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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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Stella Heinsheimer Freiberg

Stella Heinsheimer Freiberg helped found the Reform Movement’s National Federation of Temple Sisterhoods and pushed for the major American Reform organizations to join the World Union for Progressive Judaism.

November 29, 1862
Cincinnati, Ohio
United States
Bernice Sains Freid
Bernice Sains Freid

Bernice Sains Freid called her time in WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service) during WWII “the happiest days of my life.”

June 12, 1923
Recha Freier
Recha Freier

Recha Schweitzer Freier founded Youth Aliyah in Berlin in 1932, saving thousands of Jews from the Holocaust.

October 29, 1892
Norden
Germany
Lillian Freiman
Lillian Freiman

Best known in her native Canada for mobilizing aid for soldiers and veterans, Lillian Bilsky Freiman was also instrumental in raising funds for the new State of Israel.

1885
Ottawa
Canada
Else Frenkel-Brunswik

Forced to flee pogroms in her childhood and the Anschluss as an adult, Else Frenkel-Brunswik strove to understand the psychological roots of racism.

August 18, 1908
Lemberg
Ukraine
Anna Freud and Sigmund Freud in the Dolomite Alps, Italy, 1913
Anna Freud

Through her studies of children, Anna Freud shaped the fields of both child psychology and developmental psychology.

December 3, 1895
Vienna
Austria
Gisele Freund
Gisele Freund

From her photographs of a rally in Berlin to her insightful portraits of Evita Perón, Gisèle Freund captured the people who shaped the early twentieth century.

1912
Berlin
Germany
Miriam Freund-Rosenthal
Miriam Freund-Rosenthal

Miriam Freund-Rosenthal brought her passion for art and history to her leadership of Hadassah, convincing the artist Marc Chagall to create stained glass windows for Hadassah’s medical center in Jerusalem and compiling a history of Hadassah for posterity.

January 1, 1906
Betty Friedan at the ERA march in Washington, DC, July 9, 1978
Betty Friedan

For her acclaimed book, The Feminine Mystique, and her presidency of the National Organization for Women, Betty Friedan is hailed as the mother of second wave feminism.

February 4, 1921
Peoria, Illinois
United States
Jane Friedenwald

Jane Ahlborn Friedenwald used her position as a member of one of the most prominent Jewish families in Baltimore to support and promote vital Jewish causes and institutions.

1847
Manchester
United Kingdom
Marta Friedländer-Garelik

Marta Friedländer-Garelik’s early visit to a factory convinced her to stay in school and become a lawyer, but ironically, working in a factory during WWII sent her on a new path to become a clothing designer.

December 26, 1906
Vienna
Austria
Debbie Friedman
Debbie Friedman

Debbie Friedman’s music transformed prayers for Jews across the movements.

February 23, 1951
Utica, New York
United States
Jaclyn Friedman
Jaclyn Friedman

Jaclyn Friedman voiced new possibilities for sex-positive feminism and a rejection of rape culture as editor of Yes Means Yes: Visions of Female Sexual Power and a World Without Rape.

Boston, Massachusetts
United States
Ruth Balinsky Friedman
Ruth Balinsky Friedman

One of the first graduates of Yeshivat Maharat, the first Orthodox seminary to ordain women, Maharat Ruth Balinsky Friedman is crafting a new model of religious leadership for Orthodox women and girls.

1985
Evanston, Illinois
United States
Charlotte Friend

Cell biologist and immunologist Charlotte Friend furthered our understanding of cancer through her discovery of a virus that could transmit leukemia.

March 3, 1921
New York, New York
United States
Ida Weis Friend

As a suffragist, a philanthropist, and a leader of Jewish women’s organizations, Ida Weis Friend worked to improve the lives of those in her community on many levels.

June 30, 1868
Natchez, Mississippi
United States
Esther Friesner
Esther Friesner

Fantasy author Esther Friesner uses humor and imagination in her writing to question the tropes and clichés about women in general and feminists in particular.

July 16, 1951
Brooklyn, New York
United States
Ruth Bernard Fromenson

For twenty-five years, Ruth Bernard Fromenson worked with Hadassah to send supplies to Palestine, from clothes and medical supplies to toys for war orphans.

1880
Rochester, New York
United States
"I Never Promised You a Rose Garden" Book Cover, Joanne Greenberg
Frieda Fromm-Reichmann

A gifted therapist immortalized by her former patient in the novel I Never Promised You a Rose Garden, Frieda Fromm-Reichmann found new and innovative ways to treat schizophrenics.

October 23, 1889
Barbara Frum Public Library in Toronto
Barbara Frum

Barbara Rosberg Frum earned a reputation as one of Canada’s all-time great journalists for her ability to gently pressure interviewees into revealing truths.

September 8, 1937
Niagara Falls, New York
United States
"Lillian Fuchs: First Lady of the Viola," by Amedee Daryl Williams
Lillian Fuchs

While Lillian Fuchs was also a gifted teacher and composer, she is best remembered for her soulful viola performances, which inspired composers to create pieces specifically for her.

November 18, 1902
Sonia Pressman Fuentes
Sonia Pressman Fuentes

Sonia Pressman Fuentes, the first female attorney in the office of the general counsel of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, helped extend the Civil Rights Act’s protections of equal opportunity to all people regardless of gender.

May 30, 1928
Berlin
Germany
Carrie Bamberger Frank Fuld
Carrie Bamberger Frank Fuld

Carrie Bamburger Frank Fuld joined her brother and husband in creating and supporting hospitals, schools, and most notably the Institute for Advanced Study, which welcomed Albert Einstein and others engaged in pure research.

March 16, 1864
Baltimore, Maryland
United States
Norma Fields Furst

Norma Fields Furst used her positions of authority at different colleges and universities to garner support for civil rights and gender equality within academia.

February 26, 1931
Brooklyn, New York
United States
Henriette Furth
Henriette Furth

Despite facing ongoing anti-Semitism, journalist Henriette Katzenstein Fürth remained a passionate and vocal German patriot throughout her life.

August 15, 1861
Giess
Germany

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