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Tikkun Olam On Wall Street: Jeremy Balkin, 31


Jeremy Balkin has been called the “Anti-Wolf of Wall Street,” not because he is less inclined to pursue capital but rather because of his ethical approach. The native Australian thinks of himself as “an activist investor.”

Jeremy Balkin

Instituting A More Inclusive Judaism: Eva Stern, 33


As a baby, Stern was given four baby naming ceremonies with traditions incorporated from the Reform, Reconstructionist, Conservative and Orthodox movements.

Eva Stern

Cancer Survivor, Cancer Researcher: Elana Simon, 19


At age 12, Elana was diagnosed with a rare form of liver cancer. Four years later, as a high school sophomore, she re-confronted her disease — as a medical researcher.

Elana Simon

Making The Shidduch Swipe-able: David Yarus, 28

The inventor of a Jewish dating app also helps Jewish organizations with social media.


David Yarus calls himself a hopeless romantic. “All I’m looking for is peace and love,” he said. Yarus’ penchant for passion explains why he has built a business out of playing Cupid.

David Yarus

Challenging Judaism’s Self-Image: Chava Shervington, 34


As a black Orthodox Jew, Chava Shervington is constantly being noticed. And she finds it exhausting.

Chava Shervington

Using His Voice For Performance, Politics: Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen, 21


In 2012, Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen was the first freshman to win Princeton University's Handel Singing Competition.

Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen

Gearing Up To Help The IDF: Ross Den, 33


Ross Den was born in Ukraine in a family of medical professionals, but didn’t follow in their footsteps.

Ross Den

Orthodox Davening, Gay Pride: Oliver Rosenberg, 29

A poster child for Modern Orthodoxy has founded a congregation for LGBTQ Jews and their allies.


When Oliver Rosenberg came out to his friends and family, he did so on a one-on-one basis. When he spoke about being gay for a communal cause, 800 people, mostly students he didn’t know, showed up to listen.

Oliver Rosenberg

Building Community, And Bridges; Raysh Weiss, 31


Raysh Weiss, who is to be ordained next year at the Jewish Theological Seminary, noticed last spring that Iftar, the evening meal that ends Muslims’ sunup-to-sundown Ramadan fasts, would coincide with the Jewish fast on the 17th of Tammuz. She and a friend, who had a strong relationship with the Malcolm Shabbaz Mosque in Harlem, where Malcolm X had preached, saw an opportunity for collaboration.

Raysh Weiss

Sparking Change, Enabling Others: Sasha Fisher, 26


After she graduated from college, Sasha Fisher booked a one-way ticket to Rwanda. She went with one suitcase, few contacts and no knowledge of the local language.

Sasha Fisher
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