Frieda Vizel is a licensed New York City Sightseeing Guide. She grew up in a very large Hasidic family and was educated and married according to the Satmar Hasidic tradition. Although she left the Hasidic lifestyle with her son, she returns to the community to visit family, celebrate holidays and enjoy the rich culture. Frieda is a writer, cartoonist and a graduate student at Sarah Lawrence College where she studies Hasidic women's history and contemporary culture. Frieda’s intimate knowledge of the Hasidic world, and her academic research, are reflected by her enthusiasm for the history and culture of Hasidic society which she presents with empathy and with nuance. Visit her doodles and musings at www.oyveycartoons.com.
Yoelish Steinberg was raised in the Satmar Hasidic tradition in a family of followers of the Satmar Rebbes since the 1920s in Hungary. A resident of Williamsburg for years, Yoelish received a Hasidic cheder education with its unique male curriculum of classical Jewish and Hasidic texts. He has lived and taken interest in the community's affairs since the late '80s. He now guides groups through the Hasidic section of Williamsburg and makes a hobby of researching the Russian-inspired songs of the Hasidic, post-Holocaust Williamsburg artist, Yom Tov Ehrlich.