Abby Stein

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Abby Chava Stein
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Stein in 2019
Born
NationalityAmerican
EducationColumbia University (currently attending)
Occupation
  • Activist
  • author
Years active2012–present
Known forTransgender activism
Home townWilliamsburg, Brooklyn, New York
Height5 ft 7 in (170 cm)
TelevisionDark Net
Spouse(s)
Fraidy Horowitz (m. 2010⁠–⁠2013)
Children1
Parent(s)Rabbi Menachem Mendel Stein, Chaya Sheindel Stein
Abby Stein
GenreNon-Fiction
SubjectsMemoir, LGBT Literature, Jewish literature
Notable workBecoming Eve: My Journey from Ultra-Orthodox Rabbi to Transgender Woman

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WebsiteThe Second Transition

Abby Stein is an American transgender author, activist,[1] blogger,[2] model, speaker, and former rabbi. She is the first openly transgender woman raised in a Hasidic community, and is a direct descendant of Hasidic Judaism's founder the Baal Shem Tov.[3] In 2015, she founded the first support group nationwide for trans people of Orthodox background.[4]

Stein is also the first woman, and the first openly transgender woman, to have been ordained by an Orthodox institution, having received her rabbinical degree in 2011, before coming out as transgender.[5] She has not worked as a rabbi since at least 2016.[6]

Early life[edit]

Stein was born in 1991 in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, in New York City. She is the 6th child out of 13 born to a family of notable Hasidic leaders.[7] Her family is of Polish, Ukrainian/Romanian, Serbian, and Israeli descent, with modern Ukraine being the predominant origin.[8] She grew up speaking Yiddish and Hebrew and was educated at a traditional all boys Jewish Day School. The community in which she grew up was highly segregated by gender, which impacts almost all aspects of daily life.[9] She attended the Viznitz Yeshiva in Kiamesha Lake, Upstate New York[10] for her high school education, also receiving ordination as a rabbi there in 2011.[11] In 2012 she left the Hasidic community (often referred to in Jewish communities as going "off the derech"), and in 2014 she started school at Columbia University's School of General Studies.

Coming out[edit]

Abby Stein at University of California, Berkeley in April 2016

In November 2015 Stein made headlines when she came out on her blog as transgender,[12] and started physical transition. She was featured in some major media outlets, including The New York Times,[13] New York Post,[14] New York Magazine,[15] NBC,[16] Daily Dot,[17] and more. She also appeared on TV, on CNN,[18] Fox News,[19] HuffPost Live,[20] and Vice Canada.[21] She also appeared on several international TV networks,[1] and in numerous international newspapers and magazine in over 20 different languages.[22][23][24] [25][26]

When Stein left her community in 2012 and came out as an atheist, her parents said that "No matter what happens, no matter how you are, you are still my child." However, when she came out as trans, her father told her that "You should know that this means I might not be able to talk to you ever again."[27] Since then her parents shunned her, and stopped talking with her altogether.[28] She has also received some hate from her former community,[29] though in an interview with Chasing News (a Fox News Short film company) she said that she got less hate than some people would have expected.[19]

Stein was featured in the 2016 Showtime Documentary series, Dark Net, in episode 8, "Revolt".[30]

Name change[edit]

On June 4, 2016, Stein celebrated her transition and announced her name change to Abby Chava Stein at Romemu, a Jewish Renewal synagogue in the Upper West Side neighborhood of New York City.[31][32] In an interview with The Huffington Post, she said that even though she did not believe in God, she wanted to celebrate in a synagogue:

I wanted to show that if you claim being trans is unacceptable in traditional Judaism, well, here is a community that is not just okay with accepting me as I am, but is celebrating with me, rejoicing with me. What I’m hoping is that by sharing my story, others in the same situation will realize that you can have your name changed in a synagogue. There are so many synagogues where you can’t, but there are also those where you can—the Jewish Reform movement, the Conservative movement. Within Orthodoxy, there’s still a long way to go. Every time something like this is done, it’s one step closer to acceptance for everyone.[33]

Publications[edit]

Stein reads from her book, Becoming Eve, during a December 2019 talk at the California Institute of Integral Studies.

