I am Tomo Chen, a volunteer at Hillel; I work as a copywriter and live in Tel Aviv. I volunteered at Hillel’s transition apartments in the Tel Aviv branch, and I am the address for everyone who makes “double exit”, i.e. both disaffiliated from extreme orthodoxy and declaring their sexuality (LGBT). At Hillel, I am always willing to help others using my life experience to help and set a personal example to others. To show that it is possible to get through the challenges and to succeed. To those who want to disaffiliate from ultra orthodoxy I say – take a deep breath, put on your armour – and join us, we are going into battle for our identity.
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