Project Makom, an initiative of Jew in the City, helps former or questioning charedi Jews find their place in Orthodoxy. While we believe that there are numerous valid paths within Orthodox Judaism, not all observant Jews are born into a community which fits them.

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To the OTD Community: I’m Sorry I Didn’t Understand Your Pain

When one person hurts another, even if she did so unintentionally, she should still apologize. That’s why I’ve decided to write this post. Because I didn’t understand the pain that some people who grew up Orthodox experienced until pretty recently, and not understanding made me not sensitive enough. During my proud secular Jewish childhood, I […]

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Why The Rise Of Anti-Semitism (Oddly) Comforts Me

As a child, I had a recurring dream that I was in the Holocaust. Twenty-five years later, much of it is hazy, except for the intense fear of trying to escape from pursuers who considered it a crime to be Jewish. I wondered if this was a common thing. “Do you think most Jews have […]

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Is Life A Line or a Circle? Reflections on Simchas Torah

This week I let my eldest child (my super responsible ten year old daughter) use a sharp knife for the first time. A couple days later, I let her take something out of a hot oven. But the real craziness began a week ago when I let my daughter walk to a playground – which […]

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Kosher Meat Packer’s Miracle Sight Restoration & Other Orthodox Jews in the News

A Chabad Couple in New Jersey Built an Immersive Village for Kids With Autism A new 11,000-square-foot shopping center here is home to 15 storefronts, including a bank, pet shop and clothing store. There’s a health center with a dentist and doctor’s office and a ShopRite supermarket. The shopping center, known as LifeTown Shoppes, is […]

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

1ShareIn 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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Jew in the City Discusses Alarming Rise In Anti-Semitism On Newmax TV

Last month, Newmax’s daytime news and political show, Liquid Lunch, invited Allison to speak about the Measles outbreak in the Orthodox Jewish community. Last week, they invited her on again to discuss the rising Anti-Semitic attacks in New York City and around the world, how anti-Zionism and BDS is a form of anti-Semitism, and the […]

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“I See The Light” feat. Shulem and The Maccabeats

We are proud to present, “I See the Light,” featuring Orthodox Jewish All Stars Shulem Lemmer and The Maccabeats. Filmed before a live audience on December 1, 2019 at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully at Jew in the City’s 6th All Star Awards. Project Makom, a division of Jew in the City, helps former and questioning […]

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First Born Hasidic Jew to Sign With a Major Record Label, Shulem Lemmer, Accepts All Star Award

“We have so much more in common as human beings, than we are different from each other… Once you see that, through the power of music especially, you can bring people together and set an example. This was one of my goals. [To] encourage being Frum and encourage sticking to your values, staying true to […]

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