Stein's first book, "Becoming Eve: My Journey From Ultra Orthodox Rabbi To Transgender Woman", a memoir, was published by Seal Press (Hachette) on November 12, 2019.[34][35][36][37] ISBN 9781580059169.

Her writings have also been published in "Queer Disbelief: Why LGBTQ Equality is an Atheist Issue," written by Camille Beredjick,[38] edited by Hemant Mehta, and published by Friendly Atheist. Stein wrote an essay specifically for the book, titled "Trans Woman (and Former Hasidic Jew): Atheists Should Support the LGBTQ Movement."[39] ISBN 978-0692989647.

Stein also contributed to Jewels of Elul: A Letter to Myself XII, a collection of essays published by singer/songwriter and music producer, Craig Taubman. Her essay, titled "Dayeinu" ("Enough" in Hebrew) focused on the question of "What If?" and explored an answer to the question of "What If you would have been" born or raised in different circumstances.[40]

Stein also contributed an essay to Kaye Blegvad's "The Pink Book: An Illustrated Celebration of the Color, from Bubblegum to Battleships" discussing her relationship with the color pink, the Hasidic community and the color, and her feelings about stereotypical femininity.[41] ISBN 978-1452174815.

Activism[edit]

After coming out, Stein started an online support group to help trans people who come from Orthodox backgrounds. Stein also said that Facebook and online support communities have been her lifeline while leaving her community, which made her realize the positive power of online communities.[42]

In December 2015 Stein founded a support group for trans people from Orthodox backgrounds.[43] The group's first meeting had 12 people attending, most of them fellow Hassids struggling with their gender identity.[44] Stein's avid blogging also gained her a big following in the Jewish community, and she has become a role model for former ultra-Orthodox Jews – both LGBTQ and not.[45]

Since coming out, Stein has also done several modeling projects depicting her life and transition, which have been published by numerous sites.[46] She told Refinery29 that "I actually liked [shooting], It did help me feel more comfortable," and that she does these projects to encourage others on their journey.[47] In 2018 she also did several photo shoots and modeling projects with major fashion magazines such as Vogue[48] and InStyle.[49]

In addition to transgender activism, Stein has also been active in several projects to help those going Off the derech and leaving the Ultra-Orthodox community. She has been working with Footsteps,[50] and its Canadian sister organization, Forward, for which she traveled to Montreal in 2016 to help jump start.[51] In addition, she has also done some lay advocacy work with YAFFED working towards a better education in the Hasidic schools, for which she has also engaged in political work.[52]

Public speaking[edit]

Stein's first public appearance was in a promotional video for Footsteps 10th anniversary gala in 2013, where she was interviewed about her experience leaving the Ultra-Orthodox Jewish community.[53] Around the same time, she also did interviews with The Wall Street Journal[54] and the Haaretz[55] about her experience leaving the community and fighting for custody. She also started giving public speeches on these topics.[56]

In addition to public speaking, she also teaches classes on Gender within Judaism, as well as bringing attention to trans people from Orthodox communities.[57] As of November 2016, she has had speeches at several universities. She has also done longer speaking tours to several communities in Montreal; the San Francisco Bay Area; and the New York metropolitan area.[58]

Starting in 2016 Stein has also become a rising star in demand for speaking engagements and conferences, such as the Limmud franchise,[59] where at the 2017 Limmud NY conference, she spoke more times than any other presenter.[60] At the same time she has also spoken internationally at conferences such as the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee's annual Junction Conference in Berlin,[61] and the Miles Nadal JCC's Tikkun in Toronto.

