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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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How Can We Deal With Amalek In A Sensitive And Thoughtful Way?

On the Shabbos before Purim, there is a special commandment to remember to forget the evil nation of Amalek. We do this right before Purim because Haman, the villain of the Purim story, who planned to annihilate the Jewish people, was a descendent off Amalek. We fulfill our obligation of remembering to forget by hearing […]

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This Modern Orthodox Actress Just Wrote a Breakout Film For Herself

Introducing Jodea, an indie film written by and starring an Orthodox Jewish actress, is getting great reviews for being a fun and heartwarming Pygmalion story. When Chloe Traicos had the idea about a struggling actress who gets taken under the wing of a famous director as a bet, she only hoped that it could get […]

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I Couldn’t Believe How My Husband Responded When I Corrected Him

My husband is one of the most incredible sleepers I have ever known. He really is. And sleeping well is a wonderful thing, unless of course you’re the wife of an incredible sleeper and your husband keeps falling asleep and staying asleep on couches, chairs, and various other non-bed accoutrements, as opposed to going to […]

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Terror Victim, Dafna Meir, Saves Family and is Remembered as a Hero & Other Orthodox Jews in the News

Can Haredi Women Learn to Lean In? – Livia Levine, a management teacher at a Haredi women’s college discusses the cultural and religious norms that prevent (even the women in college studying management) from believing they can succeed in business Candy-Making Holocaust Survivor Believed to Be World’s Oldest Man – The Polish-born Auschwitz survivor, Yisrael Kristal, 112, achieved that […]

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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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