Ultra Orthodox Jews complain about people on bus trips taking photos of them as if they were in a zoo. or & # 39; from another world & # 39; while tourists flock to Brooklyn after popular Netflix shows Shtisel and One of Us
- Orthodox Jews in Williamsburg, Brooklyn are upset about busloads of tourists who treat them as if they were on display
- Residents say they are treated like they are a must-see tourist attraction
- Tourists are said to take photos of the locals without permission
- Tourists are particularly pleased with orthodox Jewish clothing and customs
- Tourism in the neighborhoods is said to have increased after Netflix debuted the series Shtisel and the One of Us documentary
Ultraorthodox Jews in Brooklyn are said to be unhappy because they are treated as if they are & # 39; on a kind of display & # 39; are like they & # 39; in a zoo & # 39; are by tourists who come to their neighborhoods to take pictures of their traditional clothing and customs.
Residents of orthodox communities in Williamsburg and Crown Heights told the New York Post that they are not amused by the way sightseeing tours take hundreds of tourists to their neighborhoods every day for & # 39; contrasting & # 39; trips.
& # 39; People take pictures of you as if you are on a kind of display – as if you are in a zoo & # 39 ;, a member of the Williamsburg Satmar community, Chaim, 42, told the newspaper and added: & # 39; We are human beings, not animals being photographed. & # 39;
Residents of the ultra-orthodox communities of Brooklyn say they do not appreciate being treated like they are in a zoo & # 39; are by tour groups that take photos of them without their permission. This image appears on the Facebook page of the & # 39; contrast & # 39; tour operator InterviajesNY
Residents said that tourists are particularly charmed by taking pictures of Orthodox men when wearing their traditional large, round fur hats, also known as shtreimels (seen here), on Saturday
Although InterviajesNY, Tour America and Civitatis have been running the so-called & # 39; contrast & # 39; they are constantly being photographed without their permission.
Max Hauer, 41, from the Satmar area of Williamsburg, said the neighborhood & # 39; a & # 39; must-see & # 39; has become & # 39; for tourists, thanks to the popular Israeli series by Shtisel and the One of Us documentary by Netflix.
As a result, visitors & # 39; see me as a freak & # 39; and because they & # 39; see us as people from another world & # 39; they think it's good that they take photos without permission and look at them with surrender.
Hauer noted that the intrusive photo sessions on Saturday were even more intense when men wore their shtreimels, or large, round fur hats.
The & # 39; contrast & # 39; tours are known to take tourists to Oneg (left) and Kaff & # 39; s (right) bakeries
Another popular stop during the tours is the toy store Hasidic, Toys 4 U
Rabbi Yoni Katz (left) organizes a tour in Crown Heights, taking visitors to a wig shop that focuses on Hasidic women. An InterviajesNY travel group (right)
& # 39; When I go to the synagogue … they all start taking pictures for my face, & # 39; Hauer said.
The Post said that while taking a Spanish-language tour with InterviajesNY, the guide referred to a myth about orthodox Jews using a magazine with a strategic hole in it during sex, alongside other stereotypes about the community. Participants in the tour were meanwhile observed while pointing at a Hasidic woman and loudly asked if she was wearing a wig.
The crazy pit tour stops at Hasidic toy store, Toys 4 U and Kaff & # 39; s Bakery.
Meanwhile, it is known that Rabbi Yoni Katz at Crown Heights takes his tour groups to sheitels, shops selling wigs to Hasidic women who have to cover their heads according to Jewish law.
A Hasidic woman told The Post that she is taking umbrage to the scanty clothes that tourists wear in her orthodox neighborhood.
& # 39; The levels of modesty are completely against our beliefs, & # 39; she said, noting that residents & # 39; the right & # 39; have to ask tourists to respect their habits when walking through their streets.
As such, it was said that some stores have started placing signs that & # 39; conservative clothing & # 39; or bar people ask to enter the property if they wear shirtless or barefoot or types or tank tops.
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