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Racing to Help Save Lives: Alex Goldberg


Alex Goldberg has a passion for Israel. He spent a year after high school studying there at Yeshivat Kerem B’Yavneh, and his appreciation for the country only grew. He wanted to give back to the land that had given him so much, so after meeting Eli Beer, the founder of United Hatzalah of Israel, he decided to help fundraise for the ambulance corps. United Hatzalah provides fast and free emergency medical first response throughout Israel. “I learned that it cost only $16 to save a life,” he says.

Alex Goldberg

Standing Strong, Building Bridges: Yaacov Behrman


After a 12-year-old Jewish boy was sucker punched in the head as the “knockout game” spree swept through his Crown Heights neighborhood last fall, Rabbi Yaacov Behrman, the executive director of the Jewish Future Alliance, knew that a larger police presence was needed.

Yaacov Behrman

Mason and Mug, and Beyond: Matthue Roth, Itta Werdiger-Roth


Creating everything from hip dining to children’s literature, Itta Werdiger-Roth and Matthue Roth have become Brooklyn’s Jewish power couple.

Matthue Roth and Itta Werdiger-Roth. Sam Suter

Helping is his Business: Shlomo Klapper


One day while walking through the University of Pennsylvania cafeteria, Shlomo Klapper struck up a conversation with Troy Harris, one of the cafeteria’s workers. Harris had a great idea for a small business but couldn’t it get it off the ground. Klapper, who has a self-described “bias towards action,” wanted to find a way to help not just Harris, but all the struggling small businesses in West Philadelphia. This was the humble beginning of Consult for America (CFA), a student group that offers pro-bono consulting services to struggling low-income businesses.

Shlomo Klapper

Wall Street Humanitarian: Andrew Klaber


When asked about his many accomplishments, Andrew Klaber states the facts: summa cum laude graduate of Yale; MBA/JD from Harvard Business School and Harvard Law; investor at Paulson & Co. Inc., a leading hedge fund in New York. He sits on the boards of over half a dozen nonprofits, serves as co-chair of UJA-Federation’s Young Wall Street Division, and has run nine marathons.

Andrew Klaber

Breaking Barriers with Musical Healing: Mark Weingarten


Have violin, will travel: That was Mark Weingarten’s mantra as he trekked two hours by bus each way from his yeshiva in Yavne to Jerusalem to play music at Hadassah Hospital. “I figured I would just go around to each patient, play for a few minutes, say good Shabbos, and move on,” he recalled.

Mark Weingarten

Cool Dude with a Heart: Eli Lunzer


Eli Lunzer is known on New York’s Jewish young professionals scene as a successful party producer. What many don’t realize, however, is that Lunzer, owner of Eli Lunzer Productions, has for many years donated significant time to an array of charities.

Eli Lunzer
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