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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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Rose Brenner
Rose Brenner

As president of the National Council of Jewish Women, Rose Brenner focused on inclusion of people who were often marginalized—the deaf, the blind, and those isolated in rural areas.

April 3, 1884
Brooklyn, New York
United States
Marla Brettschneider
Marla Brettschneider

As a political philosopher, Marla Brettschneider examined issues of feminist, queer, class-based, and Jewish political theory and activism.

Fanny Brice
Fanny Brice

The original funny girl, Fanny Brice earned a reputation as a vaudeville star before creating some of her best-loved comedic personae for radio.

October 29, 1891
New York, New York
United States
Jeannette Goodman Brill
Jeanette Goodman Brill

As the first woman magistrate in Brooklyn and the second woman magistrate in New York, Jeanette Goodman Brill believed women had an aptitude and responsibility to judge cases involving women and children.

1889
New York, New York
United States
Fanny Fligelman Brin
Fanny Fligelman Brin

Fanny Fligelman Brin used her position as president of the National Council of Jewish Women to mobilize support for international peace efforts throughout the 1930s and 1940s.

1884
Berlad
Romania
Deborah Brin

Deborah Brin, one of the first openly gay rabbis, led the first prayer service for Women of the Wall at the Conference for the Empowerment of Jewish Women in 1988.

Minneapolis, Minnesota
United States
Ruth F. Brin
Ruth F. Brin

Ruth F. Brin helped transform modern prayer with her evocative writing, translation, and poetry.

May 5, 1921
St. Paul, Minnesota
United States
Ruth Hagy Brod
Ruth Hagy Brod

Ruth Hagy Brod’s varied career as a journalist, documentary filmmaker and literary agent made her the ideal publicity director for Job Orientation In the Neighborhoods, helping high school dropouts train for careers.

May 31, 1911
New York, New York
United States
May Brodbeck

May Brodbeck’s career in the sciences ran the gamut from teaching high school chemistry to exploring fundamental philosophical questions about the nature of human consciousness.

July 26, 1917
New Jersey
United States
Suzanne Brøgger, August 1, 1985
Suzanne Brogger

Born to Jewish refugees in Denmark during the Nazi occupation, Suzanne Brogger made her family’s story the heart of her powerful novels and essays.

November 18, 1944
Copenhagen
Denmark
E.M. Broner
E.M. Broner

Esther M. Broner’s revolutionary women’s Seder opened up new possibilities for reimagining Jewish rituals to include women’s voices.

July 8, 1927
Detroit, Michigan
United States
Sally Bronston
Sally Bronston

Committed to youth leadership long before Hurricane Katrina, Sally Bronston lobbied on behalf of her community through the New Orleans Youth Leadership Council before turning to a career in journalism.

March 17, 1991
Metairie, Louisiana
United States
Shifra Bronznick
Shifra Bronznick

As president of Advancing Women Professionals and the Jewish Community, Shifra Bronznick led the charge in demanding more women leaders of major Jewish organizations.

1954
New York, New York
United States
Claire Brook

Claire Brook made important innovations to publishing as the music editor of W.W. Norton, such as including CD recordings with music textbooks.

1925
New York, New York
United States
Geraldine Brooks
Geraldine Brooks

Geraldine Brooks had a stellar career as a foreign correspondent for the Wall Street Journal, but it was her 2005 novel March which won her the Pulitzer Prize.

September 14, 1955
Sydney
Australia
Fanny Brooks
Fanny Brooks

Rather than try her fortune directly through prospecting, Fanny Brooks followed the Gold Rush as a teenager and opened a successful general store and boarding house, creating the infrastructure to support other pioneers.

1837
Schweidnitz
Germany
Joyce Brothers Cropped
Joyce Brothers

Joyce Brothers used her unlikely success as a game show contestant to launch her career as one of the best-known media psychologists in America.

October 29, 1929
New York, New York
United States
Sharon Brous
Sharon Brous

Sharon Brous founded IKAR (essence), a community blending innovative spirituality and strong social justice values to reengage disaffected Jews.

1973
Sandra Brown
Sandra Brown

A tireless leader of the Toronto Jewish community, Sandra Brown dedicated her volunteering career to improving Jewish schools.

1941
St. John, New Brunswick
Canada
Rosellen Brown
Rosellen Brown

In her fiction, Rosellen Brown confronted themes of alienation, responsibility for others, and racial tension in America.

May 12, 1939
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
United States
Bobbi Brown
Bobbi Brown

Tired of the 1980s trends towards gaudy, bright lipstick and eye shadow, Bobbi Brown launched her signature makeup line featuring more natural colors.

April 14, 1957
Chicago, Illinois
United States
Susan Brownmiller
Susan Brownmiller

Susan Brownmiller sparked a fundamental shift in society’s understanding of rape with her groundbreaking book, Against Our Will: Men, Women, and Rape.

February 15, 1935
Brooklyn, New York
United States
Elana Brownstein, July 2002
Elana Brownstein

Representing a new generation of women activists, Elana Brownstein advocated for countless causes, ranging from body image to AIDS orphans, while still in high school.

1985
Pikesville, Maryland
United States
"Eating Disorders: Obesity, Anorexia Nervosa and the Person Within" Front Cover by Hilde Bruch, 1973
Hilde Bruch

Hilde Bruch’s seminal work on eating disorders contributed significantly to understanding and treatment of the diseases in the 1970s.

March 11, 1904
New York, New York
United States
Carry van Bruggen
Carry van Bruggen

Fighting the constraints of her Orthodox upbringing and expectations of her role as a wife and mother, novelist Carry van Bruggen wrote movingly of both the need for freedom and the isolation it could bring.

January 1, 1881
Smilde
Netherlands

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