Deborah Feldman

‘Unorthodox’ With The Facts?

03/06/2012
Associate Editor

Is Deborah Feldman’s “Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots” the publishing world’s latest fraudulent memoir, on par with James Frey’s “A Million Little Pieces?”

Or has the 25-year-old Williamsburg native simply exercised a little poetic license in crafting her tale of growing up Satmar?

Deborah Feldman: Credibility questioned, Satmar memoir still selling well.

‘Unorthodox’ Author’s Claim Of Cover-up Is Countered

Coroner’s report lists 20-year-old’s death in Kiryas Joel as suicide, not murder.

02/21/2012
Special To The Jewish Week

With allegations of communal cover-ups involving child sexual abuse dogging the haredi community over the past several years, it may not be much of a stretch for some readers to believe a gruesome story that appears in a new memoir about growing up in, and leaving, the Satmar community.

Deborah Feldman’s book about her departure from haredi life includes the account of a Satmar man’s suspicious death.

'Unorthodox' Author’s Claim Of Murder Cover-up Rebutted

Coroner’s report lists 20-year-old’s death in Kiryas Joel as suicide.

02/16/2012
Special to the Jewish Week
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With allegations of communal cover-ups involving child sexual abuse dogging the haredi community over the past several years, it may not be much of a stretch for some readers to believe a gruesome story that appears in a new memoir about growing up in, and leaving, the Satmar community.

Gentile And Other 'Unorthodox' Moms

I’m still looking for good names for gentile women raising Jewish kids. Perhaps someone like the Jewish Outreach Institute or InterfaithFamily.com should sponsor a contest, hint hint.

Hopefully they’d come up with something better than JOI Associate Executive Director Paul Golin’s (joking I hope) suggestion to me, via Facebook, that we call them MORBs: mothers of other religious backgrounds. A bit too close to “morbid” for my taste.

Unapologetically ‘Unorthodox’

With a memoir about growing up in — and leaving — Satmar Williamsburg, 25-year-old Deborah Feldman is one tough Jewess.

02/09/2012
Associate Editor

 

Editor's Note: A follow-up story concerning allegations made in Deborah Feldman's "Unorthodox" appears here.

 

Deborah Feldman and her memoir — “Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of my Hasidic Roots”
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