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Educating the Individual Child: Yocheved Sidof

06/05/2014 - 20:00

In Lubavitch circles in Crown Heights, Yocheved Sidof is known for being both a “dreamer” and a “doer,” traits she attributes to her Iranian, chasidic upbringing.

Yocheved Sidof

Cultural Relevance in the Public Schools: Ariela Rothstein

06/05/2014 - 20:00

When Ariela Rothstein was in high school, she soon came to realize that she was having a very different experience than her brother. “We had different strengths,” she said. She was a nearly-straight-A student while he was more social.

Ariela Rothstein

Seeking Answers through the Spiritual: Rabbi Jessica Minnen

Contributing Editor
06/05/2014 - 20:00

Growing up in Kentucky, Rabbi Jessica Minnen learned there are many paths to God. During Minnen’s childhood, her mother, who had married at 19, began a process of questioning that led her to convert to Christianity.

Rabbi Jessica Minnen

Lighting the Way through Art: Rebecca Goldstein Shomair

06/05/2014 - 20:00

Buying art can sometimes seem like something only wealthy people do, but it doesn’t have to be that way, says Rebecca Goldstein Shomair.

 Rebecca Goldstein Shomair

‘Slamming’ Judaism’s Critics: Ethan Metzger

06/05/2014 - 20:00

After an SAR High School classmate challenged his religious beliefs two years ago, calling Metzger, who was raised in an Orthodox family, “brainwashed,” Metzger answered in poetry.

A fan of the “slam poetry” genre of competitive readings, he defended his upbringing and beliefs in 66 unrhymed lines that praised his parents and ended with the words:

“You can call it brainwashing if you want.

Ethan Metzger

Going Beyond Labels: Mati Esther Engel

Calendar Editor
06/05/2014 - 20:00

Mati Engel knows that young Jews are more than a series of labels. And she proved it when she organized a photography project this year that highlighted the insecurities she and her peers face — and stood them down.

Engel was a student at Stern College when she first encountered photographer Steve Rosenfield’s “What I Be” project, in which subjects pose for pictures with their insecurities written on their skin.

Mati Esther Engel

Inspired to Serve: Nily Rozic

Staff Writer
06/05/2014 - 20:00

Nily Rozic, who was elected last year as representative of the State Assembly’s 25th District in Queens, tells of two constituents who walked into her storefront office on Union Turnpike in recent days. Both needed help getting government services, both had language difficulties — one spoke mostly Spanish; one spoke Russian.

Nily Rozic

Conservative ‘Voice’ on Israel: Joshua Nass

06/05/2014 - 20:00

Joshua Nass spent his college years at Brandeis educating others — particularly Israel’s detractors. Educated at Ramaz, raised in New Rochelle and now living on the Upper East Side, in 2013 Nass founded Voices of Conservative Youth. “We boast about 5,000 activists,” he says, and claims “around a dozen college chapters.” He attracted financial support from Sheldon Adelson, a leading figure in U.S. conservative circles, and quickly became a pundit for Fox Business and other news stations to rebut those, including the American Studies Association, promoting boycotts of Israel and attempting to link Israel to apartheid.

Joshua Nass

Championing her Generation: Anya Kamenetz

06/05/2014 - 20:00

You might say millennials owe Anya Kamenetz a debt of gratitude for her most famous book. But please don’t. They already have enough debt.

Anya Kamenetz

Bringing Passion to Journalism and Volunteer Work: Jessica Abo

06/05/2014 - 20:00

Phil Donahue changed Jessica Abo’s life.

At 9, living in Bethlehem, Pa., Abo was watching the pioneer talk show host on TV. A young guest on the show, in tears, was consoled by the end of the show by a psychologist.

Jessica Abo
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