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Jews You Should Know

Dec 31, 2018


Yehudit Abrams would have been a most unlikely candidate to be living and working in Jerusalem, but nothing about her life journey has been ordinary. Born to a devoutly Quaker mother in Idaho, as early as age ten Abrams began her restless search for spiritual truth. An astounding series of events led her to a Boise synagogue, and to Jewish mentors who nurtured her burgeoning interest in Judaism.

Abrams was also a brilliant mind, and at various times studied medicine, engineering and, of course, ranching!! A gifted cellist as well, her unprecedented variety of talents and interests make for a story both colorful and inspiring.

In recent years, Abrams pioneered MonitHer, a state-of-the-art detection apparatus that, when launched, will dramatically improve the monitoring of early-stage breast cancers and provide invaluable aid to diagnosticians and physicians in the field.

For her latest work, Abrams was awarded a prestigious grant from WeWork, and is enrolled at the Mass Challenge accelerator. Hear about her dramatic personal odyssey and inventive achievements in this week's episode!



Jews You Should Know introduces the broader community to interesting and inspiring Jewish men and women making a difference in our world. Some are already famous, some not yet so. But each is a Jew You Should Know.

The host, Rabbi Ari Koretzky, is Executive Director of MEOR Maryland (, a premier Jewish outreach and educational organization. MEOR operates nationally on twenty campuses and in Manhattan; visit the national website at

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A special thank you to Jacob Rupp of the Lift Your Legacy podcast for his invaluable production assistance.