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Daniel Smith, 24

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Students Invested In Israel

Students Invested In Israel

05/23/2016 (All day)

At a time when other students at the University of Michigan were advancing anti-Israel boycotts and disinvestment, Daniel Smith thought to help Israel by doing exactly the opposite: investing in the Jewish State and helping other students — Jewish and non-Jewish — do the same.

Daniel Smith, 24 - Students Invested In Israel

Danielle Gould, 33

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Committed to a Better Food Future

Committed to a Better Food Future

05/23/2016 (All day)

There’s a revolution happening in the food industry, and Danielle Gould is on the front lines.

Danielle Gould, 33 - Committed to a Better Food Future

Matt Ronen, 34

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Service to the People

Service to the People

05/23/2016 (All day)

Though Matt Ronen grew up with little connection to Judaism or Israel, he decided to join the Israel Defense Forces in 2001 after reading one too many tragic headlines about the bus bombings and civilian attacks surrounding the second intifada.

Matt Ronen, 34 - Service to the People

Danit Sibovits, 32

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Attorney for Israel Advocacy

Attorney for Israel Advocacy

05/23/2016 (All day)

Danit Sibovits, 32, has been on the front lines of helping Jewish students as an attorney, and now supports the State of Israel through the Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey.

 “I grew up in an extremely Zionist home,” says Sibovits, remembering “my mom crying while watching [television when] Israel was at war. I have an innate love for Israel and feel really proud of my heritage.”

Danit Sibovits, 32 - Attorney for Israel Advocacy

Chaim Levin, 27

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Standing Up For LGBTQ Rights

Standing Up For LGBTQ Rights

05/23/2016 (All day)

From the time Chaim Levin was 6, a cousin six years his senior sexually abused him. The violent assaults continued weekly until he was 10 — in his father’s shul, their houses and their Catskill bungalows. At 14 he told his rabbi, who advised his parents to preserve family unity by “pretending nothing happened” — a “systematic cover-up,” he says, “that still haunts me.”

Chaim Levin, 27 - Standing Up For LGBTQ Rights

Pamela Schuller, 30

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Spreading the Inclusion Message

Spreading the Inclusion Message

05/23/2016 (All day)

During elementary school, Schuller, who has Tourette’s syndrome, would frequently make barking or other sounds she could not control. She would frequently be asked to leave the classroom.

Pamela Schuller, 30 - Spreading the Inclusion Message

Zack Pollack, 22

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‘I Wanted to Inspire People’

‘I Wanted to Inspire People’

05/23/2016 (All day)

Born premature with cerebral palsy, a quadriplegic who has used a wheelchair most of his life, Pollack briefly thought of becoming a psychologist, but had no concrete career goal … until he underwent lifesaving surgery eight years ago.

The 10-hour operation, to correct a curvature of his spine, was followed by a yearlong recuperation period, during which he decided to become a motivational speaker.

Zack Pollack, 22 - ‘I Wanted to Inspire People’

Ruti Regan, 31

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Saying ‘Dayenu’ to Exclusion

Saying ‘Dayenu’ to Exclusion

05/23/2016 (All day)

For Ruti Regan, the first openly autistic rabbinical student to attend Jewish Theological Seminary, the Passover seder is laden with messages about inclusion.

 “The redemption story is all about building sanctity, even when the situation is degrading,” said the 31-year-old North Carolina native. “When we’re in exile, we need to acknowledge the hardship but not be consumed by it. We have to keep building.”

Ruti Regan, 31 - Saying ‘Dayenu’ to Exclusion

Jane Tuv, 30

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Teaching Without Borders

Teaching Without Borders

05/23/2016 (All day)

Jane Tuv, 30 - Teaching Without Borders

Nechama Price, 36

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Revolutionizing Women’s Torah Learning

Revolutionizing Women’s Torah Learning

05/23/2016 (All day)

Nechama Price never learned Talmud until her post-high school gap year studying in Israel. Her all-girls high school simply didn’t offer it as an option.

“It was something that was so important to me, that I be able to learn on a serious level, because that’s how I felt a connection,” she said. “When I got the opportunity to learn Gemara, I felt it even more.”

Nechama Price, 36 - Revolutionizing Women’s Torah Learning
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