This post first appeared on The Shmooze blog at The Forward.
“Jew in the City” fans are used to watching entrepreneurial Allison Josephs sitting on her living room set expounding humorously and informatively into the camera about Orthodox Jewish life. But this time she’s gotten off her couch and out into the field to film a video called “Orthodox Jewish All Stars,” that shows that not all Orthodox Jews spend their lives in the yeshiva or kitchen, as some might assume.
In fact, Orthodox Jews can be found on Capitol Hill, the Billboard charts, the bestseller lists, the performance stage, the basketball court, the Rhodes Scholars list, and the steps of the Supreme Court. Others can be found in television network production meetings, or in the boxing ring.
“People are often incredulous when I explain to them that Orthodox Jews are professionally active in all different parts of society,” Josephs told The Forward in a phone interview. So, rather than continuing on her own to try to break down stereotypes, Josephs steps aside and lets a bunch of exceptionally successful Orthodox Jews — ranging from liberal Modern Orthodox to Hasidic — speak for themselves.
These “All Stars” are: Senator Joel Lieberman; author Faye Kellerman; recording artist Alex Clare; media producer and marketer (Jamie Geller;](http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jamie-geller) pro boxer Dmitriy Salita; pro basketball player Tamir Goodman; comedian Mendy Pellin, Supreme Court law clerk and Sharsheret founder and director Rochelle Shoretz, Rhodes Scholar Miriam Rosenbaum; and the Maccabeats a cappella group.
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© 2012 Renee Ghert-Zand. All rights reserved.
Tags: Alex Clare, Allison Josephs, Dmitriy Salita, Faye Kellerman, Jamie Geller, Jew in the City, Joe Lieberman, Mendy Pellin, Miriam Rosenbaum, Orthodox Jews, Rochelle Shoretz, Tamir Goodman, The Maccabeats