Abigail Pogrebin

b. May 17, 1965

by JWA Staff
Our work to expand the Encyclopedia is ongoing. We are providing this brief biography for Abigail Pogrebin until we are able to commission a full entry.

Abigail Pogrebin, photo courtesy of Ms. Pogrebin.

The daughter of Ms. Magazine co-founder Letty Cottin Pogrebin, Abigail Pogrebin came of age surrounded by major figures of the women’s movement, many of whom were struggling with their Jewish identities and reinterpreting Judaism through a feminist lens. After graduating from Yale University in 1987, Pogrebin worked as a broadcast producer for Bill Moyers and Charlie Rose at PBS, then for Mike Wallace and Ed Bradley at 60 Minutes, before turning to freelance journalism for Newsweek, Tablet, and the Forward, among others. Through her writing, she explores the meaning of Jewish identity in the 21st century. In 2005 she published Stars of David: Prominent Jews Talk About Being Jewish, followed by One and the Same: My Life as an Identical Twin and What I’ve Learned About Everyone’s Struggle to Be Singular in 2009. In 2011 she published the Kindle Single Showstopper, about her experience as a cast member in a failed Broadway musical. In 2017, after a year of challenging herself to observe all the major and minor Jewish holidays while researching both the tradition and current practices, she wrote My Jewish Year: 18 Holidays, One Wondering Jew, which was a 2018 finalist for the National Jewish Book Award. Pogrebin co-hosts Tablet magazine’s Torah discussion podcast “Parsha in Progress” with Rabbi Dov Linzer. From 2015 to 2018, she served as the president of New York’s Central Synagogue. She also served as the Director for Jewish Outreach for Micheal Bloomberg’s 2020 presidential campaign. 


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Jewish Women's Archive. "Abigail Pogrebin." (Viewed on April 25, 2024) <http://jwa.org/encyclopedia/article/pogrebin-abigail>.