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

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Yuri Foreman’s Orthodox Boxing in the New York Times & Other Orthodox Jews in the News

Hot-Ticket Comedian Ashley Blaker to Perform Four Shows in Israel in March Ultra-Orthodox comedian Ashley Blaker is in high demand. But he’s made sure to slip four shows across Israel next month into his busy schedule. Those are after a show at London’s Soho Theatre, before recording a new BBC radio show and before he […]

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Why Don’t Orthodox Jewish Women Wear Pants?

Dear Jew In The City, Why don’t Orthodox women wear pants even though in today’s world you can tell women’s and men’s clothing apart? Thanks, Chelsea Dear Chelsea, What you’re hinting at is one of the reasons why most Orthodox women don’t wear pants: kli gever – the prohibition for a woman to dress like a man. […]

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Witness The Magic Of The All Star Awards From Your Home

You’ve heard the fanfare of the Jew in the City All Star Awards, but never got to witness it yourself. For the first time ever, we are offering an HD streaming video of the 6th All Star Awards filmed at Lincoln Center’s iconic Alice Tully Hall last December. You and your family can experience the […]

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All Star Shulem Lemmer on CBS This Morning & Other Orthodox Jews in the News

The Response to the Jersey City Shooting Exemplifies the Dangers of Not Taking Hasidic Jews Seriously The attack has compelled many people to look us in the eyes for the first time, and it felt at times as if they were surprised to discover humans who grieve and are in pain staring back at them. […]

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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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Meet Archie Gottesman, The Woman Behind The Times Square Billboards Calling Out Antisemitism

If you were in Times Square over the summer, you likely encountered some bold billboards calling out antisemitism. One of them read: Here’s an idea: Let’s ask everyone who’s wondering if antisemitism is real to wear a yarmulke for a week and then report back.  In a time when, so many Jews are feeling like our […]

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Fayga Leah Landau on How Not To Fear The Yomim Noraim

This class was originally given to the members of Makom, a branch of Jew in the City which helps disenfranchised charedi Jews find their place in Orthodoxy. Fayga Leah Landau is a beloved Satmar Chasidic teacher mentor who has spoken for Makom on numerous occasions.

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