Abby Stein is a Jewish educator, writer, speaker, and activist. A 10th generation descendent of the Baal Shem Tov, she was born and raised in a Hasidic family of rabbinic descent. In that world, Abby attended Vizhnitz Yeshiva, completing a rabbinical degree in 2011. In 2012, she left the Hasidic world to explore different world views.
In 2015, Abby came out as a woman of trans experience; she's been working to raise support and awareness for transgender rights and those leaving Ultra-Orthodoxy ever since. Her story has been covered widely by The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Forward, NBC News, Vogue, InStyle, CNN, Fox News, Showtime among others. In 2016, Abby was named one of The Jewish Week's “36 Under 36” young Jews who are affecting change in the world. A current Columbia University gender studies and political science student, her memoir Becoming Eve will be published by Seal Press in fall 2019.