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Barbara Myerhoff

Credit: Photograph by Vincent J. Grass.
Courtesy of Sonia Press Fuentes.

Profiles

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
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
Paris
France
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.

1965
Atlanta, Georgia
United States
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
Russia
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
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
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.

1955
Cebu
Philippines
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
Tiflis
Georgia
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.

1888
Rayzan
Russia
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
Goch
Germany
Glika Bilavsky

Glika Bilavsky’s activities ran the gamut of secular Yiddish culture, from her political activism to her theatrical career.

January 23, 1884
Glechine
Poland
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
Frankfurt
Germany
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
Grajewo
Poland
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.

1905
Uvarevitch
Belarus
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.

1937
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
Vienna
Austria
Tina Blau
Tina Blau

Inspired by Dutch masters and by the quality of light she found in the natural world on trips to Holland and Italy, Tina Blau became the only Jewish woman artist of her generation to be recognized by her peers.

November 15, 1845
Vienna
Austria
Henrietta Gittelson Blaustein
Henrietta Blaustein

Through her generosity, Henrietta Blaustein created and sustained a foundation, a hospital’s maternity center, and dozens of other charitable initiatives and organizations.

January 16, 1871
Riga
Latvia

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