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Abby Stein

Birthdate: 1. October 1991

Abby Stein is an American transgender author, activist, blogger, model, speaker, and 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. In 2015, she founded the first support group nationwide for trans people of Orthodox Jewish 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. Though Stein did not work as a rabbi after leaving Orthodox Judaism until at least 2016, by 2020, she had re-embraced her title as rabbi, and currently works in many capacities as a rabbi. In 2018, she co-founded Sacred Space, a multi-faith project "which celebrates women and non-binary people of all faith traditions". Wikipedia

„I have mood swings, but I can deal with that by watching Netflix and eating pickles.“

—  Abby Stein

Interview with Haaretz, February 14, 2017 http://www.haaretz.com/jewish/features/.premium-1.771440
2017

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„(On gender transition:) "It's hard, but it's possible."“

—  Abby Stein

In an interview with CNN, June 17, 2017 http://www.cnn.com/2017/06/17/health/transgender-orthodox-upbringing-trnd/index.html,
2017

„It’s past talking time. The time to say: ‘We’ll pray, and we’ll be fine’ is long over.“

—  Abby Stein

Interview with The Jewish Chronicle (UK), March 2, 2017 https://www.thejc.com/lifestyle/features/sex-change-rabbi-abby-stein-my-trans-agenda-1.433585/
2017

„There is no straight way to not being straight. We (Queer individuals) all have different stories.“

—  Abby Stein

Speech at Nyack Library, May 15, 2016. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PHXHcf47LJk&list=PLGAOZDy50dxnuaem8ls2U6285DxR9_jH9
2016

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