Gilah Kletenik, 23

Orthodox Jewish educator
Editorial Intern
06/14/2010 - 20:00

Gilah Kletenik likes keeping busy. A graduate of Stern College at Yeshiva University, she is a full-time fellow at the university’s Graduate Program for Women in Advanced Talmudic Studies (GPATS). At night, the young Orthodox woman is pursuing a second graduate degree in Jewish philosophy at YU’s Bernard Revel graduate school. “I’ve always wanted to study Torah on a serious level and GPATS is really the best place for doing that,” says Kletenik.

And on weekends?

Gilah Kletenik

Sarah Mina Gordon, 31

The Yiddish mash-up artist
Staff Writer
06/14/2010 - 20:00

A decade ago, Sarah Mina Gordon was studying abroad in Israel. In researching a paper on Yiddish poetry, she realized that most of the English translations she was reading had been done by Jewish New Yorkers, much like herself.

Adi Ezroni, 31

Popular Israeli actress turned human rights advocate
Staff Writer
06/14/2010 - 20:00

No alternate text on picture! - define alternate text in image propertiesIt’s a dark irony that Adi Ezroni, 31, a noted actress on Israel’s top-rated drama series, “Hostages,” was actually held hostage a few years ago. She was traveling in Cambodia, filming a feature film ("Holly") and a documentary about child trafficking ("Redlight").

Yael Buechler, 24

Jewish educator wears her passion on her nails
Editorial Intern
06/14/2010 - 20:00

After considering the weekly parsha, 24-year-old rabbinical student Yael Buechler shares the Torah portion in her usual way: by painting her nails.

As a community religious and social organizer, Buechler is always looking for new ways to bring people together and connect them in a new way with Judaism.

Yael Buechler

Joyce Brown, 34

Physician, mentor, animal lover
Staff Writer
06/14/2010 - 20:00

Young Joyce Brown always knew she wanted to be a doctor — but she can’t explain exactly why.

Joyce Brown

Annual ‘Peace Walk’ Stirs Tensions in Sheepshead Bay

Event takes place amid controversy over plans for a four-story mosque in the neighborhood.
06/14/2010 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

To organizers of the Children of Abraham Peace Walk, an annual event in which Jews, Muslims and Christians march through various areas of Brooklyn, the idea of wending their way this year through Sheepshead Bay — to the site of a proposed mosque — seemed like “a lovely gesture,” said one the planners, Rabbi Ellen Lippmann.

A peace walk caused controversy in Brooklyn when it includes a stop at the site for a controversial proposed mosque.

Benefit Of Doubt

06/14/2010 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

I am savoring an unusual moment of calm amid the morning rush, when my daughter Talia startles me: “Next year I want to go to a Hebrew school where I can keep up my Hebrew.”

I roll my eyes toward my husband. Her pronouncement comes a few hours before the end-of-year party at her afterschool Jewish program — a program I consider to be one of the best-kept secrets of the Hebrew school world.

Exhibit at Schindler Factory Site Recalls Nazi-era Krakow

06/14/2010 - 20:00

Krakow, Poland — In January 1994, an American tourist stepped out of a taxi into a cold, drizzling rain and entered the Jarden Jewish Bookshop at the far end of the square in the Jewish quarter of Krakow.

On the counter he splayed a weeks-old copy of The New York Times before bookshop owner Les Zdzislaw.

Workers prepare museum materials for “memory factory,” which recalls Oskar Schindler’s life-saving exploits in Krakow during WW2

‘Beautiful Words Written Beautifully’

Irene Hizme, an Auschwitz survivor who suffers from multiple sclerosis crafts, hand-lettered cards to benefit aging Holocaust victims.
06/14/2010 - 20:00
Staff Writer

In the basement of her Oceanside, L.I., home, next to a window and a hand-lettered “Patience” poster, Irene Hizme sits at a drawing board, creating works of intricate calligraphy and flower-filled branches.

A Czechoslovakia-born Holocaust survivor in her “early 70s” and retired biochemist/computer programmer, she spends much of her free time these days making thank-you notes and birthday cards. She does many of her works as a volunteer for The Blue Card, an organization that offers financial assistance to aging Holocaust survivors.

“I’ve had a good life,” says Irene Hizme, who survived the Holocaust and now copes with multiple sclerosis.

In the Mix: An Orthodox Rabbi Takes A Humanist Turn

06/14/2010 - 20:00
Associate Editor

Google the words interfaith, wedding and rabbi together and you get a whopping 1.1 million hits.

Perched atop this list (most are about the issues, rather than sites actually offering rabbis who do interfaith weddings) you will find Rabbi David S. Gruber, an Orthodox-ordained rabbi who has performed 60 weddings since he started doing interfaith ceremonies two years ago.

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