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Elissa Strauss contemplates just what it is about Israeli television show ‘Srugim’ that has Americans hooked.
Forget Jersey Shore. The hottest TV show of recent weeks – among a certain set, anyway – is “Srugim,” the Israeli program about a group of young, modern-Orthodox Jerusalemite singles. The religious version of Friends, if you will, or maybe even Sex and the City. Minus most the sex, of course.
“Srugim,” the hit television series tracing the love lives of modern Orthodox Jews in Jerusalem, returned this past Sunday to the Israeli cable channel YES! The series — its name is derived from the knit yarmulkes favored by the dati le’umi or religious nationalist boys and men in Israel — has surprised even its creators by its immense popularity among secular Israelis. In the U.S., “Srugim” has developed a cult-like following among the modern Orthodox, who can equate life in the Jerusalem neighborhood Katamon (nicknamed “the bitzah” or the swamp) to life in the similarly religiously and romantically fraught Upper West Side of Manhattan.