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Kicked Out And Pushing Back: Melanie Goldberg, 23

05/31/2015 - 20:00

In 2013, Goldberg was one of four students forced to leave an anti-Israel forum at Brooklyn College because they were holding pro-Israel fact sheets. The experience made her a more vigorous activist, not only for Zionism, but also for other students who feel intimidated on campuses.

Melanie Goldberg

Cultivating Sephardic Pride: Lauren Gibli, 24

This proud Yemenite Jew founded the founded the American Sephardi Foundation's Young Leadership Board.

05/31/2015 - 20:00

As a proud Yemenite Jew, Lauren Gibli sees herself as a bridge linking the rituals of her ancestors to future generations.

Lauren Gibli

Lani Santo, 35


Supporting Jews In Transition

05/31/2015 (All day)

When Lani Santo was 13 and living with her Modern Orthodox family in the increasingly black-hat neighborhood of Kew Gardens, her mother came out as gay.

Lani Santo

Rallying Rabbis To A Cause: Joy Friedman, 32

05/31/2015 - 20:00

Once voted “most likely to be Sandra Bullock” by her high school class thanks to her involvement in the arts, Joy Friedman shifted her focus to community organizing in 2004, while a student at Carleton College.

Joy Friedman

Fearless Israel Supporter: Jordan Chandler Hirsch, 27

05/31/2015 - 20:00

An unabashed defender of Israel, Jordan Chandler Hirsch developed some of his confidence in 2006 when, as an 18-year-old student at Columbia University, he rose to ask visiting Iranian United Nations Ambassador Mohammad Zarif an intentionally prickly question.

Jordan Chandler Hirsch

Jewish Voices Transcending Generations: Johanna Sanders, 23

05/31/2015 - 20:00

Growing up in Forest Hills, Queens, surrounded by German-Jewish refugees, Johanna Sanders did not emerge from the typical millennial cocoon. Her accomplishments are just as distinct.

Johanna Sanders

Jeremy Balkin, 31


Tikkun Olam On Wall Street

05/31/2015 (All day)

Jeremy Balkin has been called the “Anti-Wolf of Wall Street,” not because he is less inclined to pursue capital but rather because of his ethical approach. The native Australian thinks of himself as “an activist investor.”

Jeremy Balkin

Instituting A More Inclusive Judaism: Eva Stern, 33

05/31/2015 - 20:00

As a baby, Stern was given four baby naming ceremonies with traditions incorporated from the Reform, Reconstructionist, Conservative and Orthodox movements.

Eva Stern

Cancer Survivor, Cancer Researcher: Elana Simon, 19

05/31/2015 - 20:00

At age 12, Elana was diagnosed with a rare form of liver cancer. Four years later, as a high school sophomore, she re-confronted her disease — as a medical researcher.

Elana Simon

Making The Shidduch Swipe-able: David Yarus, 28

The inventor of a Jewish dating app also helps Jewish organizations with social media.

05/31/2015 - 20:00

David Yarus calls himself a hopeless romantic. “All I’m looking for is peace and love,” he said. Yarus’ penchant for passion explains why he has built a business out of playing Cupid.

David Yarus
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