Did Netflix Get It Right?


Zalman Newfield's new book, Degrees of Separation: Identity Formation While Leaving Ultra-Orthodox Judaism, is based on both personal experience and 74 interviews with Lubavitch and Satmar Jews who have left their communities. Join him as he applies his insights to the Netflix series UNORTHDOX . . .

Is the series heroine Esther Shapiro's flight from her family and community in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and her struggle to start a life of her own in Berlin typical? What is her motivation? How does she make sense of her new experiences? Has she truly left her roots?

What did the series get right in its portrayal of this insular Jewish community and those who leave it--and what did the series miss?

To participate in this exciting discussion, you must register by Wednesday, May 13. You will receive the Zoom link in response.