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From Chassidic Rabbi to Trans Activist
September 19, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm$18
ABOUT THIS LECTURE: The story of a girl, raised as a boy in the Hasidic world, ordained as a Rabbi, then left and came out as a Trans-Women. This session will explore the intersecting worlds of the Hasidic Community, Education, arranged marriages in today’s America, LGBTQ issues, and the story of the first Ex-Hasidic Transgender support group. Abby will share her story via pictures, videos, some texts, and a lot of storytelling. Followed by Q&A.
ABOUT THIS SPEAKER:
Abby Stein is an American transgender author, activist, blogger, model, rabbi, and speaker. 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. In 2015, she founded the first support group nationwide for trans people of Orthodox background.
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.