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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.

36 Under 36 2009: Bram Weber, 33

Staff Writer
04/24/2009

 For years, Bram Weber amazed people when he disclosed that he — an active AIPAC Young Leadership board member and passionate pro-Israel advocate— had never been to Israel. That changed in 2005, when Weber and his then-girlfriend, now wife Aimee, visited Israel for the first time. "She organized the entire trip," he says. "It was the most unbelievable experience."

36 Under 36 2009: Biana Shilshtut, 26

Staff Writer
04/24/2009

 Biana Shilshtut hasn’t had any time to plug in the television in her new apartment. And she moved in last April.

Is Education In Israel Really Free?

Special to The Jewish Week
01/15/2010

 With American Jewish families increasingly feeling the strain of what has come to be known as the Jewish day school “tuition crisis,” the allure of free, Jewish, public education in Israel is enticing, especially for those who are already considering aliyah for ideological or spiritual reasons.

 

36 Under 36 2009: Beejhy Barhany, 33

Staff Writer
04/24/2009

 By the time she was 7, Beejhy Barhany had fled her native Ethiopia, walking with her family and 300 villagers to Sudan, where they started a new life. After a few years they left again, this time taking a Jeep through the jungles of Kenya, on to Uganda, France and finally to Israel, which even at that young age she remembers was "like fulfilling a dream after exile."

Bukharian History Comes To The Academy

01/15/2010

Queens College will make history later this month when 30 or so students gather for what is believed to be the first course in an American university to explore Bukharian Jewish history and culture.

The three-credit course, “History and Culture of the Bukharian Jews,” will meet for the first time on Jan. 28, and its existence is a sign of the growing community of Bukharian Jews within the school’s student body.

36 Under 36 2009: Atara Eis, 27

Staff Writer
04/24/2009

 Atara Eis advises women who are members of nine synagogues in Manhattan about the sensitive issues of taharat hamishpacha (Jewish family purity laws). She is one of only three women in the United States who do this; they’re called yoatzot halacha. A graduate of the Keren Ariel Program run by Nishmat and a mother of three, Eis lives in Bala Cynwyd, Pa., and commutes to Manhattan one weekend every month. While in New York, she delivers between two and four classes with the goal of increasing women’s comfort with, and knowledge of, these laws.

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