We are a group of 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 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 relate to the interest of the OTD 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.
At this time, we organize at least six events per month, in New York City, Rockland County and North Jersey. Events include, but are not limited to: dining out, pot-luck dinners, meeting for a movie, attending musical performances, museums, live theater, other cultural events, or anything else our members are interested in. We're always looking for new experiences, so suggestions are welcome and encouraged.
We hope you will join us. If you have questions, please email us at email@example.com.
Note: While there is no fee to join our group, we ask that you contribute $1 per event (for events you choose to attend) which goes towards covering OTD Meetup's operations 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, event are adults-only.
(OTD is a term for Frei / Off the Derekh-- or off the path of Orthodox observance.)
Screening process to protect group members identity: -All group members can attend events taking place on Shabbat. -Only “vouched” group members can attend events taking place on weekdays/weeknights.
How to become a “vouched” 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” group member -who knows you in person- vouches for you. or 2) Attend a Shabbat meetup event. or 3) Meet in person with an organizer or an assigned vouched group member.
OTDM was founded in loving memory of a beloved friend Rachel Nove 6/13/1980 - 1/28/2010