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Naftali Ejdelman, 27

Special To The Jewish Week
06/05/2013

www.yiddishfarm.org
@YiddishFarm
Living Yiddish.

Naftali Schaechter Ejdelman grew up in what he calls a “typical American household,” but for one curious difference: Yiddish.

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Alison Klayman, filmmaker, Chinese speaker

"It costs a lot of money; you have to work hard in the field; you have to learn a language. I think people like that.”
-- Naftali Ejdelman, 27

Anna Hanau, 31

Associate Editor
06/05/2013

www.growandbehold.com
Sustainable food educator, kosher meat purveyor.

Anna Hanau is probably the only new mom in Brownstone Brooklyn who lists “tractor operation” and “on-farm slaughter” as skills on her resume.

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Alison Klayman, filmmaker, Chinese speaker

"How many farmers do you know that make enough money to send their kids to Jewish day school?"
-- Anna Hanau, 31

Rebecca Yoshor, 20

Intern
06/05/2013

All-American hoopster.

When she was in elementary school, she used to stand a head taller than all the boys. Now, at 6 feet tall, Rebecca Yoshor stands out on the basketball court.

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Stephanie Hausner, 28

Assistant Managing Editor/Online Editor
06/05/2013

@StephHausner, www.stephaniehausner.com
Political powerhouse.

By day, Stephanie Hausner is an official of the Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey, specializing in challenges facing synagogues and religious schools.

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Alison Klayman, filmmaker, Chinese speaker

“A number of town board members had been there a long time, and I thought we needed a youthful voice. I thought, ‘Hey, I could do this.’”
-- Stephanie Hausner, 28

Rabbi David Okunov, 30

06/05/2013

http://718synagogue.com

Preserving the flame of Judaism.

When Rabbi David Okunov got word in 2011 that a small shul on Coney Island/Brighton Beach needed help for High Holy Days services, he agreed to lead them. He arrived to find five individuals, including an elderly Holocaust survivor, in a dilapidated room.

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Alison Klayman, filmmaker, Chinese speaker

“Many people said, ‘Rabbi, you’re young. Why are you coming to such a place? It’s old and dingy.' I said, ‘Let’s see if people come. Then we’ll decide.’”
-- Rabbi David Okunov, 30

Scott Reich, 29

Contributing editor / blueprint editor
06/05/2013

@ScottDReich
Reform minded.

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

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Reyna Schaechter, 18

Associate Editor
06/05/2013

www.yiddishsisters.com
www.youtube.com/user/shekhtertekhter
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.

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Ariel Fishman, 36

Staff Writer
06/04/2013

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?”

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Alison Klayman, filmmaker, Chinese speaker

“From the very beginning, I was very thankful that I am still alive. I am thankful that my kids are still alive.”
-- Ariel Fishman, 36

Shira Greenland, 35

Associate Editor
06/04/2013

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.

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Catherine Simcha Chiffert-Sherzer, 31

Staff Writer
06/04/2013

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.

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Alison Klayman, filmmaker, Chinese speaker

“I have two ears, two eyes, two legs. I wanted to give back.”
-- Catherine Simcha Chiffert-Sherzer, 28

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