Strictly Jewish: Untold Australia

The Adass Israel community is Australia’s most ultra-Orthodox Jewish sect, striving to maintain their ancient faith in the modern world. Told through the eyes of three members – Raizel Fogel, Shlomo Abelesz and Rabbi Aryeh Goldman, Strictly Jewish lifts the lid on this closely guarded Jewish sect, revealing for the very first time on TV, a community steeped in ancient rites and rituals and managing to maintain an ancient faith more than 5000 years old.

Watch the program at SBS OnDemand until May 10th.


  • Meet the Adass Israel community
  • Hatzolah: the private ambulance network servicing one of Melbourne’s most reclusive communities
  • Inside a TV Studio: While in Israel, Rabbi Aryeh Goldman gets the opportunity of a lifetime, a look inside a TV studio. In Melbourne TV is shunned by Adass, but in Israel it is used to broadcast sermons across the Jewish world.
  • Giving back through pastry: Charity is a core tenet of Judaism, but Adass practice it every day of the year.