Orthodox-Jewish men and women with impressive careersBy Mason White 10:57 AM January 24, 2013
By: Debbie Gross
(Scroll down for video) In a new attempt to break the Ultra-Orthodox Jews stereotype, ‘Jew in the City’ brings us the top 10 Orthodox Jewish people who have influential and non-typical careers.
Among the top ten, are the United States Senator Joseph Lieberman, Billboard Top 10 Artist Alex Clare, best-selling author Faye Kellerman, and professional boxer Dmitriy Salita.
The new video was released by award-winning Jewish influencer, author and inspirational speaker, Allison Josephs, of “Jew in the City.”
The video is named “Orthodox Jewish All Stars,” and features 10 Orthodox Jewish All Stars individuals who have reached the pinnacle of their respective fields while maintaining a religiously observant lifestyle.
The complete list of Orthodox Jewish All Stars also includes basketball star Tamir Goodman, former HBO senior writer/producer Jamie Geller, YouTube a cappella sensation The Maccabeats, former U.S. Supreme Court law clerk and founder of non-profit breast cancer support group Rochelle Shoretz, comedian Mendy Pellin, and Rhodes scholar Miriam Rosenbaum.
All ten stars appear in the new video. They speak about their careers and lives as observant Jews. Many of the All Stars will be attending a video launch party on the Upper East Side of Manhattan on the evening of December 13, the fifth night of Chanukah.
“The final list showcases ten of the most successful Orthodox Jews, of both men and women, in a variety of professions, and I hope it helps to debunk the myth that all Orthodox men are rabbis and that all Orthodox women are homemakers, who are prohibited to work outside the home,” explained Josephs. “The truth is that these incredible individuals are representative of thousands more who are balancing professional success and religious observance every day, often out of the spotlight. That’s really the inspirational message we want people to take from the video. You too can lead a spiritually committed life without sacrificing professional success. In fact, in the United States today there doesn’t need to be a trade-off between religious observance and professional success,” the producer of the video, Allison Josephs, said.
JewintheCity.com is a website and social media platform founded and directed by Allison Josephs that breaks down stereotypes about religious Jews and offers a meaningful look into Orthodox Judaism through articles and videos that have been viewed hundreds of thousands of times on YouTube and at JewintheCity.com, through questions and answers, and via Facebook and Twitter.
Jew in the City explains important Jewish concepts like Shabbat, keeping kosher and mikvah. It also tackles difficult topics like the Orthodox Jewish approach to homosexuality, feminism and conversion. With a mix of light humor and rich content, Jew in the City explores these topics in a pleasant and easy to understand fashion, appealing to anyone who is curious to learn more about Orthodox Jews and observant Judaism, whether Jewish or not.
“Unfortunately, most non-Orthodox Jews and non-Jews have a very negative perception of Orthodox Jews and Judaism,” Josephs said. “When they think of Orthodoxy, they think things like backwards, repressed, outdated, sexist and anti-scientific. Jew in the City was created to break down those misconceptions and stereotypes.”
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