“Unorthodox” Through a Convert’s Eyes & Other Orthodox Jews in the News

After Adjustments for Muslim Runners, Olympics Says No Way to Help Jewish Marathoner
It appears the IOC is now taking the position that an athlete’s deeply held religious beliefs and practices can never be taken into account in scheduling Olympic events. The IOC’s broad rejection of any consideration of an athlete’s religious observances and restrictions in scheduling events is unfortunate, and inconsistent with the Olympic spirit.

The Living Room: The Slavins
The Slavins run a community kitchen that distributes food for disadvantaged people. Due to their popular service, their home is bursting at the seams so Barry steps in to help them to find space.

I’m Converting to Judaism and This is What I Really Thought of Netflix’s Unorthodox
Self-professed feminist, career woman and pianist Ivi Chin, 35, grew up in a secular household. Aged 33, she decided to enter the seemingly outdated and patriarchal world of Orthodox Judaism. After a period of soul-searching and immersing herself into the private homes, lives, communities and synagogues of Orthodox Jews, she embarked on the conversion.

Amar’e Stoudemire Completes His Conversion to Judaism
Former NBA star announces the end of his two-year journey to join the Tribe. He takes on the Hebrew name ‘Yahoshafat Ben Avraham.’

Schmaltz Brothers Food Truck Serves Certified-Kosher Brisket Sandwiches and Fried Matzoh-Ball Bites
It’s hard to find kosher food options in the DC area, particularly during a pandemic. But a new food truck and catering company called Schmaltz Brothers has launched within the past couple months with to-go options ranging from dill pickle-brined fried-chicken sandwiches to full Shabbat dinners.

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