Modest Stylists, Modest Runways & Other Orthodox Jews in the News


The Orthodox Stylist Who Makes Stars Glimmer at the Oscars
When the annual awards season hits Hollywood, celebrity stylist Adena Rohatiner can spends days considering as many as 75 looks for a single client’s outfit. A member of West LA’s Modern Orthodox community, Rohatiner is the niece of Jeff Rohatiner, purveyor of Jeff’s Sausages, a local booming kosher eatery, as well as the niece of Rachel Zalis, a previous West Coast editor of Glamour magazine.

Israeli Models Hit the Catwalk for Modest Fashion Day
Forgoing the provocative and risque, a group of designers in Jerusalem on Thursday held Israel’s first major fashion show for Orthodox Jewish women, whose tradition requires they dress in conservative outfits. Hundreds of Orthodox women and fashionistas were in the audience for “Modest Fashion Day” as Israeli models hit the catwalk wearing long sleeves and dresses down to their ankles.

A Rabbi Strives to Make His Corner of Siberia Kosher Again
It’s tough being observant in Russia’s remote Jewish Autonomous Region, but Rabbi Eli Riss aims to fix that by shipping in beef from 5,000 miles away. Rabbi Riss presides over a community of roughly 3,000 in the Jewish Autonomous Region in Russia’s Far East, which Soviet authorities carved out in a remote corner of Siberia in the 1920s.

Grateful Bread — New Israeli-Kosher Bakery Gets Warm Welcome In San Francisco
Located on Sixth Street at the corner of Minna, a short block from Mission Street, Frena Bakery is the first of its kind in the Bay Area, possibly in the United States. That’s because in addition to offering the sweet items one might expect, it focuses more on savory products — common in a typical Israeli bakery, but unusual in the States.

Modest Fashion Day Caters to Underserved Style Community in Israel
For women who dress conservatively, Israel has launched a Modest Fashion Day. Local designers and models gathered in Jerusalem last Thursday for a fashion show that catered specifically to Orthodox Jewish women — and hundreds of humbled fashionistas attended to witness the work walk down the runway.

The Undead Come For Passover In The Zombie Haggadah
Jewish people around the world retell the same story every spring during the Passover seder. So what makes this year different from all other years? This time, you can switch things up with The Zombie Haggadah by Silver Spring residents Elisha Simkovich and Avi Litwack, who wrote and illustrated this book combining zombie and Jewish humor.

Orthodox Educators ‘Welcome’ Sex Education Being Made Compulsory
Strictly Orthodox educators have “welcomed” the Government’s announcement that sex education will be compulsory in all schools, because parents have been given the right to opt-out. Until now, sex education has only been compulsory in council-run schools, but academies and free schools do not need to follow the national curriculum, which includes sex and relationships education (SRE) in the United Kingdom.



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Sara Levine

A former Hollywood script editor, Jerusalem event planner, non-profit fundraiser and professional blogger, Sara Levine is an accomplished writer and editor. After graduating from USC's School of Cinematic Arts, her first screenplay was well-received by story executives at major studios. As a journalist, her articles have been published internationally in popular magazines and websites. With over 18 years experience as a story consultant, her notes and critiques on novels and scripts have been used to select and improve material by top studios, networks, agencies and writers in Hollywood and beyond. She is currently at work on her first novel.