Shabbaton Being Postponed and a Speaking Tour in South Florida


We had an overwhelming response to our announcement about a JITC/Mayim Bialik Shabbaton. Unfortunately, Mayim has had a change in her schedule. Therefore, we will not be able to do the Shabbaton in May as planned, but are looking into another time to do it instead. Stay tuned!

My kids are off this week for yeshiva winter vacation, so we’ve spent the week in South Florida (a nice break from the chill up North!) and while we’re here, I’m giving four talks. So it’s really more of a workation, but we grateful for this time together in a beautiful place nonetheless.

Please note, I’ve added some new topics to the speaking page. The more talks I give, the more interest there seems to be for more, thank God, which is great for getting the mission of JITC out to people, but also helps keep the site going as I don’t take a salary for anything related to the site. If you’d like to find out how to bring Jew in the City to your city, please contact me here.




  1. Yocheved Zemel : February 5, 2012 at 2:41 am


    I am a resident of Jerusalem, & am awfully busy. Still, I am writing because my daughter, who accesses you, told me that people in the States have a distorted picture of life here, especially the relationships between Chareidi and Modern Orthosdox people. In my family and in my circle of friends we have both Chareidi and MO people, and get along fine. If you need examples, there are many. The situation in Bet Shemesh is so blown out of proportion that it is unfortunate. I just went to a wedding where the groom was Zioni Dati & he and his friends wore ki pot Srugot (knitted). The bride was from a Chareidi family, and her father wore a black hat. The seating was separate in deference to her family. I have also seen were there is mixed seating in a similar circumstance, with the Chareidi family electing to have a few tables of separate seaters.

    The point being, that families work things out. Going to weddings where there are non-observant, and various degrees of observance among attendees is common,

    When you walk the streets, you often see religious and non- religious friends getting together and embracing warmly. If I can help you dispel the distorted rumors about divisions in Israel, I’d like to.

    Of course, there are extremists in all camps, but they are the minority, at least in my experience,

    Shavuah Tov,

    Yocheved Miriam

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