Civic Enrichment

No matter how secular the work, the foundation of family and Jewish values buttressed the lives and actions of the city’s women. This section demonstrates the leading roles and the far-reaching influence of Jewish women on the social, physical, and political landscape of the city. These women brought us public television, healthy streets and parks, preserved historic sites, museums, and many other advantages from our zoo to enticing bakeries to visiting novelists. By engaging in fields as diverse as business, commerce, law, governmental reform, politics, public safety, and city beautification, their efforts helped transform the street scenes we take for granted. These historical Jewish women activists as well as current ones crossed denominational and racial borders to improve the lives of all of their fellow citizens.