Allison is the Founder and Director of Jew in the City. Please find her full bio here.

Allison Josephs

About Allison Josephs

Allison is the Founder and Director of Jew in the City. Please find her full bio here.

The Muslim And Orthodox Jewish Women Who Chatted On A Plane

It was my third time in just over a month that the TSA had stopped me because I was wearing a hat over my wig (and apparently, this sends them into a tizzy). By the time I got to my seat on the plane, I was still feeling  annoyed that I had not yet learned […]

I Couldn’t Believe That He Walked By At The Exact Right Time

The first Purim that I tried to fully observe took place in a most exotic location – a Native American reservation in South Dakota. It was very hard to properly keep the holiday, but then this happened. Produced by – Seth Feldman Director of Photography – Elie Gabor www.eliecreative.com

One Minute Purim Recipe: Savory Cheesy Hamantaschen

Sweet Hamentaschen are so Taf Shin Ayin Vav! Thank you, Sincerely Brigitte!  

Our Top 7 Favorite Homemade Shalach Manos Themes!

I’m not one of those DIY people. I’m creative, but most of the time, I simply can’t be bothered. I’d rather pay someone to DITFM (do it for me!) But when Purim comes around, I get a little crazy – crazy INSPIRED – that is. It started off several years ago with the Shushan Times […]

Why And How I Ski In A Skirt

I know I don’t have to and I don’t judge women who don’t. When I was studying in seminary in Israel for the year during college (I took a year off after my freshman year), a girl in class asked my rabbi if baggy snow pants are OK to ski in. He said, “Yes.” (Though, it […]

If You’re Not Struggling With God, You’re Missing The Point

I used to be simplistic in my religious thinking. I didn’t mean to be, I just didn’t know any better. I had spent so many years of my childhood asking deep questions about the meaning of life, the purpose of existence, and generally searching for Truth that when I finally stumbled upon Torah and mitzvos […]

How To Love Your Political Opponent As You Love Yourself

“Love your neighbor as you love yourself,” the foundation of Judaism and the basis of the Golden Rule is not too hard to imagine in a vacuum or even in real life if you’re neighbor’s a nice guy. But what if your neighbor is your political opponent? How could could you possibly love your political […]

People Already Think Orthodox Jews Are Judgy. Stop Reinforcing It.

The SNL writer who called Barron Trump a “homeschool shooter” was just permanently suspended over her remarks, and as a kid I remember hearing how Chelsea Clinton was mocked on Saturday Night Live for being an awkward teen. Thankfully, in both cases, people on both sides of the aisle spoke out, saying that making fun […]

The Luxury Year-Round Kosher Hotel You MUST Visit!

In my late teens, I started keeping kosher and quickly discovered that for many Orthodox Jewish travelers, pots, pans, frozen meats and cheeses are automatic suitcase stuffers for every trip. While living a life of Torah and mitzvos gives me much meaning and pleasure, and I recognize that anything good in life comes with tradeoffs, […]

Teaching My Orthodox Jewish Sons To Respect Women

A few years ago, when my son (then 5) and my daughter (then 8) were playing “mitzvah pirates” – a game they invented where they sailed the seven seas in order to help people  –  my son took one look at my daughter and told her, “Girls can’t be pirates.” (In his world of “pirates,” […]

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