For fans of the Netflix series, Unorthodox, a virtual event organised by Youth Aliyah Child Rescue next Sunday will definitely be of interest. The charity, which works with at risk children in Israel, will be hosting an evening with Amit Rahav, who played Yanky Shapiro in the hit series on Sunday 11th July at 7pm.
Unorthodox tells the story of Esty (played by Shira Haas of Shtisel fame), a 19-year-old woman living in the Satmar community in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. After marrying her husband, Yanky, she is expected to conform to the expectations of society by having children and living a religious life, but the pressure of the situation is too much, and she escapes to Berlin to find herself. Whilst Esty is keen to discover the big wide world, her abandoned husband, Yanky, played by Amit Rahav is determined to try and save their marriage and persuade her to return to her old life.
The free event will see Amit speaking with friend and fellow actor, Liraz Chamami about his role in the hit series which won him an Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Performance in a Scripted Series.
Throughout lockdown, Youth Aliyah Child Rescue have been hosting a wide range of virtual events keeping in touch with its supporters, as well as raising awareness of the work they do to a new audience.
Fundraising Manager, Nicola Gold, originally from Essex, has worked closely with a committee of volunteers to organise the events which have included legendary musician Marty Wilde and best-selling author Heather Morris. A recent event with the cast of Israeli drama, Srugim, attracted fans from the US and Israel as well as the UK, and Nicola hopes that the popularity of Unorthodox will also have a wide reach.
“For anyone who loved the series, no matter where they are based, this will be a great opportunity to tune in and find out about what happened behind the scenes, and there will also be a chance for audience members to ask Amit questions too. We’re really excited to be hosting this event and very grateful to Amit for giving up his time to take part.”
Tickets for this event are free, but must be booked in advance – click here to book