36 Under 36 2009: Where Are They Now

Sivan Achor-Borowich:

Married David Borowich. Jewish Hearts for Africa received an operational grant from the Natan Fund and was selected as a finalist in JTA’s Green Beanie awards celebrating Jewish environmentalism.

Wendy Amsellem:

Is in Israel this year on a Mandel Jerusalem Fellowship.

Ronit Avni:

Recently selected to be among 230 "Young Global Leaders" and is producing a film on strategic non-violence in the context of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Edoe Cohen:

Officially launched Omanoot: Israel through Art (omanoot.com), an organization that aims to reveal the cultural, educational and diplomatic power of  Israeli art. In February, Omanoot held its first fundraiser at the home of Bernard Plum.

Menachem Ejdelman:

Now running two Yiddish Breaks: one at JTS here and the other at the University of Chicago.

Zoya Raynes Friedman:

Is working with JHP to grow its groundbreaking program, the Old City Jewish Art Center (OCJAC) a mid-size art gallery opened in Old City Philadelphia Mecca which educates all people about Judaism through the art scene in Philadelphia.

David Greenfield:

He and his group, TEACH NYS, organized a grassroots campaign to beat back Gov. David Paterson’s proposed budget cuts for private schools. After 15,000 calls to the governor on a TEACH NYS hotline and frequent trips up to Albany with school leaders from across New York State, Paterson relented and put back in the final budget $30,000,000 for private schools. He also hosts a weekly "Ask Greenfield" podcast on politics that is heard by tens of thousands of Orthodox Jewish listeners on www.theyeshivaworld.com.

Ben Hyman:

Performed for soldiers in IDF military bases from Eilat to the Golan alongside Lehakat Hanachal (the Israeli army band) last summer.

 Rabbbi Jill Jacobs:

Published "There Shall Be No Needy: Pursuing Social Justice through Jewish Law and Tradition" (Jewish Lights).

Rabbi Elie Kaunfer:

Named to Newsweek’s "50 Influential Rabbis" List (No. 46) and served as the Scholar in Residence at the Jewish Funders Network conference in March. Mechon Hadar received a three-year Covenant Foundation grant to train abd educate Yeshivat Hadar alumni.

Rachel Klapper:

Was in Israel studying at Hebrew University for the semester, where she raised $52,000 for a clubhouse for an Israeli Army base neat the Gaza border, so that soldiers in the Sayeret Givaati unit would have a place to relax.

Dani Klein:

Created a Kosher Travel Blog (yeahthatskosher.com) and has launched ParnasaFest, a series of Jewish networking events aimed at helping those who have been laid off or looking for a new job in this tough economy.

Naomi Less:

Finished her first album, Mishuga’at, and launching the JCRock Club, an after-school program that encourages girls to write, perform, and play Jewishly inspired rock music.

Jackie Miller:

Is earning her master’s in arts/politics from the art and public policy department at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts next month.

Jennie Rosenfeld:

Made aliyah and received a research fellowship from the Institute of Advanced Studies at the Shalom Hartman Institute, where she is working on writing a book on Jewish sexual ethics for singles.

Todd Schechter:

Participated in the 20008 Israeli Foreign Ministry Diplomatic Training Seminar for Young Jewish Leaders and was a 2008 Shapiro Family Fellow.

Ari Teman:

Was awarded the "Joke of the Week" by Time Out NY in February. JCorps has expanded to four countries and six cities: New York, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Montreal, Toronto, and London. And his new business, GatherGrid, was featured in Inc. Magazine.

Rabbi Melissa Weintraub:

Was the Jewish keynote speaker at an interfaith conference in Australia alongside former President of Iran Mohammad Khatami and Prince El Hassan bin Talal of Jordan.

Joey Weisenberg:

Has joined the faculty of Yeshivat Hadar and, at the end of June, will perform in the Krakow Jewish music festival with this year’s 36er Michael Winograd.

Rabbi Chananya Weissman:

Made aliyah this past summer.

Shmuly Yanklowitz

and the group he helped form, Uri L’Tzedek, led the boycott on Agriprocessors, with the signatures of 2,000 Jewish leaders. Uri L’Tzedek was accepted into Bikkurim and has hired full-time staffers.



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