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Jourdan Urbach, 19

Concert violinist who raises funds for medical research.
Editorial Intern
05/09/2011 - 20:00

When Jourdan Urbach was a little boy, he wanted to be a doctor. He has since settled on being a concert violinist.
Urbach is currently a sophomore at Yale and creator of Children Helping Children, an organization that organizes fundraising events through Concerts for a Cure to support medical research for neurological conditions.

Jourdan Urbach

Emily Gindi, 32

Empowering Jewish women to give.
Editorial Assistant
05/09/2011 - 20:00

For Emily Gindi, Jewish giving is a family affair. Growing up on Long Island, she was constantly hearing about her parents’ dinners, trips and events with the UJA-Federation of New York (her mother is a current board member and her father is a past board member). When Gindi chose an agency to join as part of the UJA-Fed’s Observership Program, she selected the Samuel Field Y, where her aunt had served as an assistant executive director. She is also an active member of the Jewish Women’s Foundation of New York, along with her mother, aunt and two cousins.

Emily Gindi

Jennifer Joseph, 30

Spreading the message of grassroots work.
Editorial Assistant
05/09/2011 - 20:00

Jennifer Joseph spent years hearing about the service trips her aunt, Sara Litt, took with the American Jewish World Service. So when she was told that the organization was starting a young leadership initiative in 2009, she jumped at the chance to get involved.

Jennifer Joseph

Chaviva Galatz, 27

Connecting with Jews, one tweet at a time.
Editorial Assistant
05/09/2011 - 20:00

Chaviva Galatz has a few different identities. After all, she was born Amanda Jo Edwards. But perhaps you know her better as the kvetching editor. Or maybe you’ve conversed with her through the Twitter feed of a Jewish organization she advises.

Galatz, a blogger, tweeter, and social media expert, is never too far from her Macbook, iPad or Android phone.

Chaviva Galatz

Eric Schorr, 22

Pro-Israel Campus Activist.
Assistant Managing Editor
05/09/2011 - 20:00

When Eric Schorr arrived at Columbia University three years ago, he wasn’t looking to be a Jewish activist. After serving as president of United Synagogue Youth’s Hagesher region in the Greater Philadelphia area and a year in the Nativ College Leadership Program in Israel, he was feeling “burnt out” and wanted to concentrate on his studies. Then came a visit to Israel for winter break, which coincided with Israel’s Operation Cast Lead incursion into Gaza in early 2009.

Eric Schorr

Jonathan Perelman, 30

‘Building bridges’ on behalf of the Jewish community.
Assistant Managing Editor
05/09/2011 - 20:00

On his first day working on Cory Booker’s campaign for mayor of the troubled city of Newark, N.J., in 2002, Jonathan Perelman’s car was stolen. But that didn’t weaken the University of Pennsylvania graduate (’04) and Connecticut native’s commitment to helping Booker challenge the political establishment in what would be an unsuccessful first attempt.

Jonathan Perelman

Mara Yacobi, 35

Sex education — with a Jewish twist.
Associate Editor
05/09/2011 - 20:00

Growing up in Connecticut in the 1980s, Mara Yacobi had a rich Jewish upbringing: the granddaughter of Holocaust survivors, she attended a Conservative day school and participated in Jewish summer camps and Jewish youth groups. But she never had a health class, let alone any sex education.

Mara Yacobi

Sara Greenberg, 23

A voice for the ‘Third Generation.’
Staff Writer
05/09/2011 - 20:00

 Sara Greenberg grew up in a Conservative home in Philadelphia hearing the stories of how her mother’s parents survived the Holocaust. But the full impact of their experiences did not hit her until she joined many members of her family on a visit to her grandparents’ hometowns and death camps in 2005.

Sara Greenberg

Matt Bar, 31

Torah rapper
Editorial Intern
05/09/2011 - 20:00

Matt Bar is a young rapper, but rather than sing about women or violence, he drops beats about Torah. “I am David/I come with the Lord/You come with the sword,” he raps, “I come with the Lord/And I’m righteous.” Bar has spent the last few years working to educate Jewish children and adolescents in a way that is expressive and relatable to a younger generation: with the art of rap.

Matt Bar

Robyn Polansky, 33

Volunteers for Israeli soldiers.
Staff Writer
05/09/2011 - 20:00

Ski team in high school in Weston, Conn. Crew at Union College in Schenectady. “I was never the best,” Robyn Polansky says. “I’m always a team player.”

Today, a New Yorker for a decade, Polansky works as a wealth management adviser at Bessemer Trust, and is a hands-on volunteer worker for several Jewish and civic causes, foremost among them Friends of the Israel Defense Force (FIDF), the New York-based organization that supports a wide variety of activities for Israeli soldiers.

Robyn Polansky
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