An Interview with Luzer Twersky: From Ultra-Orthodox to “Transparent” Star

LT: They’re not that closely related. My decision to leave the Hasidic community had a lot more to do with that I don’t believe in Orthodox Judaism, I don’t believe in that definition of God, and that lifestyle didn’t work for me. It was really independent of the acting thing. It’s not like I left the community because I wanted to be an actor. That’s part of it, but it wouldn’t have been enough. I had reached a breaking point in my life: I had tried and tried and tried and it just wasn’t working for me.

Without Footsteps, I would never be here. I would never have made it this far. I heard about them from Hella Winston’s book and got in touch with them. I’ve been a member now for about six or seven years – since I left I’ve been a member. I couldn’t have done it without them. I try to be helpful as much as I can to return the favor.

(Photo by Ella Hatamian)

About Footsteps: Footsteps is the only organization in North America that provides comprehensive supports to individuals grappling with the consequences of leaving ultra-Orthodoxy.  Through its social, emotional, and practical support services, Footsteps has assisted more than 1,100 men and women define their identities, build communities and lead self-determined lives.

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Posted on December 15, 2015

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