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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…

Online Screening of “Jude”


“My message for young people who are finding things challenging? Find a couple of people who you can be honest and authentic with, find those people that are there just to support who you are – to big you up and give you courage – and to do small steps at a time.” On Sunday 27th June, Mavar supporters and…

We’re hiring! Join Mavar as a Bookkeeper


Mavar is seeking a Bookkeeper to support its work with young men and women from the Charedi community who have taken the challenging decision to follow a different path in life. Main duties and responsibilities: To prepare management accounts and other schedules based on underlying records.To ensure suppliers, project partners, HMRC and expenses are paid on timeTo ensure that all…

New Horizons at Mavar


Amos Schonfield - Mavar's new CEO What is the first day of a new job ‘supposed’ to look like? Arrive in your office to be shown which are the correct mugs to use, be handed a code for the photocopier that you’ll likely forget at the bottom of your drawer, sheepishly introduce yourself and try to remember everyone’s names? It…

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…

Existential Crisis


In our 5th year, Mavar is publishing a series of blogs from members and the volunteers who support them, to open a window onto their relationship from both perspectives, as well as the ongoing journeys the members face. Here's, a fascinating blog from a Mavar member. "I was brought up in a community that was separated from the outside world,…