Orthadox Jews

22 May 2012
Last updated at 02:13


When New York City's web-phobic ultra-orthodox Jews
wanted to discuss how to face the challenge posed to their community by
the growth of the internet, they could hardly set up a Google Hangout or
host a webinar.
With tens of thousands keen to take part, the community
needed a big venue. On Sunday 40,000 men filled Citi Field, home to the
New York Mets baseball team, to chart a way forward.
Amid concern over the dangers the internet poses to
traditional morality, organisers said the discussion focused on how to
protect children from pornography and violent sites. The proliferation
of social media was also a key concern.
The event, sponsored by the ultra-orthodox Jewish group Ichud
Hakehillos Letohar Hamachane, featured prayers and speeches from
spiritual leaders. Tickets sold out quickly, and the organisers rented a
nearby stadium to accommodate another 20,000 people. There were
separate women's events in other venues.
Across the road demonstrators staged a protest, complaining
that sensitive subjects - including child abuse allegations - were being
ignored while the internet was identified as a source of problem and
Despite a media ban the BBC received exclusive amateur video
from inside the stadium, and spoke with attendees at both the protest
and the rally.
Produced by Anna Bressanin. Camera by Ilya Shnitser.

Amateur video courtesy of Eli Gleiberman.