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Mor Keshet, Bridging differences in culture and advantage in Israel and America.

05/21/2012 - 20:00

Mor Keshet, 33

Twitter: @mor330

Mor Keshet has spent much of her life helping others, and along the way has realized something about the power of artistic expression to help people. “Given the right support,” she said, “a person can really transform their life.”

Mor Keshet

Miriam Leah Droz, Creating a stage for Orthodox women.

05/21/2012 - 20:00

Miriam LEAH Droz, 35

Twitter: @drozmr, @artsandtorah

Miriam Droz, who grew up in a secular Jewish home, always wanted to be on stage. She’d been involved in theater, singing and dance all her life, but when she started to become more religious in college, at Barnard, those artistic hopes were put on hold.

Miriam LEAH Droz

Erin Leib Smokler, Bringing a unique dimension to spiritual leaders’ training.

Staff Writer
05/21/2012 - 20:00

Erin Leib Smokler, 33

Erin Leib Smokler’s description of her life’s work is concise: She’s helping teach “the next generation of Orthodox spiritual leaders.”

Orthodox female spiritual leaders.

Erin Leib Smokler

Deborah Fishman, Weaving the Jewish network.

Associate Editor
05/21/2012 - 20:00

Deborah Fishman, 28

Twitter: @deborahfishman

Deborah Fishman has no loom, warp, weft or shuttle. Instead the tools of this self-described “network weaver” — who seeks to bring together like-minded Jewish activists and professionals into a strong, vibrant fabric — are the Internet, phone, conferences, face-to-face meetings and endless rounds of Jewish Geography.

Deborah Fishman

Rabbi Dov Emerson, Helping Jewish educators master technology.

Associate Editor
05/21/2012 - 20:00

Rabbi Dov Emerson, 35

Twitter: @dovemerson

Rabbi Dov Emerson still vividly remembers the day his father brought home Apple’s first-ever Macintosh, and his family gathered around, fascinated to watch “the arrow of the mouse move on an eight-inch screen.”

Rabbi Dov Emerson

Miriam Brosseau, Networked musician/educator.

Associate Editor
05/21/2012 - 20:00

Miriam Brosseau, 28

Twitter: @miriamjayne, @stereosinai, http://stereosinai.com, www.thejewisheducationproject.org/,

Miriam Brosseau met her husband, Alan Jay Sufrin, freshman year at the University of Wisconsin, Madison at a campus open-mike night.

Miriam Brosseau

Rabbi Ari Weiss, Teaching Modern Orthodox community about social justice.

05/21/2012 - 20:00

Rabbi Ari Weiss, 32

Twitter: @AriWeiss, @uriltzedek

During a lull in a local kosher restaurant’s schedule one day last year, Rabbi Ari Weiss, a frequent customer, approached the owner. Rabbi Weiss, executive director of the Uri L’Tzedek Orthodox social justice organization, suggested that the owner join Uri L’Tzedek’s Tav HaYosher “ethical seal” program.

Rabbi Ari Weiss

Shea Rubenstein, Helping the needy in Marine Park.

Assistant Managing Editor/Online Editor
05/21/2012 - 20:00

Shea Rubenstein, 35

Twitter: @SheaRubenstein,

As the Jewish population in Marine Park, Brooklyn, continues to soar, so does the responsibility to look out for the needy in the community.

Shea Rubenstein

Liana Rosenman, Helping young women to overcome eating disorders.

Editorial Intern/ARTS INTERN
05/21/2012 - 20:00

Liana Rosenman, 20

Twitter: @theprojectheal

Liana Rosenman was first diagnosed with an eating disorder when she was 12; it had begun, she remembers, around the time she started losing weight for her bat mitzvah.

“People were commenting on how great I looked,” she said. “And then it just kind of spiraled out of control.”

Rosenman would spend the next several years, most of her adolescence, battling on and off with anorexia.

Liana Rosenman
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