With the hot summer weather, layers of clothing are shed, and the world is reopening, as the pandemic loses its grip on society. It’s perhaps a fitting time for Netflix to release My Unorthodox Life, the latest example in a genre of books, documentaries, and now a reality show, about formerly Orthodox Jews. “It’s hard to imagine that just a few years ago I was living in an extreme ultra-Orthodox Jewish community and then I packed up and left,” Julia Haart said. “You can say that we have a very interesting life.”

The countercultural ice cream company, famous for “punny” flavor names, took a dip into Middle Eastern politics on Monday in a tweet announcing its boycott of Israel. “We believe it is inconsistent with our values for Ben & Jerry’s ice cream to be sold in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT). We also hear and recognize the concerns shared with us by our fans and trusted partners.”

With a cast holding up his left arm, Rabbi Shlomo Noginsky, 41, of Boston, spoke in Hebrew at a rally against anti-Semitism on Sunday in Washington. “I was born in the Soviet Union, in the city of St. Petersburg; I remember how even as a young child I experienced terrible anti-Semitism. Never in my darkest dreams did I imagine that I would experience it here in the United States.”

Among the alphabet soup of organizations representing the Jewish population of New York, there are a few that originated in a time when consensus existed despite the religious and political divides. Rabbi Michael Miller of the Jewish Community Council of New York (JCRC-NY) is respected across the Jewish spectrum for his pro-Israel advocacy, outreach to elected officials, and combating anti-Semitism.