Celebrated mother-daughter authors Letty Cottin Pogrebin and Abigail Pogrebin will be featured at a “Like Mother, Like Daughter” plenary session at Hadassah’s 98th National Convention, announced Ellen Hershkin, National President, Hadassah, The Women’s Zionist Organization of America, Inc. (HWZOA). Hershkin states, "Letty and Abigail Pogrebin represent two different generations of highly-respected, accomplished women in both the Jewish and mainstream communities. Their passionate discourse on such topics as feminism, parenting, relationships, Zionism and Judaism is the embodiment of ‘the power of women who do.' Their ‘Like Mother, Like Daughter’ plenary session is one of the most anticipated events on the convention schedule." Hadassah’s 98th National Convention takes place at the Marriott Marquis Hotel, Atlanta, GA. For registration information, please visit: www.hadassah.org/convention.
The July 27th appearance will be followed by a book signing featuring both authors’ latest works including Letty Cottin Pogrebin’s Single Jewish Man Seeking Soul Mate (The Feminist Press; 2016) and Abigail Pogrebin’s Stars of David (Broadway Books; 2007).
The theme of Hadassah's 98th National Convention -- “The Power of Our Dreams” -- incorporates the philosophy of Hadassah founder Henrietta Szold, “Dare to dream…and when you dream...dream big." Hadassah’s four-day, biennial conference will engage, inspire and educate Hadassah members from across the US. Letty Cottin Pogrebin and Abigail Pogrebin join Oscar®-winning actress Gwyneth Paltrow and a distinguished roster of inspirational speakers, best-selling authors, world-renowned medical experts, charismatic political leaders and passionate social activists. The Hadassah 98th National Convention will showcase the vibrant, thriving organization of 330,000 members, Associates and supporters as a leader in national conversations on health, medicine, Zionism and Israel, and advocacy for women's issues.
Letty Cottin Pogrebin, a lifetime member of Hadassah, is a founding editor of Ms. Magazine and the author of eleven books and hundreds of articles on a wide range of subjects including women's and family issues, Israel and Mid-East politics, Judaism and Jewish life, feminism, friendship, illness and wellness. A co-founder of the Ms. Foundation for Women and the National Women’s Political Caucus, Letty also won an Emmy Award for her work as the editorial consultant on Marlo Thomas’ book, record, and TV special, Free to Be...You and Me. In 2009, Letty was diagnosed with breast cancer, which inspired her recent book How to Be a Friend to a Friend Who's Sick. Her latest novel, Single Jewish Male Seeking Soul Mate was published last May. Among her many honors, she is a past recipient of the Myrtle Wreath Award from the Northern New Jersey and the Nassau County Regions of Hadassah. She has identical twin daughters, Robin and Abigail, and a son, David, and is the grandmother of six.
A graduate of Yale University, Abigail Pogrebin is the author of Stars of David: Prominent Jews Talk about Being Jewish (Doubleday/Broadway Books 2005), which went into eight hardcover printings and was adapted for the Off-Broadway stage. Her second book for Doubleday was a frank look at every facet of twin-ship: One and the Same: My Life as an Identical Twin and What I've Learned About Everyone's Struggle to be Singular (2009). Pogrebin began her career in broadcast journalism, producing for PBS and CBS News’ 60 Minutes. She segued to print journalism after the birth of her two children and has written for Brill’s Content, Talk, Newsweek, New York Magazine, The New York Times Travel section, The Daily Beast, The Huffington Post, Harper’s Bazaar, Good Housekeeping, Self, Parents, Salon, Tablet and Ladies Home Journal. She is President of the renowned Central Synagogue in New York City.
For registration and program schedule information, visit: www.hadassah.org/convention.
Hadassah, The Women’s Zionist Organization of America, Inc. (HWZOA) is the largest Jewish women’s organization in the United States. With 330,000 members, associates and supporters Hadassah brings Jewish women together to effect change and advocate on critical issues such as medical care and research, women's empowerment, and the security of Israel. Through the Hadassah Medical Organization's two hospitals, the world-renowned trauma center and the leading research facility in Jerusalem, Hadassah supports the delivery of exemplary patient care to over a million people every year. HMO serves without regard to race, religion or nationality and earned a Nobel Peace Prize Nomination in 2005 for building “bridges to peace” through equality in medical treatment. For more information, visit www.hadassah.org.