36 Under 36

Roger Zakheim, 35

Assistant Managing Editor/Online Editor
06/05/2013

The best offense is a good defense.

When Roger Zakheim was growing up in Silver Spring, Md., the talk around the dinner table was about the defense budget and foreign affairs — not surprising given that his father, Dov Zakheim, was an adjunct faculty member at the National War College as well as a defense department official, whose titles included undersecretary of defense for planning and resources in the second Reagan administration. He also served as an adviser during the 2000 campaign of George W. Bush.

Roger Zakheim, 35 -- Politics -- Believes the best offense is a good defense.

Naftali Ejdelman, 27

Special To The Jewish Week
06/05/2013

www.yiddishfarm.org
@YiddishFarm
Living Yiddish.

Naftali Schaechter Ejdelman grew up in what he calls a “typical American household,” but for one curious difference: Yiddish.

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Alison Klayman, filmmaker, Chinese speaker

"It costs a lot of money; you have to work hard in the field; you have to learn a language. I think people like that.”
-- Naftali Ejdelman, 27

Anna Hanau, 31

Associate Editor
06/05/2013

www.growandbehold.com
Sustainable food educator, kosher meat purveyor.

Anna Hanau is probably the only new mom in Brownstone Brooklyn who lists “tractor operation” and “on-farm slaughter” as skills on her resume.

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Alison Klayman, filmmaker, Chinese speaker

"How many farmers do you know that make enough money to send their kids to Jewish day school?"
-- Anna Hanau, 31

Rebecca Yoshor, 20

Intern
06/05/2013

All-American hoopster.

When she was in elementary school, she used to stand a head taller than all the boys. Now, at 6 feet tall, Rebecca Yoshor stands out on the basketball court.

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Stephanie Hausner, 28

Assistant Managing Editor/Online Editor
06/05/2013

@StephHausner, www.stephaniehausner.com
Political powerhouse.

By day, Stephanie Hausner is an official of the Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey, specializing in challenges facing synagogues and religious schools.

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Alison Klayman, filmmaker, Chinese speaker

“A number of town board members had been there a long time, and I thought we needed a youthful voice. I thought, ‘Hey, I could do this.’”
-- Stephanie Hausner, 28

Rabbi David Okunov, 30

06/05/2013

http://718synagogue.com

Preserving the flame of Judaism.

When Rabbi David Okunov got word in 2011 that a small shul on Coney Island/Brighton Beach needed help for High Holy Days services, he agreed to lead them. He arrived to find five individuals, including an elderly Holocaust survivor, in a dilapidated room.

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Alison Klayman, filmmaker, Chinese speaker

“Many people said, ‘Rabbi, you’re young. Why are you coming to such a place? It’s old and dingy.' I said, ‘Let’s see if people come. Then we’ll decide.’”
-- Rabbi David Okunov, 30

Scott Reich, 29

Contributing editor / blueprint editor
06/05/2013

@ScottDReich
Reform minded.

Scott Reich actually enjoyed Hebrew school. “I loved the stories about how things came to be, the traditions,” he said.

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Reyna Schaechter, 18

Associate Editor
06/05/2013

www.yiddishsisters.com
www.youtube.com/user/shekhtertekhter
Yiddish diva.

Reyna Schaechter is only 18 and is not chasidic, but she has been speaking Yiddish her entire life.

A Hunter College High School senior who will attend Yale next year, Schaechter calls the mameloshen her “tateloshen” (father tongue) because she — along with her older brother and younger sister — learned it at the insistence of their father, Binyumen.

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Ariel Fishman, 36

Staff Writer
06/04/2013

Coping with sudden disability.

Ariel Fishman, director of institutional research at Yeshiva University and assistant professor of management at YU’s Sy Syms School of Business, was hospitalized after a freak roadside accident last year that cost him both lower legs and 70 units of blood. Visitors asked, “What can we do?”

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Alison Klayman, filmmaker, Chinese speaker

“From the very beginning, I was very thankful that I am still alive. I am thankful that my kids are still alive.”
-- Ariel Fishman, 36

Shira Greenland, 35

Associate Editor
06/04/2013

Empowering special-needs kids.

At Shalem, a Teaneck high school for teens with developmental disabilities — part of New Jersey’s SINAI network of Orthodox special-needs schools — Shira Greenland’s official job title is director.

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