Ari Hershkowitz

Born and raised in New York in an insular, ultra-orthodox Hasidic community, Ari questioned that life from a young age, later becoming an atheist. He has now built a life outside his insular beginnings and has publicly shared the joys and struggle of that journey via social media and in the acclaimed documentary “One of Us”. Ari is an eloquent spokesperson for self-determination, the challenges of alcohol and drug addictions and other extreme behavior, and the need to support formerly orthodox people and improve education in religious communities.