Encouraging young Jews to care for the global community
After visiting relatives in Israel during the Gaza war, and attending four days of intensive briefings with heads of intelligence and military leaders, Daniel Pincus boarded a plane bound for Qatar. He was the only Jew to attend the Muslim Leaders of Tomorrow Conference in the Islamic kingdom’s capital city.
Through his interfaith work as chair of ACCESS NY — the young leadership branch of the American Jewish Committee — Pincus has become involved with New York’s young Muslim community.
Rachael Neumann wasn’t sure that a business career was for her until 2006, when she volunteered at a Burmese refugee camp in Thailand. Her passion for health led her to the camp medical clinics, where she used her business savvy to devise a new system to combine Western and traditional Burmese medicine for patient treatment.
“Many people have a vision of a beth din as three rabbis sitting there, looking very intimidating, who are not understanding at all to women,” says Naomi Maryles, using the Hebrew word for rabbinical court. “There’s a sense that I’m going to walk into the beth din and there will be a bias against me because I’m a woman.” That picture is false, says Maryles, at least when it comes to the Beth Din of America, one of the largest and most respected religious courts in the United States.
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.
Though Maya Kadar, 32, has lived most of her life in America, she was born in Israel. So perhaps not surprisingly, her foreign-born roots have always defined her life in the States. But she has few qualms with this bifurcated identity. In fact, she’s become a crucial link between young New York professionals and the Israeli nonprofit ELEM, founded in 1981, which helps at-risk Israeli youth get back on their feet.
Lay leader, professional create new young leadership model
When Benjamin Jablonski moved to New York in late 2006, he wanted to get involved in Jewish life. So he called up the Jewish National Fund with the intention of helping collect those signature blue pushkes for their next campaign. Apparently, in Ben’s hometown of Australia, that’s how things are still done.
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.
Popular Israeli actress turned human rights advocate
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