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Henry Goodelman, 28

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Striving for Greener Pastures

Striving for Greener Pastures

05/23/2016 (All day)

Israel might be on the cutting edge of biotech and medical science, but when it came to recycling, the country needed a little help. Cue Henry Goodelman, who was studying at Aish HaTorah yeshiva in the Old City in Jerusalem when he noticed there was little access to recycling. In his yeshiva dormitory where over 100 young men lived, for instance, plastic bottles quickly piled up each day, with no sustainable place to go.

Henry Goodelman, 28 - Striving for Greener Pastures

Elad Nehorai, 31

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Building Communities for Creative Souls

Building Communities for Creative Souls

05/23/2016 (All day)

Asher Lovy, a young Jewish man from Brooklyn, was living with a dangerously abusive mother and needed $5,000 to move out. That’s when Elad Nehorai stepped in. Rallying his tens of thousands of online followers, he raised the money to help Lovy in one day.

 “We hadn’t even met at that point,” Nehorai said of Lovy. “He was just a big fan of Pop Chassid and Hevria.”

Elad Nehorai, 31 - Building Communities for Creative Souls

Estee Ackerman, 14

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Tables Her Athletics for Shabbat

Tables Her Athletics for Shabbat

05/23/2016 (All day)

At 14, Ackerman spends three or four days a week at clubs around New York City — with her parents’ approval.

Table tennis clubs.

Estee Ackerman, 14 - Tables Her Athletics for Shabbat

Masha Pearl, 31

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The Professional is Personal

The Professional is Personal

05/23/2016 (All day)

As the youngest executive director of The Blue Card in the national nonprofit organization’s history, Masha Pearl spearheads fundraising campaigns to benefit Holocaust survivors. In this way, Pearl remembers a lonely Holocaust survivor who lived upstairs from her family in Israel, where they moved from Moscow when Pearl was 6.

Masha Pearl, 31 - The Professional is Personal

Ira (Yitz) Jablonsky, 34

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To Serve and Protect

To Serve and Protect

05/23/2016 (All day)

Ira (Yitz) Jablonsky, 34, was an intern in the city’s Office of Emergency Management on Sept. 11, 2001. He was conferring with an associate about preparations for a drill that morning. They were standing outside of 7 World Trade Center when the first plane hit.

Ira (Yitz) Jablonsky, 34 - To Serve and Protect

Lillian Pravda, 16

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A Teenager with Vision

A Teenager with Vision

05/23/2016 (All day)

Born with a congenital cataract in her left eye, Lillian Pravda first underwent restorative surgery when she was 9 weeks old.

The experience of being a patient as a young child made her acutely aware of the fears many children face while undergoing medical care. At age 6, she started collecting and distributing books and toys to children in the pediatric surgical unit.

Lillian Pravda, 16 - A Teenager with Vision

Zohar Atkins, 28

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Innovating New Spiritual Paths

Innovating New Spiritual Paths

05/23/2016 (All day)

Not many rabbis-to-be, it’s safe to say, are known for their dancing prowess.

But Zohar Atkins, a second-year rabbinical student at Jewish Theological Seminary, believes that dance is an essential part of connecting to God. While studying in Jerusalem last year, he founded a weekly meditative dance group called “Ecstatic Dance in Jerusalem.” The class (no choreography here) is two hours of “free movement.”

Zohar Atkins, 28 - Innovating New Spiritual Paths

Rabbi Steven Exler, 36

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Pioneering the Open Synagogue

Pioneering the Open Synagogue

05/23/2016 (All day)

Steven Exler’s decision to become a rabbi was inspired in part by a man who died long before he was born.

Rabbi Steven Exler, 36 - Pioneering the Open Synagogue

Daniel Smith, 24

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Students Invested In Israel

Students Invested In Israel

05/23/2016 (All day)

At a time when other students at the University of Michigan were advancing anti-Israel boycotts and disinvestment, Daniel Smith thought to help Israel by doing exactly the opposite: investing in the Jewish State and helping other students — Jewish and non-Jewish — do the same.

Daniel Smith, 24 - Students Invested In Israel

Danielle Gould, 33

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Committed to a Better Food Future

Committed to a Better Food Future

05/23/2016 (All day)

There’s a revolution happening in the food industry, and Danielle Gould is on the front lines.

Danielle Gould, 33 - Committed to a Better Food Future
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