secular Yiddish culture, from her political activism to her theatrical career.
January 23, 1884
Adele Bildersee
Adele Bildersee
Adele Bildersee distinguished herself as a founding dean of Brooklyn College both for her skills as an educator and for her concern with supporting the social and emotional lives of students on campus through clubs, dances, and counseling services.
September 4, 1883
New York, New York
United States
Ilse Bing, Self-Portrait, 1931
Ilse Bing
Ilse Bing’s experiments with the new Leica camera and darkroom techniques like polarization and cropping helped break down the boundaries between artistic photography, photojournalism, and commercial work.
March 23, 1899
Yehudith Birk
Yehudith Birk
Yehudith Birk’s investigations into the protein structures of legumes like soy and chickpeas led to vital discoveries about both the nutritional value of legumes and their potential for combatting certain cancers.
September 30, 1926
Chaske Blacker Cropped
Chaske Blacker
In her short life, Chaske Blacker wrote two novellas and a dozen short stories while acting as the main breadwinner for her two children and her poet husband.
Sara Blakely
Sara Blakely
Sara Blakely’s creation and marketing of Spanx made her the world’s youngest self-made billionaire, a success she has paid forward by training aspiring female entrepreneurs.
February 27, 1971
Clearwater, Florida
United States
Hanne Blank, 2007
Hanne Blank
Both as a historian and as a fiction writer, Hanne Blank has questioned how we relate to our bodies and our sexuality, from gender norms to fat-shaming.
February 25, 1969
Northampton, Massachusetts
United States
Joani Blank
Joani Blank
Sex-positive activist Joani Blank created one of the first woman-friendly sex stores in America, Good Vibrations, as well as sex toys like the Butterfly vibrator.
Boston, Massachusetts
United States
Marietta Blau at the Institute for Radium Research in Vienna, circa 1925
Marietta Blau
Marietta Blau’s innovations in photographic emulsion allowed scientists to track particles that they had previously only guessed existed.
April 29, 1894


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Jewish Women's Archive. "Profiles." (Viewed on March 19, 2019) <https://jwa.org/people/toc/all>.


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