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Alt Rock, Chasidic-Style: Perl Wolfe, 28

05/31/2015 - 20:00

Perl Wolfe is committed to the rock and roll lifestyle: she is currently without a home. Wolfe, who was living with her band-mate Dalia Shusterman in Crown Heights, recently moved out and has been couch surfing. The move was business related, not personal, and a testament to their growing success.

Perl Wolfe

Backing Israel By Supporting Two States: Ira Stup, 28

05/31/2015 - 20:00

Ira Stup likes to joke that Israel advocacy is part of his DNA.

A founding staffer of J Street U — the campus arm of the liberal Israel advocacy group J Street — Stup has been hearing tales of Israel activism his entire life.

Ira Stup

Advocating For Orthodox LGBTQ Jews: Dasha Sominski, 22

05/31/2015 - 20:00

Sominski’s days as a minority began in her native St. Petersburg. Growing up in a large, Lubavitch family, her unfashionably long skirts would draw stares from non-Jewish Russians.

Dasha Sominski

An Old Subject, A New Beat: Daniel Silverstein, 35

05/31/2015 - 20:00

When Daniel Silverstein was growing up in London, he wrote poetry. He also sang.

He eventually combined those skills in his unique style of rap and hip-hop poetry. “My rebbe,” he said, “was Bob Dylan.”

Daniel Silverstein

Reaching Out To Russian-Speaking Jews: Avital Chizhik Goldschmidt, 23 Rabbi Benjamin Goldschmidt, 27

05/31/2015 - 20:00

Avital Chizhik Goldschmidt does most of her outreach to the Russian-speaking Jewish community through the printed word, publishing articles about émigré life and Jewish feminist issues for media outlets including the New York Times, Haaretz, Tablet and the Forward. She also teaches Torah classes.

Avital Chizhik Goldschmidt, Rabbi Benjamin Goldschmidt

Advocating For Students With Special Needs: Adam Dayan, 31

05/31/2015 - 20:00

As a kid in a Sephardic family in Flatbush, Dayan thought he’d become a writer or lawyer. Eventually he decided that a writer’s life was not necessarily financially lucrative.

Adam Dayan

Yoni Oppenheim, 33


Making Theater Frum Friendly

05/31/2015 (All day)

As the co-founder of 24/6: A Jewish Theater Company, Yoni Oppenheim has been adapting classical theater to address issues unique to the Jewish community since 2010.

Yoni Oppenheim

Instilling Teens With Bukharian Pride: Manashe Khaimov, 27

05/31/2015 - 20:00

Many an ancient traveller and merchant took the old Silk Road to China or to the Mediterranean. Ten generations ago, the Khaimov family settled in Central Asia, eventually in the mythical center of Samarkand, Uzbekistan.

Manashe Khaimov

Babysitting Boss, Budding Philanthropist: Noa Mintz, 15

05/31/2015 - 20:00

Some high school students babysit for extra cash. Noa Mintz launched her own babysitting agency.

Noa Mintz

Helping Malawians Help Themselves: Melissa Kushner, 35

05/31/2015 - 20:00

Melissa Kushner unexpectedly fell in love with Malawi.

In 2002, between her undergrad years at the University of Pennsylvania and graduate school at NYU, Kushner worked as an intern at the United Nations Fund for International Partnerships, focusing on building connections with the private sector. Her boss at the time had previously worked for UNICEF in Malawi and invited Kushner to accompany her on her next visit.

Melissa Kushner
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