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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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Thelma Eisen

Thelma “Tiby” Eisen made history as one of the first female professional baseball players, and then made history more literally as a creator of an exhibit honoring her fellow players at the Baseball Hall of Fame, to ensure their triumphs were not forgotten.

May 11, 1922
Los Angeles, California
United States
Judith Kaplan Eisenstein at her Second Bat Mitzvah Cropped
Judith Kaplan Eisenstein

The first American girl to publically celebrate a bat mitzvah, Judith Kaplan Eisenstein went on to become a Jewish educator, composer, and musicologist.

1910
Jane Eisner
Jane Eisner

In 2008 Jane Eisner became editor-in-chief of the Forward, making her the paper’s first female head in its 111-year history.

December 31, 1955
Bronx, New York
United States
Ilona Elek
Ilona Elek

Hailed as one of the greatest female fencers of all time, Ilona Elek won her first Olympic gold medal at the 1936 Berlin Olympics.

May 17, 1907
Budapest
Hungary
Gertrude Elion, 1988
Gertrude Elion

Gertrude Elion revolutionized the ways drugs are developed and received the Nobel Prize in Medicine even though she never earned her PhD.

January 23, 1918
New York, New York
United States
Oshra Elkayam-Ronen
Oshra Elkayam-Ronen

One of the most important choreographers of Israeli movement theater, Oshra Elkayam-Ronen distinguished herself by approaching stories from unusual angles, such as a feminist retelling of the story of Adam and Eve.

September 24, 1939
Netanyah
Israel
Jacqueline Ellenson
Jacqueline Koch Ellenson

A rabbi and community leader, Jacqueline Koch Ellenson has balanced her concern for both Israeli and American women as chair of the Hadassah Foundation and director of the Women’s Rabbinic Network.

1955
"Mama" Cass Elliot
Mama Cass Elliot

A folk singer with a gift for turning formerly up-tempo tunes like “Dream a Little Dream of Me,” into unforgettable torch songs, Cass Elliot helped define the sound of her generation as a member of the Mamas and the Papas.

September 19, 1941
Baltimore, Maryland
United States
Shulamith Reich Elster

Called the dean of Jewish education, Shulamith Reich Elster’s career ran the gamut from camp counselor to executive director of a major educational nonprofit.

May 19, 1939
Elster, Virginia
United States
Sue Levi Elwell
Sue Levi Elwell

Rabbi Sue Levi Elwell dedicated her career to creating opportunities for Jewish women to learn and take ownership of Jewish rituals.

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
United States
Katharine Engel

Katherine Engel helped the massive wave of European Jewish émigrés after WWII resettle and adjust to life in the US.

October 27, 1898
New Haven, Connecticut
United States
Eve Ensler
Eve Ensler

Eve Ensler’s massively successful play The Vagina Monologues gave her a platform to launch V-Day, a campaign to end violence against women and girls.

May 25, 1953
New York, New York
United States
Nora Ephron circa 1976
Nora Ephron

Nora Ephron mined her most painful experiences to create brilliant comedies like Heartburn and When Harry Met Sally.

May 19, 1941
New York, New York
United States
Phoebe Ephron

The mother of four talented women writers, Phoebe Ephron was a full-time, professional writer with her own claims to success.

January 26, 1914
New York, New York
United States
Ilene Epstein
Ilene Epstein

In 1979, Ilene Epstein brought a new style to the streets of Boston when she and her identical twin sister opened The Studio, a women’s clothing store that offered stylish clothing in a welcoming atmosphere.

Charlotte Epstein
Charlotte Epstein

Charlotte “Eppy” Epstein helped popularize women’s swimming and coached Olympic athletes who broke more than fifty world records.

1884
New York, New York
United States
Hadassah (Spira Epstein)

A renowned dancer and choreographer, Hadassah Spira Epstein was a pioneer in introducing dance traditions of other cultures to the American public through her fusion of ethnic dance forms.

December 30, 1909
Jerusalem
Israel
Judith G. Epstein

Judith G. Epstein led Hadassah through the tumultuous years of WWII, shifting its mission from building infrastructure in Palestine to establishing an internationally recognized Jewish state.

November 2, 1895
Worcester, Massachusetts
United States
Sara Riwka Erlich
Sara Riwka B'raz Erlich

Sara Riwka B’raz Erlich’s vivid writing draws inspiration from her work as a psychiatrist, her Jewish heritage, and her experiences in South America and Israel.

1935
Recife
Brazil
Rachel Ertel
Rachel Ertel

Shaped by Yiddish culture from an early age, Rachel Ertel sparked a love of Jewish studies in others through her work as the most respected scholar of Yiddish in France.

July 13, 1939
Slonim
Poland
Tamar Eshel
Tamar Eshel

A lifelong diplomat with a strong record of defending women’s rights and human rights, Tamar Eshel capped her career with two terms as a member of the Knesset from 1977–1984.

July 24, 1920
London
United Kingdom
Rosa Eskenazi trio
Rosa Eskenazi

Noted singer Roza Eskenazi enjoyed a second flowering of her career when Greek youth began a revival of traditional music in the 1970s.

Between 1883 and 1910
Constantinople
Turkey
Tamara Cohn Eskenazi
Tamara Cohn Eskenazi

As editor of The Torah: A Women’s Commentary, scholar and rabbi Tamara Cohn Eskenazi recovered the stories of women mentioned throughout the Bible and treated them with the academic rigor usually reserved for the patriarchs and other biblical men.

August 15, 1938
Haifa
Israel
Blanche Goldman Etra

An Orthodox Jew whose family protested her attending college, Blanche Goldman Etra opened doors to independence and education for other Jewish women by founding women’s divisions of medical schools and women’s seminars on financial planning.

March 8, 1915
Brooklyn, New York
United States
Sylvia Ettenberg

Sylvia Cutler Ettenberg shaped generations of Conservative Jews by helping found programs ranging from Ramah camps to the Prozdor Hebrew high school at the Jewish Theological Seminary.

July 27, 1917
Brooklyn, New York
United States

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