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Oprah Winfrey Visits N.Y. Chasidic Families in New Series

Oprah Winfrey Visits N.Y. Chasidic Families in New Series


Oprah Winfrey, in New York as part of a new television series, “Oprah’s Next Chapter,” that premieres in January, visited the neighborhoods of Crown Heights, Borough Park and Brooklyn Heights for a glimpse into the daily life of Chasidic Jews and how their intense spiritual devotion informs and strengthens their dealings with the outside world.

Winfrey sat down with two families as part of her visit, enjoying a traditional meal as well. She also discussed communal affairs with five women and toured a Chabad-Lubavitch run Jewish ritual bath, known as a mikvah, in Brooklyn Heights.

A departure from the talk show format that propelled her rise to stardom, “Oprah’s Next Chapter” will air on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network. According to producers, it will focus on her journeys outside the studio as she takes conversations with real people, newsmakers, celebrities and thought leaders to a new level.

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February 12, 2012
Think its Great
I am a conservative Jew who practices some more traditional observances. I go to a Chasidic synagogue and am very close wtih our Rabbi and his extended family. Their calm happy ways are an example to me and my friends. Yet, I often wonder what goes on behind close doors; not from a negative voyeristic place but from a "how do they do it" place. I think this show idea is phenomenal.
Stony Brook, NY
February 6, 2012
On what TV channel is it gonna be?
argentina, argentina
November 11, 2011
Not just Education for Non-Jews
I hope this show will also teach non observant Jews the beauty of our observances and not be critical of their fellow Jews who are observant. Sometimes I think we are our own best enemy
Alpharetta, ga
October 31, 2011
Don't panic!
Maybe this is a good thing. We complain constantly about people's ignorance regarding the jewish way of life. I believe the more the non-jews learn about judaism and jews, the better it is for everyone concerned. Knowledge brings understanding. Isn't that what we want with the non-jews?
Joburg, South Africa
October 30, 2011
I hope she gave a gigantic donation!!
October 29, 2011
I think you need not be so cynical. As far as my impression of Oprah goes, the utmost attempt of respect will be exercised. If something comes out as less than respectful, I don't think it would be intentional. At that point, anyone is free to respond in order to rectify the misunderstanding. Perhaps you could write to her and voice your concerns.
brooklne, ma
October 26, 2011
Big mistake
Oprah doesn't care about accuracy, just ratings. I would not trust her to present this the way you want. The community should have said no.
Susan Levitsky
October 26, 2011
OMG - I gave them that idea!
I had no idea they were using that idea, I wish they would have told me they picked it up
Ruth Amber Gristak
brooklyn, ny
October 26, 2011
That sounds like such a great show...I'm definitely gonna watch it!
Toronto, Canada
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