Hannah Dreyfus’ heartbreaking story of an ex-chasidic young women who took her own life (“We Tried To Be There For Her,” July 24) highlighted the isolation and loneliness that can come for young adults with leaving a community and cutting most ties to family and friends. Footsteps is a great organization dedicated to creating a new community for people like Faigy Meyer, but they need partners.
Liberal Orthodox communities have a unique opportunity to provide a familiar, welcoming and non-judgmental environment for people who are leaving a chasidic community but want to maintain some connection with traditional Judaism. Although these young men and women are not the products of progressive Judaism, they might find a new home there, or at least a way station, on their journey to a new community.
I hope the entire Jewish community can continue to support one another regardless of personal choices, and help to prevent tragedies like this from happening in the future.
White Plains, N.Y.