36 Under 36

No Kid Gloves: Anne Lieberman

Contributing Editor
05/21/2014 - 20:00

Anne Lieberman’s a fighter — but only for the good.


‘Aggressive Comfort’ for the Terminally Ill: Yelena Zatulovsky

Staff Writer
05/21/2014 - 20:00

Yelena Zatulovsky says she comes from a typical Soviet émigré background.

A native of Kiev, and part of a family that left Ukraine for Canada in the 1980s because of religious persecution, she was raised with culture. “Music was a big part; I loved music,” she says.

Yelena Zatulovsky

Cure for Cancer: Gleneara Bates

Staff Writer
05/21/2014 - 20:00

First, Gleneara Bates thought she’d become a senator. She liked the idea of “arguing” on the floor of Congress. She studied political science and economics in college, and she got a law degree. Then, she went into social work here and in her native Arizona, working with children, and disseminating Sexual Health Care information to foster care agencies. “You’re working with a vulnerable population.”

Gleneara Bates

Fighting for the Jewish Soul: Yuri Foreman

Contributing Editor
05/21/2014 - 20:00

For Yuri Foreman, boxing, like Judaism, is about sparking one’s inner fire.

Yuri Forman

Roger Zakheim, 35

Assistant Managing Editor/Online Editor
06/04/2013 - 20:00

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
06/04/2013 - 20:00

Living Yiddish.

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


Anna Hanau, 31

Associate Editor
06/04/2013 - 20:00

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.


Rebecca Yoshor, 20

06/04/2013 - 20:00

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.


Stephanie Hausner, 28

Assistant Managing Editor/Online Editor
06/04/2013 - 20:00

@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.


Rabbi David Okunov, 30

06/04/2013 - 20:00


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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