Abby Stein, photo credit Isabel Epstein

Women of the J Presents Exceptional Women Series with Abby Stein

Women of the J, a program of the Boulder JCC, welcomes Abby Stein virtually as part of their Exceptional Women Speaker Series. Abby Stein is the author of “Becoming Eve: My Journey from Ultra-Orthodox Rabbi to Transgender Woman.” On Tuesday, May 4 at 6:00 pm MT, she will share her journey from being born and raised in a Hasidic family of rabbinic descent to completing a rabbinical degree to leaving the Hasidic world to explore a self-determined life. Abby came out as a woman of trans experience in 2015. Since coming out, she has been working to raise support and awareness for trans rights and those leaving Ultra-Orthodoxy.

Abby Stein is a Jewish educator, author, speaker, and activist. She is a direct descendant of the Baal Shem Tov, the founder of Hasidic Judaism. Abby attended Yeshiva, completing a rabbinical degree in 2011. Her story has been covered in the New York Times, New York Post, Wall Street Journal, 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, and internationally. In 2016, Abby was named by The Jewish Week as one of the “36 Under 36” young Jews who are inspiring change in the world. In 2018, she was awarded the Pride Award by the Brooklyn Borough President. She studied gender studies and political science at Columbia University in New York City.

Registration is required and you will have the option to purchase Abby’s book. We want to ensure our programs are available to everyone in our community. Please contact Shari Blake Schnee at if you need assistance to participate.

Partners: Aspen Jewish Congregation, Jewish Community Center of Staten Island, JCC Greater Boston

Co-Promoters include: ADL Mountain States, Boulder Hadassah, Congregation Har HaShem, CU Boulder Hillel, Out Boulder County, Repair the World Denver, and Staenberg-Loup Jewish Community Center.

Women of the J Programs are Underwritten in Honor of Marc H. Monheimer by the Mervyn L. Brenner Foundation

About Shari Schnee

Shari Blake Schnee is the Shalom Family and Camp Director at the Boulder Jewish Community Center (BJCC).

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