Touch Away Project

A Touch Away – the award-winning TV Series

A forbidden love story between secular Russian Israeli, Zorik, and his ultra-orthodox neighbor, Rochele. This beautifully acted, sensitively directed, and intelligently scripted Israeli TV series draws us inside two different aspects of Israel: the world of a Russian émigré family, and the world of a Bnei Brak haredi family. As the series develops, our stereotypes are filled out with nuance, our assumptions and expectations spin, as we wait with bated breath to see whether a crazy Romeo and Juliet-type love can conquer all!

This 8 part TV drama is being offered to participating congregations in the New York area for no charge whatsoever: The Touch Away Project.


This is an innovative project that develops a unique collaboration between independent home-based activity, and public communal events.

  1. The first seven episodes of the TV series Touch Away are distributed freely to 20 key connectors in the community, for them to see at home at their convenience.
  2. All are encouraged to view the episodes with friends, and to hand on the DVDs to others when they are finished.
  3. The series spreads virally throughout the community
  4. The final cliff-hung episode #8 is screened at a public event in the congregation – all those who saw episode 1 thru 7 in private will be drawn to see the final episode together.

As a participating congregation you will receive:

  • 20 DVD copies of episodes 1-7, together with legal permission to distribute (for no charge)
  • 1 DVD copy of episode 8, together with public screening rights

Contact Michael Mittelman for all details at mittelman [at] jcrcny [dot] org


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