36 Under 36

Scott Reich, 29

Contributing editor / blueprint editor
06/04/2013 - 20:00

Reform minded.

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


Reyna Schaechter, 18

Associate Editor
06/04/2013 - 20:00

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.


Ariel Fishman, 36

Staff Writer
06/03/2013 - 20:00

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?”


Shira Greenland, 35

Associate Editor
06/03/2013 - 20:00

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.


Catherine Simcha Chiffert-Sherzer, 31

Staff Writer
06/03/2013 - 20:00

Bonding with Israel.

Growing up in Montreal, Simcha Chiffert-Sherzer would hear about State of Israel Bonds, the New York-based organization that supports Israel’s economic development through investments in its infrastructure.


Pedram Tabibi, 29

Staff Writer
06/03/2013 - 20:00

A voice for Jewish-Iranians in the U.S.

A decade ago, as an undergraduate at New York University, Pedram Tabibi attended a meeting of the school’s Persian Cultural Society.


Inna Vernikov, 28

Staff Writer
06/03/2013 - 20:00

An advocate for people in need.

Growing up in Czernovitz, a city in Ukraine, Inna Vernikov did not experience anti-Semitism herself, but she heard stories of family members who had.


Allison Josephs, 33

Assistant Managing Editor/Online Editor
06/03/2013 - 20:00

@jewinthecity, jewinthecity.com
Finding faith from despair.

When Allison Josephs was growing up, she sometimes heard derogatory remarks about Orthodox Jews from her father, a neurologist who treated them at Mount Sinai Medical Center.


Jayson Littman, 35

Staff Writer
06/03/2013 - 20:00

Fighting for LGBT rights, Israel — and for the right to party.

When Baz Luhrmann’s cinematic take on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel “The Great Gatsby” opened in May, Jayson Littman was one of the first in line for tickets.


Joshua R. Fattal, 20

06/03/2013 - 20:00

Activist on the green.

Joshua R. Fattal, a sophomore at Columbia, took the year before college to attend Yeshivat Har Etzion in the West Bank, where he studied Talmud and Jewish philosophy.

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