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Abby Stein, 24

Subtitle: 

A Voice For Transgender Chasidic Jews

A Voice For Transgender Chasidic Jews

05/23/2016 (All day)

When Abby Stein began her transition from male to female at the age of 23, she could have chosen to stay under the radar. Instead, she came out on her blog, and when reporters started calling she responded, because she wanted to let other chasidic transgender Jews know they are not alone.

“I wanted to be a voice,” she said. “If someone would have told me then that there were other people like me, it just would have been so helpful.”

Abby Stein, 24 - A Voice For Transgender Chasidic Jews

Ellie Epstein, 24

Subtitle: 

Connecting the Generations

Connecting the Generations

05/23/2016 (All day)

An intergenerational program centered around electronic devices grew out of one intergenerational conversation during which only one electronic device was discussed.

Epstein, who works and lives in Brookline, Mass., spending weekends on the Upper East Side, was sharing a meal here with her grandmother last year.

Ellie Epstein, 24 - Connecting the Generations

Evan Traylor, 21

Subtitle: 

Leading a Movement in Millennial Engagement

Leading a Movement in Millennial Engagement

05/23/2016 (All day)

As one of a few Jewish students in his school growing up in Oklahoma City, Evan Traylor’s mission to revitalize youth in the Reform movement began at a young age. While serving as the president of the youth group at Temple Bnei Israel during his sophomore year of high school, he began to see the need to make Judaism meaningful to other people his age.

Evan Traylor, 21 - Leading a Movement in Millennial Engagement

Murray Mizrachi, 28

Subtitle: 

A Sephardic Voice

A Sephardic Voice

05/23/2016 (All day)

For several years, starting in college, Mizrachi served as a volunteer with the Sephardic Community Alliance, an independent, Brooklyn-based umbrella organization that sponsors a wide variety of programs for the borough’s growing Sephardic community, most with roots in the Middle East and North Africa. Among his chief responsibilities was editing Qol Ha’Qahal (Voice of the Community), the SCA magazine.

Murray Mizrachi, 28 - A Sephardic Voice

Gila Block, 28

Subtitle: 

Conceiving a Community of Support

Conceiving a Community of Support

05/23/2016 (All day)

The sea of strollers parked at the entrance to a synagogue can be an extremely painful sight to someone struggling with infertility.  

Gila Block, founder of Yesh Tikva, a nonprofit that provides resources and tools to those struggling to conceive, knows this firsthand. She and her husband struggled with infertility for four years. During this time, Block was struck by the loneliness of the experience.

Gila Block, 28 - Conceiving a Community of Support

Erin Zaikis, 26

Subtitle: 

Teaching Hygiene

Teaching Hygiene

05/23/2016 (All day)

Two epiphanies have shaped Erin Zaikis’ life.

No. 1: At 19, when she was in college, she watched “Slumdog Millionaire,” the Oscar-winning love story/adventure set in the slums of Mumbai. Upset by the depiction of poverty she had never experienced, she decided to travel there and help. Using the money saved from her bat mitzvah, she booked a one-way flight that night and spent the summer working with an anti-trafficking NGO.

Erin Zaikis, 26 - Teaching Hygiene

Arielle Kandel, 33

Subtitle: 

Enabling and Empowering Young Immigrant Women

Enabling and Empowering Young Immigrant Women

05/23/2016 (All day)

 

As the founder and CEO of New Women New Yorkers (NWNY), Arielle Kandel is making a big impact on the lives of many immigrant women — and helping bring her family history full circle.

Arielle Kandel, 33 - Enabling and Empowering Young Immigrant Women

Valerie Weisler, 18

Subtitle: 

Discovering the Value of Validation

Discovering the Value of Validation

05/23/2016 (All day)

On her first day of high school, Valerie Weisler was mercilessly mocked and taunted for being shy.

 “A group of girls circulated a rumor that I was mute and even slipped notes into my locker telling me to kill myself,” said the high school senior.

But a chance encounter with another young man being bullied changed her path, and transformed what could have been a tragic situation into a spark of inspiration.

Valerie Weisler, 18 - Discovering the Value of Validation

Jessie Spector, 29

Subtitle: 

Fighting for Class Equality

Fighting for Class Equality

05/23/2016 (All day)

As the executive director of a national nonprofit organization that fights for class equality, Jessie Spector proves that young doesn’t necessarily mean naive. “I look younger than my age — I’m often told that I look like a 15-year-old,” she said. “Being young and looking young, I often have to struggle to be taken seriously.”

Jessie Spector, 29 - Fighting for Class Equality

Elisha Mlotek, 25

Subtitle: 

The Neo-Hasidic Artist

The Neo-Hasidic Artist

05/23/2016 (All day)

Elisha Mlotek is no stranger to the stage. Growing up in a family of Yiddish culture impresarios, he was surrounded by the sounds of klezmer, Yiddish poetry and theater from a young age. At 5, he was performing Yiddish music on stage with his father at Folksbiene, the national Yiddish theater company (his father, Zalman Mlotek, is artistic director).

Elisha Mlotek, 25 - The Neo-Hasidic Artist
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