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Review: My Un-Orthodox Life


From one of our Mentors Julia Haart’s extraordinary life is at the center of “My Un-Orthodox Life”, the most recent Netflix show, which explores family life beyond the ultra-Orthodox Jewish world. It is so-called as Netflix found considerable success with the show “Unorthodox”, a dramatisation loosely based on the biography of the same name by Deborah Feldman. These women do…

Mavar director steps down after ‘life-affirming’ stint


** This article originally appeared in the Jewish Chronicle, 15th January 2021** By Simon Rocker. Linda Turner, co-founder of Mavar, the charity which supports Charedi community members looking to explore new avenues in life has stepped down after seven years as director. Her successor is Amos Schonfield, founding director of Our Second Home, a youth organisation for refugees and asylum-seekers…

Perspectives on Educational Mentoring


An education mentor’s blog December 2019 In order to maintain confidentiality, all personal names have been changed. First steps I met my first mentee “Josh” in March 2014.   He immediately challenged my expectations of the composite Stamford Hill stereotype in almost every way. He had been secular for several years yet was still living and working in Stamford Hill. He…