Letty and Abigail Pogrebin, Mother and Daughter

Arthur J. Magida

in Opening the Doors of Wonder

Published by University of California Press

Published in print October 2006 | ISBN: 9780520245457
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520941717 | DOI:
Letty and Abigail Pogrebin, Mother and Daughter

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This chapter describes the experience of Letty Cottin Pogrebin and Abigail Pogrebin, mother and daughter, while accepting Judaism and passing through the phase of their bat mitzvahs. Letty—pioneering feminist, a founder of Ms. Magazine, author of several books—worked on everything from Free to Be You and Me, that seventies paean to gender equality, to Deborah, Golda, and Me, her sometimes brutally honest memoir. And Abigail—a former producer at 60 Minutes and a writer herself—is the author of the bestseller Stars of David, in which celebrities discuss what being Jewish means to them. The chapter also describes their journey laden with family issues: resentments and confusion and a certain paternal arrogance, with three generations approaching Judaism in ways healthy or borderline sociopathic, with feeling accepted, betrayed, marginalized, and accepted again, on their own terms and in their own way. In the end, with much thought and great determination, each Pogrebin ended up at a very happy destination.

Keywords: Letty Cottin Pogrebi; Abigail Pogrebin; Ms. Magazine; bat mitzvahs; Stars of David

Chapter.  6851 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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