Episode 1: The Pilot's Pilot

Our pilot episode is about … pilots! Elynor Rudnick and Zohara Levitov grew up on different continents: one in America, one in British-ruled Palestine. In the 1940s, they were both young Jewish women with pilot's licenses. During some of the most turbulent years in modern Jewish history, their stories were woven together—not by fate, but by flight. Plus, Deb Dreyfus, a modern day Jewish woman pilot, takes our host Nahanni Rous for a spin in her four-seater Cessna.

Released January 25, 2016
  • Zohara Levitov

  • Pilot Deb Dreyfus with her plane

  • Article about Elynor Rudnick in the Bakersfield Californian from April 10, 1945

  • Newspaper clipping from the Bakersfield Californian describing Elynor Rudnick as an "aviatrix." April 1, 1948.

  • Zohara Levitov with fellow pilots at Elynor Rudnick's flying field in Bakersfield, CA

  • Right: Zohara Levitov's death notice, signed by David Ben Gurion. Left: the letter to Zohara's family, from 1949.

  • Zohara Levitov flying a plane
  • Deb Dreyfus with her plane
  • Elynor Rudnick Article
  • Elynor Rudnick Newspaper Clipping
  • Zohara Levitov with pilots in Bakersfield, CA
  • Zohara Levitov's Death Notice and letter to her family

How to cite this page

Jewish Women's Archive. "Episode 1: The Pilot's Pilot." (Viewed on January 22, 2020) <https://jwa.org/podcasts/canwetalk/pilots-pilot>.


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