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.

Shifra - Leaving as a family

Watch 'It Gets Besser' - Independent interviews with four men and women who left Hassidic backgrounds

Unpious - The story of Shulem Deen, a Hasidic Rebel

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.


Auslander, Shalom: 'Foreskin's Lament'; 'Beware of God'

Levine, Stephanie: 'Mystics, Mavericks, and Merrymakers'

J Mann, Reva: 'The Rabbi's Daughter'

Winston, Hella: 'The Unchosen'

Deen, Shulem: 'All who go do not return'

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

Margolese, Faranak: 'Off the Derech'