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36 Under 36 2009: Elizabeth Samson, 30

Staff Writer
04/24/2009

 Frustrated by the way people can manipulate legal systems and demonize innocent victims, young lawyer Elizabeth Samson hopes to make free speech more of a reality in the world and crush a practice that she calls "libel tourism." Samson equates libel tourism to international forum shopping, where plaintiffs look for a court in the country that will likely provide the most favorable outcomes for their cases. Often, such cases involve terror financing.

36 Under 36 2009: Elana Stein Hain, 28

Staff Writer
04/24/2009

 While an undergraduate at Columbia, Elana Stein Hain divided her day in two. Half a day, she took courses in history and other subjects. During the other half, she studied Talmud with a chavruta. "I created my own dual-curriculum," she says. "I wanted to spend the bulk of my day surrounded by Jewish texts."

36 Under 36 2009: Dr. Robert Grunstein, 35

Staff Writer
04/24/2009

 Dr. Robert Grunstein has always been a car and truck guy. So when he heard that an old municipal fire truck was up for sale ("the holy grail for car guys," he says), he bought it. The fire truck cost him $5,000; converting it into a mobile dental unit and taking out the water tank set him back $50,000. "It had a new motor and perfect transmission," Grunstein gushes. It’s the perfect vehicle, he says, for combating the "tsunami of bad teeth."

36 Under 36 2009: Deena Greenberg, 22

Staff Writer
04/24/2009

 As soon as she heard that the University of Pennsylvania had cancelled its program for study in Israel for the spring semester, Penn Hillel President Deena Greenberg knew she couldn’t stand still.

36 Under 36 2009: Daniel Rouach, 27

Staff Writer
04/24/2009

 In recent years, the Upper West Side has seen an influx of French, Moroccan, and Israeli Jews. Daniel Rouach is one of them. He grew up in France, graduated as a computer science engineer, and came to the U.S. in 2004 to attend the International Business School at Brandeis. There, he became close with the Chabad rabbi, Rabbi Peretz Chein, who encouraged him to learn more about his Jewish heritage.

36 Under 36 2009: Daniel Max Kestin, 28

Staff Writer
04/24/2009

 By day, Daniel Max Kestin designs intricate software programs that help companies run smoother. By night, he does pretty much the same thing. For free.

Since 2001, Kestin has served as Chief Technology Officer for Hazon, a non-profit organization that seeks to increase health and sustainability in the Jewish community. He built the organization’s Web site and then helped to transform it from its original basic operation to a complex site that can be accessed by many volunteers.

36 Under 36 2009: Daniel Max Kestin, 28

Staff Writer
04/24/2009

 By day, Daniel Max Kestin designs intricate software programs that help companies run smoother. By night, he does pretty much the same thing. For free.

Since 2001, Kestin has served as Chief Technology Officer for Hazon, a non-profit organization that seeks to increase health and sustainability in the Jewish community. He built the organization’s Web site and then helped to transform it from its original basic operation to a complex site that can be accessed by many volunteers.

36 Under 36 2009: Cheryl Vinograd, 24 and Sharon Lewin, 25

Staff Writer
04/24/2009

 Over spring break last year, then first-year medical students Cheryl Vinograd (on left) and Sharon Lewin took a weeklong whirlwind tour of Israel – no, not on a Tel Aviv beach vacation, but on a volunteer mission shadowing doctors at hospitals and clinics all over the country.

36 Under 36 2009: Chari Pere, 23

Staff Writer
04/24/2009

 Chari Pere doesn’t draw for herself; she’s drawing for you. "I’m an artist for people’s sake," said the 23-year-old Modern Orthodox cartoonist from Staten Island. "I love making people laugh and smile. I love making them think."

Her epiphany came at age 11, when she began reading Calvin and Hobbs comics. "That’s when I knew I wanted to be a cartoonist," Pere said. The summer art lessons since age 6 didn’t hurt either.

36 Under 36 2009: Brooke Goldstein, 28

Staff Writer
04/24/2009

 Brooke Goldstein went in and out of the West Bank for two years to probe some of the most dangerous Palestinian terrorists, compiling the clips that would become an award-winning documentary in 2006 — "Making the Martyr" — which exposes how Islamic militants force innocent children to become suicide bombers.

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