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Author Series - Abby Chava Stein

Please join us for our virtual Author Series featuring Abby Chava Stein!

Abby Chava Stein


Sunday, March 21 at 4:30 pm on Zoom
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Abby Stein is the tenth-gen­er­a­tion descen­dant of the Baal Shem Tov, the founder of the Hasidic move­ment. In 2015, Stein came out as a woman, and she now works as a trans activist. In 2019, she served on the steer­ing com­mit­tee for the Wom­en’s March in Wash­ing­ton, DC, and she was named by the Jew­ish Week as one of the “36 Under 36” Jews who are affect­ing change in the world. She lives in New York City. Abby Stein was raised in a Hasidic Jewish community in Brooklyn, isolated in a culture that lives according to the laws and practices of eighteenth-century Eastern Europe, speaking only Yiddish and Hebrew and shunning modern life. Stein was born as the first son in a dynastic rabbinical family, poised to become a leader of the next generation of Hasidic Jews.

But Abby felt certain at a young age that she was a girl. She suppressed her desire for a new body while looking for answers wherever she could find them, from forbidden religious texts to smuggled secular examinations of faith. Finally, she orchestrated a personal exodus from ultra-Orthodox manhood to mainstream femininity-a radical choice that forced her to leave her home, her family, her way of life.

Powerful in the truths it reveals about biology, culture, faith, and identity, Becoming Eve poses the enduring question: How far will you go to become the person you were meant to be?

In partnership with Congregation Beth Israel, Congregation Neveh Shalom, Congregation Shaarie Torah, Congregation Shir Tikvah, Havurah Shalom, and Jewish Community Center of the East Bay