October 18, 2018

A guide for the secular-workplace perplexed

Let’s face it — in our largely secular world, observant Jews can stand out. Many wear modest clothing, don head coverings and don’t touch people of the opposite sex if they aren’t related. When entering the workforce, these and other belief-based practices are bound to create challenges. To begin with, how much do you say, or show, on that all-important first interview? 

When Los Angeles-based attorney Menachem Shapiro applied for jobs after law school, he proudly wore his kippah during his on-campus interviews. “I always wear a kippah,” he said. “Going to a job interview doesn’t change that. I’m a Jew. Jews wear kippot. I’ve got nothing to hide.”

But not everyone shares Shapiro’s confidence in approaching these questions. To help observant Jews navigate the workplace, authors Lavie and Rachel Margolin wrote the book “Can I Wear My Kippah on Job Interviews?”