Moderator: ”Abby Stein: BEFORE”
Abby Chava Stein was born in Brooklyn, New York into a Hasidic family that traces their lineage back to the Baal Shem Tov. In her early twenties, after gaining the rabbinical smicha, she left her close-knit, hermetic community, pursued university studies, and in 2015 came out as a woman. In the first session, Abby will talk about the history and life of Hasidic dynasties, gender roles within the community, and Hasidic teachings that provide (surprisingly?) progressive insights into human nature.
Moderator: ”Abby Stein: AFTER”
She is the first openly transgender woman raised in a Hasdic community. In the second session, Abby will talk about her personal journey that led her to leave the community and embrace her womanhood outside of it. As a trans activist helping those who are still in the closet, she will also talk about the ways LGBTQ+ people can be celebrated within their communities.
Katrzyna works for the Jewish-Polish magazine Chidusz, published in Wroclaw since 2013, and lives in Stockholm. She has a degree in English Literature with a minor in Jewish Studies. She had worked at the Righteous Among the Nations Department at Yad Vashem and has been engaged in many projects concerning Jewish heritage in Poland.