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Gilah Kletenik, 23

Orthodox Jewish educator

Editorial Intern
06/15/2010

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

Maya Kadar, 32

Helping distressed Israeli youth

Staff Writer
06/15/2010

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.
 

Maya Kadar

Gabrielle Carlin, 27, and Benjamin Jablonski, 27

Lay leader, professional create new young leadership model

Staff Writer
06/15/2010

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.
 

Sarah Mina Gordon, 31

The Yiddish mash-up artist

Staff Writer
06/15/2010

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
06/15/2010

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").

Craig Dershowitz, 32

The artful Zionist

Staff Writer
06/15/2010

An ardent defender of Israel, and an artist, Craig Dershowitz, 32, thought the two could never meet. But that opinion changed when he joined a pro-Israel protest, to counter a pro-Palestinian one in front of UN during last year’s Gaza war. Dershowitz, who says he is very distantly related to Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz, carried with him pro-Israel signs with his own artistic drawings.

Rachel Neima Chasky, 28

Popularizing microfinance within the Jewish community

Editorial Intern
06/15/2010

It’s rare to find a woman who succeeds in the financial sector yet bolts from that career path because she believes her skills would be of better use if dedicated to her community.

Rachel Chasky

Efraim Chalamish, 33

Young diplomat

Staff Writer
06/15/2010

It was fitting that when The Jewish Week met up with Efraim Chalamish, he had just returned from teaching a two-week international investment law seminar in Switzerland. Currently a Global Fellow at New York University, Chalamish, who holds a doctorate in international economic law, spends half of his time traveling to speaking engagements nearby and as far-flung as Australia, Singapore, Tokyo and Austria. “I was always interested in a global, multicultural life,” he says.

Efraim Chalamish

Yael Buechler, 24

Jewish educator wears her passion on her nails

Editorial Intern
06/15/2010

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
06/15/2010

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

Joyce Brown
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