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Meet the Founder of GesherEU, Emily Green

Tuesday, 13th February @ 8:00 pm

Join Mosaic Culture Hub to hear from Emily Green,  founder of  GesherEU.

People from Jewish ultra-orthodox and Chasidic communities who choose to enter mainstream society, do so as “new immigrants”. They face cultural disorientation and isolation and lack the practical knowledge and skills needed to function independently in a totally new environment

GesherEU provides the first steps to building a new community of friends, both ex-charedi and from the wider community, offering social support as well as advice on educational and vocational opportunities.

After deciding to leave the ultra-orthodox Belz community in Stamford Hill in 2012, Emily faced a long, lonely and difficult process of integration into mainstream society.

Emily will talk about her experience of growing up within the charedi community, her arranged marriage at the age of 20 and the challenges she faced when leaving the community with her (then) 5 young children. Emily will also talk about the charity she founded and now runs to support those leaving the charedi community and will show a short video clip which includes testimonies and stories from their members.

Emily now lives in Harrow with her six children and is Head of English at a large, mainstream secondary school. She says: “My aim is to use my own experience of leaving to help others who make the same choice, and to show them that it is possible to leave the community and live a successful life”.