As Friends Remember Faigy, Silent Struggle Surfaces

Depression and suicide rates among the ex-Chasidic community remain high. What needs to change?

07/21/2015 - 20:00
Staff Writer

In the end, the Internet couldn’t save her.

One week before jumping 20 stories in an apparent suicide late Monday evening, Faigy Mayer, a 30-year-old app developer and ex-chasid, penned an article about growing up in the insular, computer-starved community of Borough Park. She emailed the piece to a close friend, hoping to find a place to publish it.

Better times: A photo of Faigy Meyer on her Facebook page

Ex-Chassid And App Developer Jumps To Death

Faigy Mayer, who suffered from depression leapt from an NYC rooftop bar Monday night.

07/20/2015 - 20:00
Editorial Intern

In what officials believe to be a suicide, Faigy Mayer, a former Hasidic Jew and app developer jumped to her death on Monday evening at the 230 Fifth Rooftop Bar in the Flatiron District.

Faigy Mayer's Facebook page contains images of happier times. Via

LGBT Inclusion, Ex-Orthodox Support Organizations Win Bikkurim’s First Grants

05/06/2014 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Bikkurim, a New York-based organization that has helped launch 29 Jewish start-ups since 2000, this week announced the awarding of its first pair of grants -- $100,000 each to Keshet and Footsteps.

Haredim Pack Citi Field As Rabbis Decry 'Impure' Internet

05/20/2012 - 20:00

The sellout crowd that filled the New York Mets’ Citi Field on Sunday night wore black and white, not the Mets’ blue and orange.

And instead of jeering the Philadelphia Phillies or Atlanta Braves, they faced a foe that was, to hear them talk about it, far more formidable: the World Wide Web.

"The internet even with a filter is a minefield of immorality," said Rabbi Ephraim Wachsman, a haredi lecturer. "This issue is the test of the generation. Your strength at this gathering will determine what Judaism will look like a few years from now."

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