Breaking Away: Former Hasidim Find Fulfillment in The Secular World, By Shulem Deen

Winter 2017- Contact: The Journal of the Steinhardt Foundation for Jewish Life

“Part of this journey is an inclination toward creativity and self-actualization,” says Phin Reisz, a 31-year-old entrepreneur who sits on the board of Footsteps, a New York City-based community of those who’ve left the ultra-Orthodox world. “With the journeys they’ve undertaken, those who’ve left have also shown a significant amount of chutzpah and conviction and persistence and definitely a whole lot of resourcefulness.” That, Reisz believes, is vital for success.

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