Since we are not directly affiliated with any of these groups, we merely present without recommending. Please verify that each group’s level of confidentiality is appropriate for your situation.

United States of America

New York, NY, and Rockland County, NY, USA

 

Footsteps: Your life. Your choice.(http://footstepsorg.org/)

“Whether you are considering leaving the ultra-Orthodox community or have already begun a new life in the secular world, there is a place for you at Footsteps. We offer programming and resources for people at any stage of the journey. We also welcome formerly ultra-Orthodox people who would like to help others considering or actively making the transition.”

 

OTD Meetup: Social Meetups in New York City, Rockland-Bergen (www.otdmeetup.org)

“We are a group of individuals from formerly Orthodox Jewish backgrounds who meet on a regular basis for good food, thoughtful conversation, and for making new friends. Most of us were raised with strong attachments to Jewish observance, but–while we are each on our own journey–now live mostly secular lives. Our past unites us, and we take from it what we still find meaningful, but we otherwise live simply as members of the world community.”

 

Lakewood, NJ, USA

 

Lakewood OTD Group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/LakewoodOTD/)

 “An OTD group for people living in Lakewood, NJ and the surrounding areas. The purpose of this group is to facilitate meetups and events for those of us who find it difficult to make it to Footsteps events due to distance, but would like to benefit from and provide support to others in similar situations. If you live in or around the Lakewood area, please join by using the link [above]. Also, please share this with anyone you know who might want to join.”

Israel

 

Hillel: The right to choose (http://www.hillel.org.il/)

 “ה.ל.ל – האגודה ליוצאים לשאלה – היא עמותה רשומה ללא מטרת רווח וללא כל זיקה פוליטית או אינטרס פוליטי. היא מסייעת לאנשים בארץ המבקשים לצאת מהעולם החרדי ולהשתלב בישראל המודרנית והפלורליסטית. מאז היווסדה ב-1991, עזרה העמותה למאות אנשים צעירים להצטרף לחברה הכללית בישראל. ה.ל.ל היא הגוף היחיד המציע סיוע ליוצאים לשאלה בארץ. כל עבודת העמותה נעשית על ידי קבוצת המתנדבים אשר כוללת יותר מ-250 חברים: סטודנטים, פסיכולוגים, עורכי דין, מורים, רואי חשבון, עקרות בית, עובדות סוציאליות, אנשי תקשורת, חברי קיבוצים, יחצ”נים, יועצים ארגוניים ורבים ורבות אחרים”

“Hillel is an Israeli-nonprofit that helps young adults who have left the ultra-orthodox world. We believe all people have the right to choose the lifestyle they want, and therefore never try to convince anybody to change their lifestyle. Hillel provides our participants with psychological counseling, housing, educational scholarships, and vocational help so they can lead the lives they have always wanted.”

 

Vayter: (https://www.facebook.com/groups/vayter/)

 “אנו צעירים וצעירות, בוגרי ובוגרות מוסדות החינוך החרדיים, אשר בהחלטה מודעת החלטנו לצאת ממסגרת החברה החרדית ומוסדותיה ולנסות למצוא את מקומנו בחברה הישראלית הכללית, איש ואישה כל אחד על פי טעמו ומקומו האישי”

 

United Kingdom

 

Mavar: (http://mavar.org/) A confidential, safe space for Charedi Jews to explore new paths in life.

 “Mavar supports people who have grown up in the ultra-orthodox Jewish community and now wish to explore options to work, study or live beyond this community. It is a UK charitable organisation that believes everyone has the right to choose their own path in life, in keeping with their identity, beliefs and needs.”

 

GesherEU: (http://www.geshereu.org.uk/,https://www.facebook.com/gesher.bridge.7,http://gesherorg.wordpress.com/)

 “GesherEU is a community of support. We help Jewish individuals living in the UK or elsewhere in the EU who wish to explore living beyond the confines of their present Ultra-Orthodox community.”

 

Belgium

 Jouw Leven Jouw Keuze: (http://www.jljk.be)

“JLJK is de enige organisatie in België die mensen ondersteunt, tijdens hun zoektocht uit de ultra- orthodoxe gemeenschap. JLJK, gevestigd in Antwerpen biedt een uitgebreid pakket diensten aan, zoals sociaal- emotionele ondersteuning, coaching/ advies, het wegwijs maken in het onderwijs/ studies, workshops, gezelligheidsbijeenkomsten met activiteiten en nog veel meer… Dankzij de ondersteuning van JLJK, krijgen voormalige ultra-orthodoxe joden de kans om een veilige omgeving en een bloeiende toekomst (terug) op te bouwen.”