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Welcome to the OTD* Meetup!

We are a group of individuals from formerly Orthodox Jewish 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 try to organize at least four events per month, two in NYC and two in Rockland-Bergen Counties. 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

Please note: while there is no fee to join our group, we ask that you contribute $1 per event (for events you choose to attend) in order to cover the admin fee.

You must be a minimum of eighteen years of age to join our meetup events. Most events are adults-only. Some events are kids-friendly. Unless explicitly specified, event are adults-only.

(*OTD stands for "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 four options required):
[Please note: You do NOT need to break Shabbat in order to become a vouched member]

1) A current “vouched” group member vouches for you.
2) Attend a Shabbat meetup event.
3) A Footsteps staff member vouches for you. 
4) 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

We're 637 Freithinkers

New members must be approved by the Organizer

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Upcoming Meetups

  • Monday, December 5, 2016 6:45 PM

    Rockland-Bergen: Classics Movie Series – Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope

    5 Freithinkers attending
  • Tuesday, December 6, 2016 7:30 PM

    Virtual: Monthly Classics Book Club – Fahrenheit 451

    7 Freithinkers attending
  • Sunday, December 11, 2016 10:00 AM

    Long Island: Chocolate Expo & Aviation Museum - Family Friendly

    9 Freithinkers attending
  • Wednesday, December 14, 2016 7:30 PM

    Brooklyn: Wednesday Social at The Lounge - Bi-Monthly Event

    3 Freithinkers attending
  • Thursday, December 22, 2016 7:30 PM

    Rockland-Bergen: Cholent and Social

    5 Freithinkers attending
  • Saturday, December 24, 2016 11:45 AM

    Manhattan: Dim Sum on Christmas Eve - OTDM's 4th Anniversary

    9 Freithinkers attending
  • Monday, December 26, 2016 1:00 PM

    Rockland-Bergen: OTDM-4-Kids Holiday Crafts and Dance Party

    15 Freithinkers attending
  • Tuesday, January 3, 2017 7:30 PM

    Virtual: Monthly Classics Book Club – 1984

    3 Freithinkers attending
  • Monday, January 9, 2017 6:45 PM

    Rockland: Classics Movie Series – Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back

    3 Freithinkers attending
  • Sunday, January 15, 2017 2:15 PM

    Manhattan: God of Vengeance - Off-Broadway Play in Yiddish w/ English Subtitles

    17 Freithinkers attending
  • Friday, February 10, 2017 7:30 PM

    Brooklyn: Friday, Peter Luger Steakhouse

    10 Freithinkers attending
  • Saturday, March 4, 2017 5:00 PM

    NYC: OTD Prom - It's Never Too Late

    47 Freithinkers attending
  • Saturday, April 15, 2017 1:00 PM

    Rockland-Bergen: Lamb Roast Potluck, Followed by Karaoke

    4 Freithinkers attending
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