A transgender story: From male Orthodox activist to female author, educator in Jerusalem

January 15, 2015 7:00 PM

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A transgender story: From male Orthodox activist to female author, educator in Jerusalem

Yiscah Smith poses in her house in Jerusalem on Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015. Raised as Jeffrey Smith in Long Island, N.Y., the United States, she became religious as an adult, married, had six children with her then-wife, and spent time in Israel and the U.S. before she said helped run a Chabad visitor center in Jerusalem's Old City from 1985 to 1991. She later divorced and in 2001, at the age of 50, started a four-year process culminating with surgery that transitioned her into a woman. (AP Photo/Dan Balilty) (The Associated Press)

JERUSALEM – Twenty-five years ago, Yiscah Smith was a man who ran a Jerusalem educational center for Chabad — a religious group that helps bring unaffiliated Jews closer to their faith. These days, she is doing a different sort of outreach — as a transgender activist and educator who preaches a mes...

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