Orthodox Woman to Become Highest-Ranking Woman in the NSA

July 24, 2019
Anne Neuberger
Anne Neuberger

The National Security Agency announced yesterday it is creating a new Cybersecurity Directorate, which will be headed by Anne (Chanie) Neuberger, making her the highest-ranking woman in the NSA. The new directorate will become operational on October 1. Back in 2012, Jewish Action interviewed Anne about how she manages to juggle her high-powered career and her familial responsibilities.

Read the interview here

You can also read or listen to this NPR interview with Neuberger from 2015.

Neuberger grew up in Brooklyn in an ultra-Orthodox family. She spoke Yiddish. Her grandparents were Holocaust survivors and her parents were on the hijacked Air France flight in 1976 and were saved by Israeli commandos.

“I try to lead an examined life,” she says. “I try to lead a life where I’m asking myself that question: Have I earned the gift of existence, in some way?”

Here’s what she said about Orthodox life in the NPR piece.

“The discipline and rigor, the restrictions on what one can eat, the restrictions on how one behaves, I hope I bring that in values, living true to one’s values, trying to bring that integrity into the way you approach your job each day and how you interact with people, every single day,” she says.

Neuberger’s point: Her professional achievements have come not in spite of her faith. They’ve come because of it.”

Read the full story here.


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