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Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg, 35

Taking feminism and Judaism seriously, and putting it in print
Staff Writer
06/14/2010 - 20:00

Danya Ruttenberg grew up fiercely liberal. Her family attended a Reform synagogue in Chicago, but she says, “I was a cranky atheist ... the feminism came early and was never really questioned.” During her last year at Brown University, the death of her mother prompted her to rethink religion. She began sitting shiva, praying, asking the cosmic sort of questions that a strictly realist view of the world could not alone answer.

“I felt threatened by it,” she says of her sudden spirituality.

Danya Ruttenberg

Susanne Goldstone Rosenhouse, 30

Social media rock star
Associate Editor
06/14/2010 - 20:00

Several numbers structure Susanne Goldstone Rosenhouse’s life. There’s 613, the number of mitzvot that Orthodox Jews like herself observe. And then there’s 140, the character limit on Twitter, where Rosenhouse spends much of her workday.

Susanne Goldstone Rosenhouse

Hindy Poupko, 26

Fashions life of public involvement
Staff Writer
06/14/2010 - 20:00

Hindy Poupko’s life as a public figure began while she was growing up in Montreal. The middle child in a rabbinic family, born between two sets of twins — “Twins, Hindy, Twins” — she would deliver divrei Torah at Shabbat meals, join rallies outside of embassies and accompany her father, Rabbi Reuben Poupko, to interviews at TV stations.

Hindy Poupko

Daniel Pincus, 31

Encouraging young Jews to care for the global community
Staff Writer
06/14/2010 - 20:00

After visiting relatives in Israel during the Gaza war, and attending four days of intensive briefings with heads of intelligence and military leaders, Daniel Pincus boarded a plane bound for Qatar. He was the only Jew to attend the Muslim Leaders of Tomorrow Conference in the Islamic kingdom’s capital city.

Through his interfaith work as chair of ACCESS NY — the young leadership branch of the American Jewish Committee — Pincus has become involved with New York’s young Muslim community.

Daniel Pincus

Nati Passow, 31

Environmental educator
Editorial Intern
06/14/2010 - 20:00

Nati Passow is just trying to live like his ancestors. “At our foundation, Judaism is an agrarian religion,” he said. “We were all farmers back in the day.”

Rachael Neumann, 29

Improving global health

Staff Writer
06/14/2010 (All day)

Rachael Neumann wasn’t sure that a business career was for her until 2006, when she volunteered at a Burmese refugee camp in Thailand. Her passion for health led her to the camp medical clinics, where she used her business savvy to devise a new system to combine Western and traditional Burmese medicine for patient treatment.

Rachael Neumann

Ari Ne’eman, 22

Advocate for those with developmental disabilities
Editorial Intern
06/14/2010 - 20:00

He’s a presidential nominee who has served on state councils and has influenced legislation all across the country. And he just graduated college.

Though he now holds a degree in political science from University of Maryland Baltimore Country, Ari Ne’eman has been applying his field of study to the world at large for years.

Ne’eman was diagnosed in 2000 with Asperger’s syndrome, a developmental disability that places him on the higher functioning end of the autism spectrum.

Ari Ne’eman

Naomi Maryles, 34

First female attorney on Beth Din of America
Staff Writer
06/14/2010 - 20:00

“Many people have a vision of a beth din as three rabbis sitting there, looking very intimidating, who are not understanding at all to women,” says Naomi Maryles, using the Hebrew word for rabbinical court. “There’s a sense that I’m going to walk into the beth din and there will be a bias against me because I’m a woman.” That picture is false, says Maryles, at least when it comes to the Beth Din of America, one of the largest and most respected religious courts in the United States.

Naomi Maryles

Gilah Kletenik, 23

Orthodox Jewish educator
Editorial Intern
06/14/2010 - 20:00

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
06/14/2010 - 20:00

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
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