I’m Ido Lev, born in 1979 and currently living in Bangkok, Thailand. In the past, I lived in Rehovot and grew up there in the Hasidic community. I left about 15 years ago, and I got in touch with Hillel about two years later after seeing a random ad in the newspaper, in a section dedicated to organizations that help people in all kinds of distress. Through Hillel, I received help with housing, social support, psychological support and a scholarship. I’m currently a software development manager at Agora, but more importantly the proud father of adorable twins.
I would urge those who are thinking of disaffiliating from ultra-Orthodoxy to receive psychological support. I continued with my psychologist for several years after leaving, and it helped me a lot on many different levels.
I’m Sarah Reich, 33 years old. I left the ultra-Orthodox community in Jerusalem about 4 years ago with my two sons now aged 9 and