Frieda Vizel grew up in the Hasidic community of Kiryas Joel and left the lifestyle with her son. She now explores contemporary Hasidic culture through creative and academic work. Frieda is a tour guide of Hasidic Williamsburg Walking tours. Her website is

Can the Hasidic Community Ever Change?

Yes, but only if we proceed respectfully and pay attention to what has worked in the past


The Truth about Hasidic Education

My family may not speak perfect English, but at least we don’t see education as nothing more than a pathway to a good job


Does a New Documentary on the Ex-Orthodox Help or Harm Its Subjects?

I believe strongly in giving marginalized voices a platform. But to do so honestly means to admit to the more problematic reasons we tell these stories.

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