A big part of Stein's events have been with Hillel International affiliates all over the world. According to a 2017 report by Hillel "Stein has visited more than 100 campuses, sharing her story with thousands of students in hopes of teaching them the importance of inclusivity and that “Judaism and queerness are not a contradiction.”[62] Her events drew hundreds of students, where she talks about her life, Transgender in Judaism, Intersectionality, policy and politics as it relates to the LGBTQ community, and consulting on how to be more inclusive.[63][64]

Women's March Leadership[edit]

Stein on stage at the 2019 Women's March

In early 2019 Stein joined the Women's March leadership, as a member of the 2019 Steering Committee.[36] Despite some controversy surrounding the March and its leadership, Stein said that “I’m convinced that working with Women’s March people, we can gain so much more by working together even when there might be some parts we feel uncomfortable with,”[65] and "expressed solidarity with other Jewish women who are supporting the march on grounds that it has emerged as an important and growing coalition of marginalized groups including Jews, African Americans, Hispanics, and LGBT people."[66]

During the rally following the march, Stein also spoke on stage alongside Reverend Jacqui Lewis, senior minister of Middle Collegiate Church, and Muslim activist Remaz Abdelgader, leading the spiritual invocation opening the rally. During her speech, which she started with the traditional greeting of "Shabbat Shalom," she related the march to the Exodus, leading the audience in chants denouncing different forms of prejudice and oppression with a chant of "Let It Go."[67] She also called for unity saying that "A lot of people out there, a lot of people in the media are trying to divide us. What brings us together is not the fact that we are all the same. What brings us together is our differences."[68]

In 2020 Stein was a featured speaker[69] at the Women's March NYC, in Foley Square.[70]

Honors and awards[edit]

Stein with teenage trans activist, Jazz Jennings at the 2016 Philadelphia Trans Health Conference. They were both named as one of the "9 Jewish LGBTQ Activists You Should Know" by JTA and TOI.

American Jewish Press Association Rockower Award, First Place Award for Excellence in Personality Profiles. In the 2019 awards, Simi Horowitz's profile of Stein "Abby Stein: A Gender Transition Through a Jewish Lens" in the Moment Magazine[88] Received the first place award for Excellence in Personality Profiles. The AJPA commented saying that "This piece captures the humanity of Abby Stein, with an abundance of quietly telling details (like what she's eating during the interview). An impressive work."[89]

Filmography[edit]

In addition to a long list of interviews with major national and international news networks,[2] Stein has also been featured in several TV segments in the United States, Canada, Israel, Bulgaria, and more - in English, French, Hebrew, Bulgarian, Russian, Spanish, and Yiddish.

