New York’s Chasidic rebels learn to be secular

By Rebecca Schischa , April 8, 2010

“Right in the heart of Manhattan is an unusual refuge – a place where New York’s ‘Chasidic rebels’ gather to socialise, meet and learn.

Footsteps, which runs the centre, is the only organisation that exists outside Israel to provide defectors from the Chasidic community with the practical and emotional support they need to make it in mainstream society.”

I can relate to the footsteps program and consider one of my life goals as one to help Chassidic Jews how to interpret the outside world. The problem is that they are not taught how to judge what is good or bad, appropriate or not, outside of what thrives in their community. To Malkie Schwartz who started footsteps, you serve a very much needed purpose, keep it up!