Leah Vincent

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Leah Vincent
Born Leah Miller
(1982-02-05) February 5, 1982 (age 36)
Nationality American
Alma mater Brooklyn College
Occupation writer

Leah Vincent is an American author.

Early life and education

Leah Miller was raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania by a Yeshivish Jewish family. She was a student at Brooklyn College from 2002 to 2007. She graduated from Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government with a Master of Public Policy degree as a Pforzheimer Fellow in 2009.[1][2]


In her January 2014 memoir, Cut Me Loose: Sin and Salvation After My Ultra-Orthodox Girlhood, published by Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, Vincent describes her own experience leaving the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community and how she herself came to lead a self-determined life.

Vincent is an advocate for reform within the Orthodox Jewish community and for the empowerment of former Orthodox Jews seeking a self-determined life. She has spoken out on issues of abuse in the Orthodox community.[3]

Vincent is both a member and a board member of Footsteps, an organization that serves former ultra-Orthodox Jews who seek to enter or explore the world beyond the Jewish communities in which they were raised.[4] Her blogs calling for reform have been published by the Huffington Post, Unpious,[5] and Zeek.[6] In July 2013, in partnership with Footsteps and the UJA-Federation of New York, Vincent coordinated and hosted an event with a panel of rabbis from across the spectrum of progressive Jewish communities, the title of the event was “Beyond Romanticization and Vilification”. Vincent's speech as well as the ensuing panel discussion were broadcast by Shalom TV.[7]

She is also a co-producer of the It Gets Besser Project, a website which, imitating the methodology of the It Gets Better Project, aims to give hope to individuals struggling with the choice of leaving the ultra-Orthodox world.[8]


See also

External links


  1. Feith, Gena (2014-01-17). "Book Review: 'Cut Me Loose' by Leah Vincent". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 2014-01-28.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Meyers, Dvora (2014-01-16). "Leah Vincent Profile - 'Cut Me Loose: Sin and Salvation After My Ultra-Orthodox Girlhood'". ELLE. Retrieved 2014-01-28.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Leah Vincent, "Victims Protest: Rabbis, Protect Our Children," The Huffington Post, May 7, 2012.
  4. KatieCouric.com: Leah Vincent ," KatieCouric.com, May 7, 2012.
  5. Leah Vincent, "The Post-Ultra-Orthodox Death Prophecy," Unpious.com, October 7, 2013.
  6. Leah Vincent, "Victims Protest: Rabbis, Protect Our Children ," Forward.com, May 7, 2012.
  7. "Footsteps Panel: Vilification/Romanticization ," YouTube, May 7, 2012.
  8. http://www.GetsBesser.com, May 7, 2012.