As the year comes to a close, the New York Times Magazine published “The Lives They Lived,” an annual feature celebrating the lives of people who died over the last year. The collage is a mix of people known and unknown. This assortment of stories is more gender-balanced than the regular obituary section of the New York Times, which received criticism this year for its editorial policies regarding whose stories are important enough to record.

At JWA, we make an effort to record the stories of great Jewish women who fly under the radar. This year, we said goodbye to a number of impressive Jewish women – some of whom were recognized in the media, others not so much. So, today we present the JWA edition of  “The Lives They Lived.” I hope you find these women’s stories as inspiring as we do.

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