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Valerie Weisler, 18

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Discovering the Value of Validation

Discovering the Value of Validation

05/23/2016 (All day)

On her first day of high school, Valerie Weisler was mercilessly mocked and taunted for being shy.

 “A group of girls circulated a rumor that I was mute and even slipped notes into my locker telling me to kill myself,” said the high school senior.

But a chance encounter with another young man being bullied changed her path, and transformed what could have been a tragic situation into a spark of inspiration.

Valerie Weisler, 18 - Discovering the Value of Validation

Jessie Spector, 29

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Fighting for Class Equality

Fighting for Class Equality

05/23/2016 (All day)

As the executive director of a national nonprofit organization that fights for class equality, Jessie Spector proves that young doesn’t necessarily mean naive. “I look younger than my age — I’m often told that I look like a 15-year-old,” she said. “Being young and looking young, I often have to struggle to be taken seriously.”

Jessie Spector, 29 - Fighting for Class Equality

Elisha Mlotek, 25

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The Neo-Hasidic Artist

The Neo-Hasidic Artist

05/23/2016 (All day)

Elisha Mlotek is no stranger to the stage. Growing up in a family of Yiddish culture impresarios, he was surrounded by the sounds of klezmer, Yiddish poetry and theater from a young age. At 5, he was performing Yiddish music on stage with his father at Folksbiene, the national Yiddish theater company (his father, Zalman Mlotek, is artistic director).

Elisha Mlotek, 25 - The Neo-Hasidic Artist

Jesse Freedman, 34

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Staging Sacred Texts with a Twist

Staging Sacred Texts with a Twist

05/23/2016 (All day)

Before Jesse Freedman started working as a director, designer, and performer, he entertained crowds as a magician, a role he says shaped his artistic approach.

Jesse Freedman, 34 - Staging Sacred Texts with a Twist

Michael Boxer, 35

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Remixing Jewish A Cappella

Remixing Jewish A Cappella

05/23/2016 (All day)

Some are born into a cappella greatness. Some achieve a cappella greatness. Others, like Mike Boxer, have a cappella greatness thrust upon them.

 “I hadn’t really sung until I got to college, when this guy who was a friend of my roommate literally grabbed me by the arm and was like, ‘Oh, you have perfect pitch? You play piano? You’ve got to try out for my a cappella group!” 

Michael Boxer, 35 - Remixing Jewish A Cappella

Carmelle Danneman, 21

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Film and Faith

Film and Faith

05/23/2016 (All day)

When she signed on to be a medical clown at Hadassah Hospital in Israel as part of her seminary’s volunteering requirement, Carmelle Danneman didn’t know that her experience would become the subject of an award-winning film that she produced while a sophomore in college. But it shouldn’t have surprised her, considering she has a long history in the theater — as long as a 21-year-old can have, anyway.

Carmelle Danneman, 21 - Film and Faith

Sara Potler LaHayne, 30

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Dancing like the World’s Watching

Dancing like the World’s Watching

05/23/2016 (All day)

Sara Potler LaHayne, 30 - Dancing like the World’s Watching

Gavriel Savit, 27

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A Multitalented Teller of Tales

A Multitalented Teller of Tales

05/23/2016 (All day)

Gavriel Savit, both a writer and an actor, creates worlds.

As an actor, he has performed on three continents, from New York to Brussels to Tokyo, and just concluded a Broadway run of “Amazing Grace,” in which he played a supporting role. As the author of The New York Times bestselling WWII novel “Anna and the Swallow Man,” he was praised in the Times for his “splendid debut ... masterly storytelling.”

Gavriel Savit, 27 - A Multitalented Teller of Tales

April Baskin, 32

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Recruiting From the Outside In

Recruiting From the Outside In

05/23/2016 (All day)

When April Baskin’s family moved to Sacramento, Calif., and began looking for a new Reform congregation, the first two turned them away. But the third embraced them, and the family dove into synagogue life.

April Baskin, 32 - Recruiting From the Outside In

36 Under 36 2016

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Meet the Millennials Changing the Face of the Jewish Community 

Introducing the Millennials Who Are Changing the Face of the Jewish Community

05/23/2016 (All day)

 

Click to see this year's winners!

 

36 Under 36 2016
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