Freidom is an organization for individuals from formerly Orthodox backgrounds who meet on a regular basis for good food, thoughtful conversation, and to make new friends. Most of us were raised with strong attachments to Orthodox Jewish observance, but, while we are each on our own journey, now live mostly secular lives. Our past unites us, and we take from it what we still find meaningful, but we otherwise live simply as members of the world community.
We're a friendly bunch who are always eager to meet new people who are on the Frei journey, whether formerly religious or just exploring. So feel free to request to join our group, and we'll let you know if you seem to be a fit.
We organize social events throughout North America, with a strong focus on NYC, Rockland County, North and South Jersey. Additional NA regional areas include: Baltimore/DC, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, South Florida, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Toronto.
Social events include, dining out, potluck dinners, movies, musical performances, museums, live theater, outdoor activities, cultural events, and anything else our members are interested in. We're always looking for new experiences, so suggestions are welcome and encouraged.
If you have questions, please email us at email@example.com.
Note: While there is no fee to join our organization, we ask that you contribute $1 per event (for events you choose to attend) which goes towards covering Freidom's operation cost.
You must be a minimum of eighteen years of age to join our events. Most events are adults-only. Some events are kid-friendly. Unless explicitly specified, events are adults-only.
"Frei" is a term for a formerly Orthodox Jew. ("OTD" is a term for Off the Derekh-- or off the path of Orthodox observance).
Screening process to protect Freidom members' identity: -All Freidom members can attend events taking place on Shabbat. -Only “vouched” Freidom members can attend events taking place on weekdays/weeknights.
How to become a “vouched” Freidom member (only one of the three options required): [Please note: You do NOT need to break Shabbat in order to become a vouched member]
1) A current “vouched” Freidom member -who knows you in person- vouches for you. or 2) Attend a Shabbat Freidom event. or 3) Meet in person with a Freidom staff person or an assigned vouched Freidom member.
Freidom was founded in loving memory of a beloved friend Rachel Nove 6/13/1980 - 1/28/2010