Allison Josephs is the founder and executive director of Jew in the City has been involved in the field of Jewish Outreach for over twenty years and is the Partner in Torah mentor to actress Mayim Bialik. She was named one of NJOP’s Top Ten Jewish Influencers and one of the Jewish Week’s 36 under 36. Allison has been quoted or written about in numerous publications, including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, People Magazine, NYPost, Daily News, TMZ, The Daily Beast, and Hollywood Reporter. She has appeared on numerous television and radio networks including CBS, ABC, Fox5, TLC, Associate Press TV, and NPR; her articles have appeared in publications including The Washington Post, JTA, Jewish Week, Jerusalem Post, The Forward, and Kveller.
Pearson Education, the largest textbook company in the world, produced a video segment on Allison’s life for the Judaism chapter of their textbook. She is a sought-after international lecturer whose corporate clients include Con-Edison and NYU Langone and hosts a weekly podcast on the Nachum Segal Network. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Columbia University in Philosophy and lives with her husband and four children minutes from the George Washington Bridge.
I just Tweeted this video. Heartbreakingly beautiful story of faith.
I became religious 48 years ago, when I was 16 years old but it is only now that I am truly searching for the truth and meaning of being Orthodox. My original “conversion”, I believe, had to do with seeing the beauty, from the outside looking in, and the safety in being part of a close-knit, welcoming, and stable (from the outside looking in) community. But it is only now, as life has unfolded in an entirely different way than I’d anticipated, that I’m searching. At first I felt that the Orthodox had let me down. But I now realize that it’s me who hasn’t explored what’s always been out there for the taking.
Hi, really touching story thank you for being so open and honest! I just wanted to clarify if orthodox jews have different rules! Funny enough yesterday I watched a few minutes of a show called " Oprahs Next Chapter" she was talking to 2 relegious families in brooklyn New York! They have 9 children and are not allowed to watch tv, use cell phones, use computers, No internet, etc etc..( takes away the focus of whats really important..) So are there many different groups of ortodox jews? Please help me to understand..just a confused jewish women!
Thanks, you’re helping me to understand and I like your channel.
Glad that you were inspired to do something positive after such a traumatic event.
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