The Only Hasid in North Korea & Other Orthodox Jews in the News


An Ultra-Orthodox Jew in Pyongyang
Meir Alfasi has added 40 more countries to his list since his journeys across the globe were last documented by Ynet. But this one is a record even for him. The ultra-Orthodox photographer, also known as Chabad’s “emissary at large,” made it into North Korea, one of the most closed-off countries in the world.

Speedy Beatie: Israel’s First Female Haredi Marathon Runner
It may sound improbable, perhaps preposterous, but 29-year-old Bracha “Beatie” Deutsch is the real deal. The first female Haredi athlete shocked everyone by winning Israel’s National Half Marathon Championship in December, with a personal best of 1 hour, 19 minutes and 51 seconds.

At The Finish Line: As Neil Schloss Retires From a 36-Year Career at Ford, He Looks to the Future
The new year will find Neil Schloss on a beach in Florida not in the Glass House in Dearborn. Schloss, vice president and chief financial officer of Ford Smart Mobility, a subsidiary of the Ford Motor Co. dedicated to providing specialized mobility products and services, officially retires Dec. 31 after a 36-year career with the automaker.


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