Abigail Pogrebin

Twins: A Love Story

Teaching in English from New York, NY, USA | Moderated by Miri Dauber and presented by the Jewish Book Council

Family relationships are the bedrock upon which people may begin to shape their identity, their worldview, and their interactions with others. Parents may be our first mentors, siblings our first peers. As intense, intrinsic, beautiful and difficult as the love among family members may be, for those who are born as part of a set – and even more so, a matched set – navigating through the profound connections and questions of identity becomes even more complicated. In One and the Same: My Life as an Identical Twin and What I’ve Learned About Everyone’s Struggle to Be Singular, journalist Abigail Pogrebin explores the love and devotion, nuances and dilemmas that are magnified by twinships – fom Esav and Yaakov to Mengele survivors, from twins who are estranged to those who have never separated–through research and interviews with experts, scientists and twins, and by examining her own relationship with her identical twin sister.

pogrebinAbigail Pogrebin is the author of the bestselling Stars of David: Prominent Jews Talk about Being Jewish, for which she interviewed 62 public figures, including Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Steven Spielberg, Natalie Portman and Larry King about their Jewish connection – or lack of it. She also wrote the memoir, One and the Same, which delves into the potent questions and hurdles surrounding twins and identity. A Yale graduate, Abigail was a producer for Charlie Rose and Bill Moyers at PBS, then for Ed Bradley and Mike Wallace at 60 Minutes. She has been published in Newsweek, Tablet, The Daily Beast and many other publications. She recently completed a column for The Forward about researching and living every single Jewish holiday in our calendar, called “18 Holidays; One Wondering Jew” for which she interviewed 40 rabbis of every denomination. And she has her own interview series at The JCC in Manhattan called “What Everyone’s Talking About” for which she has interviewed Malcolm Gladwell, Nicholas Kristof, Nora Ephron, and David Remnick, among others. Abby lives in Manhattan with her husband and two teenage children.