36 Under 36

Jason Guberman-Pfeffer, Illuminating Mizrachi history

Staff Writer
05/22/2012

Jason Guberman-Pfeffer, 24

Twitter: @DiarnaProject
www.diarna.org
www.jewishmorocco.org
www.youtube.com/diarnainfo

So why’s an Ashkenazi boy making the reclamation of Mizrachi history his life’s mission?

Jason Guberman-Pfeffer, 24, gets asked that question a lot. His great-grandfather was a survivor of the infamous Kishinev pogrom; his namesake was a Litvak.

Jason Guberman-Pfeffer

Simon Goldberg, ‘The Genocide Guy’

05/22/2012

Simon Goldberg, 21

Twitter: @simongoldberg
www.trianglesoftruth.org
www.facebook.com/torchofmemory

For Simon Goldberg, 21, the call came when he was a high school sophomore and attended a huge rally on the National Mall to raise awareness about the Darfur genocide.

Simon Goldberg
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"Somebody handed him a T-shirt bearing the slogan, “Don’t mourn a genocide. Stop one.” The connection between present-day horrors and the Holocaust clicked and the roots of Goldberg’s work with the organizations Triangles of Truth and the Student Holocaust Education Movement were planted.
-- Simon Goldberg, 21

Sara Aharon, Telling the Afghani-Jewish story.

Staff Writer
05/22/2012

Sara Aharon, 26

www.fromkabultoqueens.com

Sara Aharon
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"“I’m a born-and-bred New Yorker,” Aharon said. While she knew her father was Afghani growing up, neither he nor his fellow Afghani Jews talked much about it.
-- Sara Aharon, 26

The NEXT Jewish Community

Special To The Jewish Week
05/22/2012

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"Social change often bubbles up from below, far from the corridors of power. And particularly in the Jewish community, weighed down as it is with slow-moving institutions headed (generally) by men in their 60s, the burden of innovation falls on the young.
-- Tamar Snyder, project curator

36 Under 36 2012

The NEXT Jewish Community.
Our fifth annual list of young educators, thinkers, social justice activists,philanthropists and artists reinventing Jewish life.

05/22/2012
36 Under 36 May 2012

Jourdan Urbach, 19

Concert violinist who raises funds for medical research.

Editorial Intern
05/10/2011

When Jourdan Urbach was a little boy, he wanted to be a doctor. He has since settled on being a concert violinist.
Urbach is currently a sophomore at Yale and creator of Children Helping Children, an organization that organizes fundraising events through Concerts for a Cure to support medical research for neurological conditions.

Jourdan Urbach

Emily Gindi, 32

Empowering Jewish women to give.

Editorial Assistant
05/10/2011

For Emily Gindi, Jewish giving is a family affair. Growing up on Long Island, she was constantly hearing about her parents’ dinners, trips and events with the UJA-Federation of New York (her mother is a current board member and her father is a past board member). When Gindi chose an agency to join as part of the UJA-Fed’s Observership Program, she selected the Samuel Field Y, where her aunt had served as an assistant executive director. She is also an active member of the Jewish Women’s Foundation of New York, along with her mother, aunt and two cousins.

Emily Gindi

Jennifer Joseph, 30

Spreading the message of grassroots work.

Editorial Assistant
05/10/2011

Jennifer Joseph spent years hearing about the service trips her aunt, Sara Litt, took with the American Jewish World Service. So when she was told that the organization was starting a young leadership initiative in 2009, she jumped at the chance to get involved.

Jennifer Joseph

Chaviva Galatz, 27

Connecting with Jews, one tweet at a time.

Editorial Assistant
05/10/2011

Chaviva Galatz has a few different identities. After all, she was born Amanda Jo Edwards. But perhaps you know her better as the kvetching editor. Or maybe you’ve conversed with her through the Twitter feed of a Jewish organization she advises.

Galatz, a blogger, tweeter, and social media expert, is never too far from her Macbook, iPad or Android phone.

Chaviva Galatz

Eric Schorr, 22

Pro-Israel Campus Activist.

Assistant Managing Editor
05/10/2011

When Eric Schorr arrived at Columbia University three years ago, he wasn’t looking to be a Jewish activist. After serving as president of United Synagogue Youth’s Hagesher region in the Greater Philadelphia area and a year in the Nativ College Leadership Program in Israel, he was feeling “burnt out” and wanted to concentrate on his studies. Then came a visit to Israel for winter break, which coincided with Israel’s Operation Cast Lead incursion into Gaza in early 2009.

Eric Schorr
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