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.
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.
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.
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?”