Jewish women have paid a critical role in the development and survival of Judaism and in it being the only religion to have survived for 4,000 years.
Not many details of their contribution to Judaism have come down to us. These videos are mainly the stories of a few who played a critical role and whose details have come down to us.
Most of the videos below have come from the research of Dr Henry Abramson, the Dean of the Lander College of Arts and Sciences in Flatbush, New York whose work in online education stands out.
WHO WAS DONA GRACIA NASI? Dr. Henry Abramson 2015 (56.31) A heroic Jewish woman of the 16th century. Fleeing the Inquisition in Portugal, she used her considerable wealth and courage to spirit converso Jews out of Europe to refuge in Ottoman lands.
DONA GRACIA HOTEL & MUSEUM - TIBERIAS ISRAEL dona gracia 2014 (1.47) offers a different way to relax and to spend an enjoyable and unforgettable stay.
it is cultural experience, which enriches the spirit.
BENVENIDA ABRAVANEL AND THE EXPULSION FROM SPAIN Dr. Henry Abramson 2013 (55.13) an important Jewish leader in the early 16th century
WHO WAS QASMUNAH? Dr Henry Abramson 2014 (48.09) Preserved in a medieval anthology of women poets, Qasmunah's unique voice stands out as one of the few surviving voices of the Jewish Golden Age in Spain
BILHAH ABIGAILL LEVY FRANKS: THE JEWS OF COLONIAL AMERICA Dr. Henry Abramson 2014 (59.30)
Bilhah Abigaill Levy Franks lived in New York City in the early decades of the eighteenth century. Her correspondence with Naftali, her eldest son, reveals much about the inner life of a Jewish woman in colonial America
RAHEL VARNHAGEN: (1771-1833) JEWISH WOMEN IN 18TH CENTURY GERMANY Dr. Henry Abramson 2012 (56.41)
a German woman of Jewish background who was very active in the social and intellectual life of Berlin in the early 19th century.
SARAH, WIFE OF SHABBETAI TSVI Dr. Henry Abramson 2016 (49.54)
Orphaned by the Eastern European pogroms of 1648-49, the volatile Sarah became the spouse of the infamous messianic pretender.
Her life, filled with controversy, illustrates the egalitarian elements in Shabbetai Tsvi's antinomian message.
WHO WAS SARRA COPIA SULEM? Dr. Henry Abramson 2016 (49.22)
When a bright young lover of poetry in early 17th century Venice wrote to a senior literary figure, she was ultimately drawn into a public battle over her refusal to abandon her Jewish faith..
WHO WAS SALOME? Dr. Henry Abramson 2014 (41.20)
Briefly but notoriously mentioned in both Josephus and the Gospels, Salome was the granddaughter of King Herod who is best known for a salacious performance that resulted in the execution of John the Baptist. Who was Salome, and does her bit part play a significant role in the representation of Jews and Judaism in medieval Christian thought?
THE MAIDEN OF LUDMIR: WOMEN IN THE HASIDIC MOVEMENT Dr. Henry Abramson 2012 (53.06)
Khane-Rokhl Vebermakher, known popularly as The Maiden of Ludmir (c. 1806-c.1888
BETTY FRIEDAN AND JEWISH FEMINISM Dr. Henry Abramson 2013 (1.02.56)
Betty Friedan was a prominent American Jewish feminist leader. The author of the landmark The Feminine Mystique (1963), she later became the Founder of the National Organization of Women, and an important political activist for women's rights.
WUHSHA THE BROKER JEWISH WOMEN IN THE MEDIEVAL ECONOMY Dr. Henry Abramson 2012 (1.05.36)
Wuhsha the Broker, a Jewish woman in medieval Egypt whose life reflects interesting aspects of the role of women in the economy.