Project Makom, an initiative of Jew in the City, helps former and questioning Charedi Jews find their place in Orthodoxy.

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Meet the Critically-Acclaimed Orthodox Jewish Female Fantasy Author

Rena Rossner isn’t the typical writer of Fantasy novels: while many writers have fought for an inclusive voice in mainstream publishing circles, she is one of the only ones representing Orthodox Jewish women. Rossner was born and raised in Miami Beach, FL in a Modern Orthodox environment but has lived in Israel for much of her […]

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The Shabbos Baby Who Was Delivered in an Uber & Other Orthodox Jews in the News

Here’s Why I Disconnect for 25 Hours Each Week The CEO of Quantum Media Group explores why he doesn’t tweet, respond to emails or do business from Sundown on Friday night. Shabbat is the time he reconnects with what is truly important in his life. After 500 Years, An Italian Jewish Rebirth Late last month […]

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This Organic Farm is Run By Yiddish-Speaking Hasidic Jews in Upstate New York

Tu B’Shvat is an all year long celebration when you’re working farmland, as Hasidic Jew Yisroel Bass does at the Yiddish Farm in Upstate New York. The farm was founded in order to “expand the role of the Yiddish language, serve as a bridge between Yiddish speakers of various backgrounds, and to promote environmental stewardship […]

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How Can We Heal A Divided Nation?

As I type this, the winner of the 2020 US Presidential is still unknown, and there is no clear indication of when that will change. Both sides are accusing the other of not playing fairly. Both sides have spoken of their certainty that they will prevail. If the divisiveness leading up to the election wasn’t bad enough, […]

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Jew in the City Presents “The Sound of Silence” feat. The Maccabeats

In a world obsessed with devices, it occurred to me that we are living in an age where silence dominates many situations. Silence between couples, silence between families, silence everywhere you turn as people tap, tap, tap on their devices. What an isolating existence. But what if there was an antidote to silence? What if […]

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“Science vs. Religion: Mayim Bialik and the OTHER Big Bang Theory” Ep. 4, Season 2

Big Bang Theory star, Mayim Bialik, asks Jew in the City can science and religion work together in a Jewish framework? While there are some Orthodox Jews who believe in a literal account of the creation story, many of us hold that the events must be understood another way. RAMBAM, also known as Maimonides, stated […]

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Orthodox Jewish All Star, Chani Neuberger, Leading Solar Winds Hack Response

The Biden administration has named Jew in the City Orthodox Jewish All Star and former board member, Chani (Anne) Neuberger their point person on the breach of federal systems known as the SolarWinds hack, the worst on record. A top National Security Agency official who has become a senior official at the National Security Council, […]

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A Conversation With Orthodox Jewish Baseball Star, Elie Kligman

Elie Kligman is a born and bred Orthodox Jew, and at a young age, his family noticed he had a talent for baseball. He started to hone that talent, and now, as a senior in high school, several Division 1 Colleges and even some Major League Baseball teams have noticed too.

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