Namesort descending Profession
Angela Warnick Buchdahl Rabbi and Cantor

Angela and her sister were the only Asian-American kids at her synagogue. Despite feeling different in the Jewish community, Angela became the first Asian-American cantor in 1999 and the first Asian-American rabbi just two years later.

Anna Sokolow Dancer and Choreographer

 

The daughter of immigrants, Anna Sokolow discovered her love for dancing early in life. After studying and performing for many years, Anna traveled the world choreographing dances.

Bella Abzug Political Activist

Bella spent her life doing things that people told her she couldn’t because she was a woman. At a time in history when few women worked in law or politics, Bella was a lawyer and a politician, as well as a wife, mother, and sharp card player. She was proud to work for women’s equality everywhere.

Bobbie Rosenfeld Canadian Olympian - Track and Field

On weekdays, Fanny “Bobbie” Rosenfeld was an ordinary office worker in a Toronto chocolate factory. But at night and on weekends, she practiced the skills that would earn her the nickname “world’s best girl athlete.”

Bonnie Bernstein Sportscaster

Working in a profession traditionally dominated by men hasn’t slowed Bonnie Bernstein down. Always passionate about sports, Bonnie has been a sportscaster on radio and TV and is a spokeswoman and advocate for healthy living. She is currently a host on ESPN Radio.

Collier Meyerson Program Coordinator at Be'chol Lashon

Collier Meyerson has an African-American Christian mother and a white Jewish father. While some people struggled to accept Collier in the Jewish community because of her family background, she is proud of her Jewish identity, and now Collier is inspiring the Jewish community to welcome and celebrate diversity through her work.

Elena Kagan Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court

Elena Kagan has served as a teacher, lawyer, presidential advisor, and public servant. She was the first female Dean of Harvard Law School. In 2010, she became a Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.

Emma Lazarus Writer and Activist

Inspired by the experience of Jewish immigrants coming to America, Emma Lazarus wrote a poem called “The New Colossus.” These words are inscribed on the base of the Statue of Liberty.

Gabrielle Giffords Congresswoman

Gabrielle Dee Giffords, known as "Gabby" to her colleagues and to the public, served the people in Arizona’s 8th Congressional District from 2007 to January 2011. She is the third woman, and the first Jew, in Arizona’s history to be elected to Congress.

Galeet Dardashti Singer and Anthropologist

Galeet Dardashti comes from a long line of Persian Jewish vocalists. Her grandfather was one of the most celebrated classical singers in Iran, and her father is a well-known cantor. Galeet is the first woman in her family to make her mark in music.

Hilary Price Comic Strip Artist

At the age of 25, Hilary Price became the youngest woman to have a syndicated comic strip. Today her comics appear in more than 100 newspapers across the country. Inspired by her pets, Hilary also published a collection of her work called Reigning Cats & Dogs.

Jen Taylor Friedman Soferet (Torah scribe) and creator of “Tefillin Barbie”

Jen Taylor Friedman is known for creating “Tefillin Barbie” and for being the first woman in modern times to have written an entire Torah.

Jesse Epstein Filmmaker

Boston-born filmmaker Jesse Epstein investigates how magazines, movies, television, and other popular media affect how people feel about their bodies. Her films show how magazine images, mannequins, and peer pressure create an ideal of the “perfect” body and make some people feel ugly or “abnormal.”

Judith Belasco Director of Food Programs at Hazon

As Director of Food Programs at Hazon, Judith Belasco helps Jews think about healthy and environmentally friendly ways to grow and consume food.

Judith Resnik Astronaut

In August of 1984, Judith Resnik made history by becoming the first American Jew and the second American woman to travel into outer space. Sadly, she made history again a year and a half later when she died in the explosion of the Challenger Space Shuttle.

Judy Gold Comedian

After discovering her knack for stand-up comedy in college, Judy Gold went on to become a successful comic, writer, and actor. She uses material about her life as a Jew, a lesbian, and a mother on stage in a one-woman show.

Judy Wolf and Sue Wolf Fordham Education Activists

Judy Wolf grew up in a family where doing social justice was just another part of being Jewish. Her daughter Sue Wolf-Fordham followed in her mother’s footsteps to become an advocate for people with disabilities. Together the mother-daughter duo started a center and school for kids with special needs in Boston’s Ukrainian sister city, Dnepropetrovsk.

Julie Zauzmer Writer and Podcaster

Even as a 12-year-old, Julie wanted to change the world. By sharing her love for reading and writing with others, Julie helps people realize that they can make a big difference, too.

Lynn Amowitz Doctor and Public Health Activist

Trained as a doctor, Lynn Amowitz travels all over the world, from Africa to Afghanistan, working on health and human rights issues. She helps refugees and other people whose lives have been disrupted by violence, disease, and poverty.

Rashel Shophet-Ratner Veterinarian

As a veterinarian at the Animal Rescue League (ARL) of Boston, Dr. Rashel Shophet-Ratner enjoys working with animals—particularly small mammals, including guinea pigs, mice, rats, and ferrets—and their owners. Born in Kashan, Iran, Rashel attended veterinary school in the capital city Tehran. She later studied in New Zealand before coming to the United States.

Regina Spektor Singer, Pianist, Songwriter

When she was nine years old, Regina Spektor's family left the Soviet Union and moved to New York City. She took lessons in classical piano until, at the age of 17, she discovered she had a knack for songwriting. After touring with the band “the Strokes,” Regina launched her own solo career and quickly became popular around the world.

Sara Hurwitz Rabba

Rabba Sara Hurwitz is the first woman to serve officially as an Orthodox rabbi. She is also a founder of and teacher at Yeshivat Maharat, a school for Orthodox women who want to become religious leaders.