Meet The BBC Producer Who Became A Haredi Comedian

What’s the key ingredient to help a secular Jewish BBC producer achieve his life-long dream of becoming a stand-up comic? For Ashley Blaker all it took was becoming ultra-Orthodox. Blaker grew up in a traditional home in the UK and attended private  school – the same one that Sacha Baron Cohen went to. He had dreams […]

This Orthodox Jewish Boy Stars in Emmy-Nominated Animated Short

Asher Blinkoff is still years away from his bar mitzvah, but he may clinch his first Emmy this weekend. Taking Flight, an animated short that has been nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award features the voice talents of eight-year-old Asher Blinkoff, the actor son of 2014 Orthodox Jewish All Star Saul Blinkoff. Asher’s previous voice […]

Haredi Women Filmmakers & Other Orthodox Jews in the News

Read The Groundbreaking Orthodox Film Story That’s Now An Award Finalist The Haredi world is generally viewed as an insular patriarchal community that shuns movies, but a fledgling, shadow film industry has been growing quietly for a decade within the confines of this improbable universe. These flicks — dozens of them — are produced, scripted, […]

Purim In “La La Land”

Having been voted New York’s hippest rabbi (an honor which along with a Metro Card may get me to Midtown) and serving as the rabbi to Brooklyn’s trendsetting Pratt Institute, I find myself in a constant search to remain hip with the ‘kids.’ So when it came to planning this year’s perfect Purim party, I […]

Orthodox Jews in the News Weekly Round-Up 9/2/16

  Two Religious Women Take World Thai Boxing Titles Both 18 and religious Jews, Nili Block and Sarah Abraham won gold medals in international competition in Thailand. Both girls take kosher food along when traveling to meets, and consulted with a rabbi about how to handle bouts on the Sabbath. Esther Jungreis, Known As the […]

Orthodox Jews in the News: Weekly Round Up 4/28

Why Is This Matzo Different From All Other Matzos? – An article about shmura matzah in the New York Times that delves into an “unintended” side effect of kosher law: better tasting food. Bialik: Tough To Be Shomer Shabbat In Hollywood – Hollywood actress, and friend of Jew in the City, Mayim Bialik, reveals what its like to be […]

Hollywood Hasidim

Although I haven’t seen the recently released, New York, I Love You, I have a pretty good guess as to what it’ll be like – well, the Hasidic part, at least: over-the-top, misinformed, melodramatic, and generally inaccurate. How can I be so sure? Because that’s how Hasidim are always portrayed in Hollywood: Fiddler on the Roof, Yentl, A […]

Michael Jackson: Better off Dead?

Michael Jackson was laid to rest today, but I wonder if we slowly killed him years ago. In the two weeks since his passing, the myriad articles that have come out seem to couple any mention of his eccentricity or bizarreness with an explanation of his rough childhood or lonely adulthood. It makes me think that the media is finally done torturing the […]

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