Pro­ducer plans Ortho­dox re­al­ity show

The Jewish Chronicle - - World News - BY JEN­NIFER LIP­MAN

NEW YORK’S strictly-ortho­dox com­mu­nity could go un­der the mi­cro­scope if a tele­vi­sion pro­ducer suc­ceeds in her plan for a re­al­ity show about their lives.

How­ever, Noah Schein­mann, ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer at No Re­grets En­ter­tain­ment, wants the se­ries to fo­cus on those mem­bers who opt out of the in­su­lar com­mu­nity.

He has al­ready at­tracted Pearlperry Re­ich and her boyfriend Shauli Gross­man to the ros­ter. Ms Re­ich, a mother of four, made waves ear­lier this year af­ter go­ing to the me­dia with her decision to re­ject her Cha­sidic roots and her cus­tody bat­tle with her still-re­li­gious hus­band. The rabbi’s daugh­ter, who was pushed into an ar­ranged mar­riage at the age of 18, has said she plans to pur­sue a ca­reer in act­ing and mod­el­ling.

If a net­work agrees to broad­cast Shunned, Ms Re­ich and three oth­ers will get their star turns.

She told the New York Post: “My main pur­pose is to cre­ate a pos­i­tive Ju­daism. And it would be a re­ally good op­portu- nity for me to get my face out there.”

Luzer Tw­er­sky, who has been named as the third cast mem­ber, also had an ar­ranged mar­riage as a teenager. Now work­ing in fash­ion, he said: “A lot of things are new to me. I saw Star Wars for the first time last year.”

If the se­ries goes ahead, it is likely to cause dis­may to the tight-knit Jewish pop­u­la­tion of New York. Ear­lier this year a tell-all mem­oir by for­mer Ortho­dox Jew Deb­o­rah Feld­man was heav­ily crit­i­cised as mis­lead­ing and even fab­ri­cated.

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