Offering a More Authentic Take on Chasidic Life: Melissa Weisz, 36 Under 36

May 25, 2017 – The Jewish Week

Last year she [Melissa] and Malky Goldman, a fellow ex-chasidic Jew, founded an independent movie production company named MalkySquared. (Malky was Weisz’ original name; she took on ‘œMelissa’ when she left the chasidic community because she ‘œwanted to be anonymous,’ not readily identifiable by a Hebrew name.)

MalkySquared is working on productions ‘” often with a female and Jewish perspective, often dealing with sexuality ‘” that offer an accurate portrayal of charedi life, she said. ‘œWe’re showing a little of the underbelly of the community.’

Weisz said. ‘œI feel a responsibility’ to show the true side of that life. Particularly, women’s stories. The women she grew up around are ‘œpassionate,’ she said. ‘œWe’re not meek little girls.’

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