Wednesday, December 19, 2012
What do Senator Joe Lieberman, best-selling novelist Faye Kellerman, professional boxer Dmitriy Salita, former HBO producer Jamie Geller, Rhodes Scholar Miriam Rosenbaum, the Maccabeats, and Hasidic comedian/actor Mendy Pellin have in common?
They're all highly successful in their mainstream careers while also remaining true to Torah observance. In other words, they're Orthodox Jews.
A new video, produced by Jew in the City, showcases these and other Orthodox Jews who talk about their careers and experiences being religious and successful in the world. The goal is to break down the stereotype that all Orthodox Jews are rabbis or homemakers -- in reality, many are successful in all walks of life.
Through YouTube videos, blogs, Q&A's, and articles in traditional print media, Jew in the City (through its founder, Allison Josephs and a group of volunteers) publicizes the message that Orthodox Jews can be funny, approachable, educated, pro-women and open-minded, and that Orthodox Judaism links the Jewish people to a deep and beautiful heritage that is just as relevant today as it ever was.
(A SPECIAL NOTE FOR NEW EMAIL SUBSCRIBERS: THE VIDEO MAY NOT BE VIEWABLE DIRECTLY FROM THE EMAIL THAT YOU GET EACH DAY ON SOME COMPUTERS AND TABLETS. YOU MUST CLICK ON THE TITLE AT THE TOP OF THE EMAIL TO REACH THE JEWISH HUMOR CENTRAL WEBSITE, FROM WHICH YOU CLICK ON THE PLAY BUTTON IN THE VIDEO IMAGE TO START THE VIDEO.)
(A tip of the kippah to Esther Kustanowitz for bringing this video to our attention.)