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Rachel Jonas, 27

Met Council’s most valuable player.
Associate Editor
05/09/2011 - 20:00

A few years ago Rachel Jonas had never heard of the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty.

While trying to decide where to make her year-end charitable contributions, the young investment banker, a Philadelphia native, stumbled across the group on UJA-Federation of New York’s website. Clicking on the agency’s link, Jonas (no relation to the prominent Jewish philanthropist Howard Jonas) was impressed by its range of services for financially struggling New Yorkers, Jewish and gentile.

Rachel Jonas

Rabbi Rachel Kahn-Troster, 32

Human Rights Activist
Associate Editor
05/09/2011 - 20:00

 Even as a baby, Rachel (pronounced the Hebrew way: Rah-KHEL) Kahn-Troster was being groomed to be an activist and a rabbi wannabe.

At 10 months old, she posed for the cameras in a T-shirt that said “JTS Class of 2001” — this was back in 1980, five years before the Jewish Theological Seminary ordained its first woman rabbi (and while Kahn-Troster’s father was a rabbinical student).

Rabbi Rachel Kahn-Troster

Rabbi Jeremy Stern, 27

Advocate for ‘chained’ women.
Staff Writer
05/09/2011 - 20:00

As a rabbinical student at Yeshiva University four years ago, Jeremy Stern noticed an announcement for a protest rally in Queens at the home of a man who had not given his wife a get (Jewish divorce). The rally was organized by the Organization for the Resolution of Agunot (ORA), an independent group based at the school.

Stern went, protested, and became active in more ORA activities. The issue of agunot, women unable to remarry until receiving a get, interested him. “I have no personal experience with agunot” in his immediate circles, he stresses.

Rabbi Jeremy Stern

Skyler Siegel, 18

Promoting part-time vegetarianism.
Editorial Assistant
05/09/2011 - 20:00

 It took a while for Skyler Siegel to become a vegetarian. So far, the senior at the Abraham Joshua Heschel School has stuck with it for the past five months. Before that, he experimented with it a few times before falling off the wagon, and managed to avoid eating meat for an entire month, a practice known as “Veguary.”

In 2009, along with two of his schoolmates, Siegel launched the website Veguary.org, aiming to get “pledges” from people around the world to eliminate or reduce their meat consumption for just the month of February.

Skyler Siegel

Rabbi Edith Meyerson, 30

Listening to people in pain.
Staff Writer
05/09/2011 - 20:00

Thoughts of a career in medicine began at the dinner table. Edith Meyerson’s father, a cardiologist, described his healing work. Meyerson recognized “a sacred element” in medicine.

Her eventual career also began at the family’s dinner table. One college semester of chemistry “kicked my butt.” “What do you want to do now?” her father asked. Something to make people’s lives “a little better,” she answered. “What about a rabbi?” he asked.

Rabbi Edith Meyerson

Rabbi Shlomo Uzhansky, 29

Creating Russian-Jewish community on Staten Island.
Staff Writer
05/09/2011 - 20:00

Rabbi Shlomo Uzhansky was born in Kiev, raised in Philadelphia, and educated in upstate Monsey and Lakewood, N.J. After he married, he and his wife, Chana, moved to Jerusalem.

For the past three years, the rabbi has been spending more time in Staten Island and, since last summer, the rabbi has called Staten Island home. The borough is known for its growing population of Russian-speaking Jews, many of whom are unaffiliated. “People move there because they don’t want to be found,” he says. Many are professionals in their 20s and 30s with young children.

Rabbi Shlomo Uzhansky

36 Under 36 2011

This, the fourth installment of the “36 Under 36” list, highlights the dedicated lay leaders who are reordering our legacy organizations alongside community activists and social justice crusaders whose startups are chock-full of innovation.

05/09/2011 - 20:00

 Watch a video of the Jewish Week's reception for 36 Under 36 honorees here.

36 Under 36 for 2011

Konstantin Kraz, 35

Connecting ex-Soviet young professionals.
Staff Writer
05/09/2011 - 20:00

Growing up in Northern California, Konstantin Kraz had very few Russian friends. That changed in 2000, when, as a student at San Jose State University, he went to Germany with a delegation from Hillel International on a program called “Bridge of Understanding.” Of the 18 participants, six were Russian immigrants. “Wow, these people are just like me,” he said.

Konstantin Kraz

Shira Kline, 35

Teaching Jewish kids how to rock.
05/09/2011 - 20:00

Shira Kline never thought she’d be doing what she’s doing: performing music for young Jewish children. “I’m a daughter of a rabbi,” Kline said. “As a kid, I made a promise that I wouldn’t be a professional Jew.

“That didn’t work out,” she added.

Not that she’s complaining. As the founder of the children’s Jewish music band ShirLaLa (www.shirlala.com), Kline says that she has discovered her true path.

Shira Kline

The History of Genocide Initiative

05/02/2011 - 20:00

In 2009, the Center for Jewish History embarked on a landmark, multidisciplinary initiative with the generous support of the David Berg Foundation, The Einhorn Charitable Trust and The Pershing Square Foundation. The History of Genocide Initiative explored and informed the public about Raphael Lemkin’s life and the impact of his work on modern society.

Quest to End Genocide New York, 2009 Center for Jewish History
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