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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.

Through her writing, Abigail Pogrebin has explored what Jewish identity means in the 21st century. 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. 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 2016, 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.

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Abigail Pogrebin." (Viewed on June 8, 2023) <>.


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