Peace in the House: A not-so-religious Jew and her Orthodox siblings
In Canada and around the world, there is a phenomenon where young men and women - - raised by secular Jewish parents — are choosing to live a traditional Jewish life. Trading in their ballcaps for skullcaps...and blue jeans for long skirts. They follow the strict rules of Orthodox Judaism... though their parents do not.
It's a situation that Linda and Eric Lerner and Bonnie and Paul Rodak have been dealing with for almost a decade. Both Toronto couples have children who found religion later in life. And they're not alone. So a few years ago, these secular Jewish parents started a support group with a very un-kosher name. It's called PORK - Parents of Religious Kids. The group has about 35 members who meet once a month in Toronto.
We did some research and discovered other such support groups in the United States also with the name PORK. But none called "SORK", or "Siblings of Religious Kids." That's the kind of support group CBC producer Danielle Nerman could have used 18 years ago.
Danielle Nerman's documentary is called Peace in the House.
The Current's Documentary Editor is Joan Webber.