Hi there.

Until I was 25, I lived in the Satmar Hasidic community. This experience, along with my interest in how society works on a systemic level, informs my work. I draw from all sorts of disciplines, like urban studies, history, sociology and cultural criticism.

My main job, my bread and butter, is WALKING TOURS in Jewish Brooklyn. I love giving tours, but my tours are so important to me because they serve as a jumping-off point from which I explore larger projects on the personal and the societal:

I write about what I see. For much of my life, I’ve felt the need to write, to document. Some of my work has been published. But most of my work is on this BLOG, which goes back to 2008. Many posts are on Hasidic society, forming a kind of street anthropology on an under-studied subculture in NYC. I also recently serialized a MEMOIR for Patreon supporters. I plan to remove the memoir and rewrite it. My PODCAST ’Radically Human’ was a 30+ episode exploration of modern society and the pandemic.

My latest project is a YOUTUBE CHANNEL on Hasidic culture. I have videos on Holidays, Hasidic food, kosher technology and more. I invite you to watch and subscribe!

Many thanks to some amazing talents 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, wonderful poet in her own right

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