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Why I Don’t Like the Term ‘OTD’


I’ve been a member of Mavar’s board since soon after its inception. Back then, we were just a small group of volunteers (we’re still mostly volunteers, but there are many more of us!) and we were thinking carefully about the organisation’s mission, and its scope. The first, and most simple question we asked ourselves was: “Who are we trying to help?”. For…

From Little Acorns


Coming full circle There’s been a sudden rush of calls from people who left ultra-orthodoxy some years ago who now want to support others in the process of leaving the haredi community of Stamford Hill.   Within the space of 3 weeks we had 4 emails from formerly frum young men and women who want to ‘give back’, so we’ll be…

Milestones


Post Pesach, Mavar’s hotline (unsurprisingly) rang more frequently and one of the young women who made contact with us became our 100th caller!! With that milestone under our belt it feels like we have traction and that the word is finally out. It’s been a challenge over the last four years building partnerships, awareness, supporters, policies, teams of specialists and…

Mavar’s “No Seder, Seder”


There’s something significant that differentiates Pesach from other festivals. Because it’s very much centred around the home and family, not participating in a Seder means not participating along with the vast majority of Jews around the world and this can lead to a person feeling the separation from others far more acutely than at any other time. People who have…

Next steps for Mavar


Great progress made last weekend at our Board of Management’s AWAY DAY. Armed with post-it notes, caffeine and mini beigels we brainstormed lots of ideas to push our services forward and overcome a few of the barriers and challenges our members face.  Our members include those still living within the strictly orthodox community, as well as those at the point…