One day while walking through the University of Pennsylvania cafeteria, Shlomo Klapper struck up a conversation with Troy Harris, one of the cafeteria’s workers. Harris had a great idea for a small business but couldn’t it get it off the ground. Klapper, who has a self-described “bias towards action,” wanted to find a way to help not just Harris, but all the struggling small businesses in West Philadelphia. This was the humble beginning of Consult for America (CFA), a student group that offers pro-bono consulting services to struggling low-income businesses.
When asked about his many accomplishments, Andrew Klaber states the facts: summa cum laude graduate of Yale; MBA/JD from Harvard Business School and Harvard Law; investor at Paulson & Co. Inc., a leading hedge fund in New York. He sits on the boards of over half a dozen nonprofits, serves as co-chair of UJA-Federation’s Young Wall Street Division, and has run nine marathons.
Have violin, will travel: That was Mark Weingarten’s mantra as he trekked two hours by bus each way from his yeshiva in Yavne to Jerusalem to play music at Hadassah Hospital. “I figured I would just go around to each patient, play for a few minutes, say good Shabbos, and move on,” he recalled.
Despite living in New York City for most of her life, Mikaela Gerwin came to realize that she had never had a meaningful conversation with a non-Jew. “I live between the secular and Jewish worlds, and sometimes these can be hard to reconcile.”
Bombarded by news of tragedies on a daily basis, most of us tune out. But for Rebecca Fischer, 33, the images from the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting could not be forgotten.
“My colleague at the time had a son in the school, and our office administrator sent word out about what had happened even before it hit the news,” remembers Fischer, who was working as a lawyer in Manhattan
The folks at the Pew Research Center likely didn’t poll these guys.
Last fall’s much-wept-over Pew survey of American Jewry revealed a community, especially the under-40 set, losing its moorings. Consider this, our seventh annual 36 Under 36 section, the minority report.