Mini Series: On Becoming a Baal Teshuva

Mini Series: On Becoming a Baal Teshuva on Web Yeshiva

Course Description

Join Allison Josephs, founder of, as she shares the story of her journey of spiritual growth.

Part 1: “Why I Did It,” (experiencing an existential crisis in childhood pushed me to find purpose before it was too late). Part 2: “How I Did It” (how do you persevere when faced with obstacles preventing spiritual growth?). Part 3: “How I Kept It” (so many ba’alei teshuva revert to their old ways eventually – how do you make teshuva last?). The series will take place on Monday, May 23rd & 30th and June 6th. While this mini series is complimentary, there is a suggested donation of $10 for the session.

About Ms. Allison Josephs
Allison Josephs is the founder of which aims to break down stereotypes and misconceptions about Orthodox Jews and Judaism through the power of new media. Allison was raised as a proud Conservative Jew in a small town in New Jersey. As a result of a childhood existential crisis, she spent years searching for the meaning of life. At the end of high school she started looking into Judaism, and saw that there was much depth and beauty within Orthodoxy, but realized that it was an option that so few Jewish people ever consider, as public opinion of Orthodox Jews is so negative. Allison has been involved in the field of Jewish outreach for a dozen years, teaching and lecturing in cities across America, and has worked for Partners in Torah, Sinai Retreats, NCSY and Stars of David. She has also written, directed, and produced videos for and has seen her writing published in the Jewish Press, the Forward, the Washington Times, and many other publications. Allison received her Bachelor of Arts from Columbia University in Philosophy and lives minutes from the George Washington Bridge with her husband and four children.

5 comments on “Mini Series: On Becoming a Baal Teshuva

  1. The only orthodox bashing newspapers I can recall seeing in the US are non-Orthodox Jewish newspapers who were pushing a non-orthodox or anti-orthodox agenda. I wouldn’t describe any of the mainstream secular papers I have read over the years as anti-orthodox. Very often their perspective is very far from ours, but I expect that and don’t attribute it to a specific bias against orthodox Jews.

  2. 1. The finances of general newspapers might not suffer much if the Orthodox opted out.

    2. Our Orthodox newspapers have been improving. However, if they contained more of the news and consistently presented all sides of important issues fairly, we’d have less reason to look elsewhere for content or balance. Also, all information supplied by organizations or businesses should be labeled as such.

  3. Administrator said:
    “public opinion of Orthodox Jews is so negative”

    One the biggest reasons for the negative public opinion of Orthodox Jews is the relentless efforts of Orthodox-bashing newspapers.

    Because of the amazing power of the Yetzer HaRa, some Orthodox Jews still continue to purchase those Orthodox-bashing newspapers regularly.

    Despite irrational attempts at justifying this evil practice, it is nothing more than a bad habit, and like all bad habits, it is difficult to break away from.

    What a bright and beautiful and pleasant day it will be when Jews finally STOP buying Orthodox-bashing newspapers!

  4. For those of us living in North America, these class dates are actually three consecutive Sundays, not Mondays: May 22, 29 and June 5.
    The shiurim will start at 8 PM, Eastern Daylight Time.

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