Abby Stein, the first openly transgender woman raised in a Hasidic community
The inclusion committee and Temple Beth El are thrilled to welcome Abby Stein as our guest speaker and educator for April. Ms. Stein, in her late 20s, is a transgender activist, author, blogger, model, and speaker. She is the first openly transgender woman raised in a Hasidic community. Ms. Stein is a direct descendant of the founder of Hasidic Judaism, the Baal Shem Tov. She is also an ordained Rabbi in the Orthodox tradition, having been ordained before coming out as transgender. In addition to her activism work, Ms. Stein founded a support group for transgender people within and from the Ultra-Orthodox community and works closely with groups supporting people who have decided to leave the Ultra-Orthodox community. She currently also attends Columbia University. Ms. Stein will be working with our high school students and educators as well as addressing the congregation and sharing her uniquely fascinating story.
Abby tells her own story as being a woman of trans experience, and of having transitioned twice – first from the Ultra-Orthodox Hasidic community in which she was raised to the more mainstream Jewish and secular communities around her, and then from a male to female body. She is a well-regarded and sought after speaker and educator for her compassionate and humorous approach to speaking, not only about her personal journey, but about all of our quest for belonging to ourselves, our families, and our communities.
As Temple Beth El is committed to making all members of our community feel welcome and supported, we have asked Ms. Stein to speak at our Shabbat Worship Service and we invite the entire TBE community to hear her unique story.