Every year, hundreds of ultra-Orthodox Jewish men and women attempt to explore the world beyond their insular communities. These courageous individuals struggle to redefine their lives despite punitive reactions from family and friends, little if any secular education, a lack of experience with modern gender roles and, in some cases, a limited command of English.
Footsteps is the only organization in North America assisting people on this journey. Based in New York, Footsteps provides a range of services, including social and emotional support, educational and vocational guidance, workshops and social activities and access to resources. Thanks to Footsteps, former ultra-Orthodox Jews have a safe, supportive and flourishing community to turn to as they work to define their own identities, build new connections and lead productive lives on their own terms.
Footsteps has served over 1,400 people since its founding in 2003. Demand for Footsteps’ services continues to grow exponentially.