Hi there. I am a licensed tour guide specializing in Hasidic Brooklyn. As of this writing in 2020, I have been doing tours for over six years. I take my visitors on Lee and Bedford and Thirteenth Avenue, I teach, learn, meet people from all over the world, get sunburned and freeze-bitten and soaked through to the bone, eat too much goulash, make great memories.

What makes my tours unique is that I know the Hasidic community intimately. I come from the insular Satmar outpost Kiryas Joel. I was raised, married and became a mother in the community. I later left Hasidism with my son (you can hear about my experience here.) I return to the neighborhood often to visit family, celebrate holidays and scout for the best rugelach.

I try to always be respectful, empathetic, fair. I constantly challenge what I know by learning more, researching, documenting, nerding-out, and posting collections of my essays and cartoons to my blog.

Besides giving tours I sometimes consult on various creative and academic projects. Most recently, I consulted for the play The Wanderers, – Ann Ziegler’s breathtaking play at the Old Globe. During Covid-19 lockdown I am developing a podcast that will launch in April 2020. please help me make something wonderful happen by supporting me on Patreon.

Many thanks to some amazing and talented people for making my projects happen.

Valeria Di Matteo
website developer, coding magician with better taste than any ordinary magician.

Shannon Kuta Kelly
blog editor, social media manager, fastest learner ever.

Tayla Olandim
illustrator, artist with so much soul, Hasidic mapmaker from far-flung Brazil.