Year Title Role
2014 Huffington Post Live[90] TV Series; Episode: "Why Orthodox Jews Struggle to Leave Community" with Shulem Deen
2015 Huffington Post Live[91] TV Series; Episode: "Why This Trans Woman Left Hasidism To Embrace Her Gender Identity"
2015 Chasing News[92] Fox TV Series; Episode: "Free To Be Me"
2016/2018 Great Big Story[93] A CNN Web Series; Episode: "Transitioning to Freedom" - in 2018 the episode was aired again by "Great Big Story Nordics" with Swedish subtitles; Episode: "Transsexuell med ultraortodox bakgrund"[94]
2016 Dark Net[95] Showtime Television documentary series, Episode 8, "Revolt"
2016 Daily Vice - Canada[96] Canadian TV Series; Episode: "Les défis d'une activiste trans reniée par sa communauté juive hassidique" In French and in English
2017 NowThis Original[97] TV Series; Episode: "How This Hasidic Rabbi Became A Trans Woman" - Got 2.6 million views on Facebook alone.
2017 Shishi With Ayala Hasson[98] Israeli TV Series on Channel 10; Episode: "הכל אודות אבי: מסעו המופלא של האברך החרדי שהפך לאישה" (All About Abby: The Wonderful Journey of the Young Ultra-Orthodox Man That Became A Woman), In Hebrew
2017 The Theme of NOVA[99] Bulgarian TV Show; Episode: "Темата на NOVA: Свещеникът, който се моли да бъде жена" (The Rabbi Who Prays to Be a Woman) - this was Stein's first TV appearance in Eastern Europe, and Bulgaria's first transgender story on TV, in Bulgarian.
2017 PopSugar[100] Social Media series; Episode: "This Transgender Trailblazer Left the Hasidic Community to Live Her Truth as a Woman" - it got over 7 million views on Facebook alone,[101] the most of any of her videos
2017 DKISS[102] Spanish TV series; Episode: "Abby Stein cortó toda la relación con su familia cuando les contó que era transgénero" - Stein was not interviewed for this episode, in Spanish.
2017 Time Code - RTVi[103] International Russian-speaking TV series; Episode: "«Тайм-Код» с Владимиром Ленским. 16 июня" - Filmed at Columbia University, in Russian.
2017 FOX 5 News At 5[104] NYC TV news series; Episode: "Transgender woman's journey from Hasidim to a new life".
2017 A Plus: A Grain of Saul[105] Weekly Facebook based show; Episode: "To mark Transgender Day of Remembrance".
2017 The Rundown[106] TV show on the International Israeli channel i24NEWS; Episode: "Bridging Ultra-Orthodox and LGBT communities" in two parts,[107] in English
2018 Todo Noticias[108] Argentinian TV show; Episode: "Cómo un rabino ultraortodoxo (casado y con un hijo) se convirtió en mujer," and additional segment "Abby, el rabino ortodoxo que se convirtió en mujer"[109] in Spanish
2018 CAFE 100[110] Web Series; Episode: "Episode 2: Abby Stein"
2018 Huffpost Perspectives[111] TV Series; Episode: S1:E11 "This Trans Woman Left Her Hasidic Community To Fully Embrace Her True Self"
2018 TRENDING[112] TV Show hosted by Emily Frances; Episode: "From Ultra-Orthodox Rabbi to Transgender Woman"[113]
2018 Stern[114] German Magazine based Series as part of JWD by Joko Winterscheidt; Episode: "Abby Stein musste eine Welt aufgeben, in der sie Rabbiner sein sollte – um eine Frau zu sein," In German
2019 112BK[115] Brooklyn based BRIC TV weekly show; Episode: "A Hasidic Rabbi's Transition"
2019 Queer Kid Stuff[116] Web series educating kids on LGBTQ+ and social justice topics; Season 4, Episode 2: "Religion with Abby Chava Stein!"
2019 Studio 10[117] Australian morning talk show on Network Ten; Episode: "Abby Stein: From Orthodox Rabbi To Transgender Woman"
2019 Today Show[118] American morning talk show on NBC; Season 67, Episode: "Transgender Woman Chronicles Her Journey from Rabbi to Her True Self"
2020 Magellán[119] Hungarian Educational and Scientific show on Super TV2; Episode: "Rabbi volt, de nőként él tovább: Exkluzív interjú Abby Steinnel" (She was a rabbi, now she lives as a woman: An exclusive interview with Abby Stein), in Hungarian

Personal life[edit]

In 2010 Stein married a woman, Fraidy Horowitz, with whom she also had her son, Duvid.[120][deprecated source] The marriage was an arranged marriage by a matchmaker, and the couple only met for 15 minutes prior to the engagement.[121] As Stein left the community, she divorced her wife.[122] In an interview with The Wall Street Journal right after her divorce she said that "They had a good relationship," and that at the time of the divorce she was able to "obtain a 'normal agreement,' including weekly visits, joint custody, split holidays, joint decision-making on major life events and every second weekend with her son."[123]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

1.^ See below under filmography.
2.^ See the Media tab on her website.
3.^ Read more (in Hebrew): Twersky, Eluzer (2003). Stein, Menachem (ed.). Toldot Elʻazar. Brooklyn, NY. pp. 128–132..

References[edit]

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  8. ^ Abby C. Stein (April 23, 2017). "Holocaust Remembrance Day: A Personal Reflection". The Second Transition. Retrieved January 21, 2018.
  9. ^ Abby’s early life was defined by an extreme iteration of Jewish practice, but more relaxed forms of traditional Judaism are also divided along gender lines. Sacred Jewish texts, and by extension Jewish law, are in fact predicated upon an assumption of gender duality. A person’s sex determines what religious practices he or she is obliged to perform, and how he or she is expected to behave in social contexts. Brigit Katz, The New York Times, February 2, 2016.
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