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Sunday, February 14 • 12:00pm - 1:15pm
Bridging the Divide: Dialogues Between Those Who Have Left Ultra-Orthodoxy and the Communities from which they Come

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A common narrative among those who leave ultra-Orthodox Jewish communities is that there is no communication back with the communities from which they come. This panel will feature individuals who are actively in dialogue with the ultra-Orthodox communities from which they left, and working to maintain relationships and challenge assumptions on both sides.


Rachel Berger

Rachel hails from sunny Philadelphia and now proudly calls New York home. She has a background in non-profit management focused on social justice and Jewish communal work. Rachel was a 2011-12 Dorot Fellow, spendng a year in Israel working with the African refugee population and learning the art of cheesemaking. As the Director of Community Engagement at Footsteps, she manages Footsteps’ community building programs, foundation relations... Read More →

Goldy Landau

Goldy was raised in Kiryas Joel, an insular Chassidish Shtetel where women like her are forbidden to drive, access the internet, or obtain a college education. She is currently living between her sheltered upbringing and her love of learning by studying Neuroscience and American Studies at Wellesley College. Goldy also enjoys staffing Birthright trips. She is an EMT and participated in several neuroscience research projects, but has no... Read More →

Mindi Yeger

Comedian. Born & raised in Brooklyn, Mindi is the youngest of five. Growing up ultra-orthodox, Mindi learned a lot about being Jewish but not much about the world. Always a good girl, Mindi followed the well-worn path for girls in her community & married young. 3 wonderful kids & 16 years later, the marriage ended and Mindi’s entry into the world at large began. Mindi credits comedy with giving her the ability to take even... Read More →

Sunday February 14, 2016 12:00pm - 1:15pm

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