Life after conservative faith: the defectors who leave ultra-Orthodox communities/ By FARAH HALIME in The Guardian

A growing number of men and women are choosing to leave their overbearing religious sects behind – but they encounter new challenges in secular New York.

Shulem Deen swipes through photos of his eldest daughter’s wedding with a look of pride on his face. He points to a modestly-dressed bride sitting stiffly next to her husband. “I know how nervous they felt,” he says.

Deen is only guessing; he wasn’t invited to his daughter’s wedding. These are not official photos – they were taken clandestinely by people he asked to infiltrate the ceremony.


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