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Abby Stein          

Transgender Activist Who Was Born into A Devout Hasidic Jewish Family

Abby Stein is a Jewish educator, writer, speaker, and activist. She was born and raised in a Hasidic family of rabbinic descent; she is the 10th generation of the Baal Shem Tov -- founder of Hasidic Judaism. In that world Abby attended Yeshiva, completing a rabbinical degree in 2011. In 2012, she left the Hasidic world to explore different world views. In 2015 Abby came out as a woman of trans experience. Since coming out, she has been working to raise support and awareness for trans rights and those leaving Ultra-Orthodoxy.

Her story has been covered in the New York Times, New York Post, WSJ, New York Magazine, Jewish Daily Forward, Daily Mail, NBC, Vogue, InStyle, and more, as well as live appearances on CNN, Fox News, HuffPost Live, ShowTime, NowThis, PopSugar, as well as internationally.

In 2016 Abby was named by The Jewish Week as one of the “36 Under 36” young Jews who are affecting change in the world. She is currently studying gender studies and political science at Columbia University.


From ultra-Orthodox rabbi to openly transgender: Abby Stein shares ...

Trans advocate Abby Stein opens up about her nontraditional journey in “ Becoming Eve: My Journey from Ultra-Orthodox Rabbi to Transgender Woman."

Abby Stein went from being an ultra-Orthodox rabbi to a transgender ...

Abby Stein lived as an ultra-Orthodox Hasidic Jew for most of her life, but says she always questioned the conventions of the faith. She left the community in ...

Transgender woman chronicles journey from rabbi to her true self

Becoming Eve” author Abby Stein, who grew up male in an Orthodox Jewish family, talks about her decision to become a transgender woman and activist.

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