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Pathways have collected resources
to help those who are considering leaving 

Links to resources

If you wish to learn more about how life has been for those who have chosen to leave ultra-orthodoxy, please freely explore these links.


Leaving Ultra-Orthodox Judaism, Sol Feuerwerker and Chani Getter's stories on PBS

Leah Vincent - On being disowned by Orthodox Jewish family.

Watch 'It Gets Besser' -  'Before and After images of those who have left the ultra-Orthodox world'

Unpious - The story of Shulem Deen, a Hasidic Rebel

Shifra - Leaving as a family

Menashe - Avalaible at Stonnington, Port Phillip & Glen Eira Libraries.

Pathways aspire to help formally Orthodox Melbournians, in the same way Footsteps has helped so many in New York.

Online reading material

Footsteps - Your life. Your journey. Your choice.

Stories to help individuals who are considering leaving the ultra-Orthodox community or have already begun a new life in the secular world.

Ari Hershkowitz rose to prominence in the 2017 Netflix documentary, ‘One of Us’, which followed his journey towards leaving ultra-Orthodoxy. He speaks about his past struggles with sexual abuse, substance addiction and self-harm.

A moving letter from haredi father to his off the derech adult daughter.

Oy Vey Vartoons, by Frieda Vizel

A collection of interviews from people who have left or who are looking to leave Ultra-Orthodox Judaism.

Community, purpose, belonging — these are just some of the social benefits that can come from growing up in a religious family.


Naomi Alderman - Disobedience

Available at Stonnington, Port Phillip and Glen Eira Libraries.

Shalom Auslander - Foreskin's Lament, Beware of God, Hope: A Tragedy & Mother for Dinner

Some titles are available at Glen Eira and Port Phillip Libraries and the Lamm Library.


Lynn Davidman - Becoming un-orthodox: stories of ex-Hasidic Jews

Available at Stonnington and Glen Eira Libraries.

Shulem Deen - All who go do not return

Available at Stonnington and Glen Eira Libraries and the Lamm Library 

Dassi Erlich - In Bad Faith

Available at Stonnington and Glen Eira Libraries

Deborah Feldman - Unorthodox, The scandalous rejection of my Hasidic Roots

Available at Glen Eira Libraries and the Lamm Library


Eve Harris - The Marrying of Chani Kaufman

Available at Glen Eira Libraries (ebook) and at the Lamm Library.

Stephanie Levine 'Mystics, Mavericks, and Merrymakers'

Available at Glen Eira Libraries and the Lamm Library

Kissing Girls On Shabbat - Dr Sara Glass

Available at Glen Eira Libraries

Savyon Liebrecht - Apples from the Desert

Available at the Lamm Library.

Reva J Mann -'The Rabbi's Daughter - A true story of sex, drugs and Orthodoxy

Available at the Lamm Library.

Anouk Markovitz – I am Forbidden

Available at Glen Eira Libraries and the Lamm Library.

Schneur Zalman Newfield - Degrees of Separation, Identity Formation While Leaving Ultra-Orthodox Judaism

Available online:

Naomi Ragen - Women’s Minyan

Abby Stein - Becoming Eve: My journey from Ultra-Orthodox Rabbi to Transgender Woman

Available at Glen Eira Libraries.

Leah Vincent - Cut me loose: Sin and Salvation After My Ultra-Orthodox Girlhood' 

Available at Stonnington Libraries and the Lamm Library.


Hella Winston - The Unchosen: the hidden lives of Hasidic rebels

Available at Glen Eira Libraries and the Lamm Library.


Hadatlashim: Masa el olamam shel dativim lesheavar – Leaving religion behind

Margolese, Faranak: 'Off the Derech'

Winston, Hella: 'The Unchosen'


Lamm Jewish Library of Australia

304 Hawthorn Rd, Caulfield South VIC 3162

Glen Eira Libraries

Caulfield Library

Caulfield Town Hall

Carnegie Library

7 Shepparson Avenue, Carnegie


Bentleigh Library

161 Jasper Rd, Bentleigh

Port Phillip Libraries

150 Carlisle Street St Kilda


Albert Park Library

319 Montague Street, Albert Park


Port Melbourne Library

333 Bay Street, Port Melbourne

South Melbourne Library

195 Bank Street, South Melbourne


Middle Park Library

254-256 Richardson Street, Middle Park

Stonnington Libraries 

Toorak Library

340 Toorak Road South Yarra


Prahran Library

180 Greville Street Prahran (at back of old Town Hall)

Malvern Library

1255 High Street Malvern

East Malvern Library (Phoenix Park branch) 

30 Rob Roy Road, East Malvern

If you are a library member at one of the Council libraries, you can get the book delivered to your preferred branch for pickup by reserving it online. 

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