36 Under 36

Pedram Tabibi, 29

Staff Writer
06/04/2013

@PedramTabibi
A voice for Jewish-Iranians in the U.S.

A decade ago, as an undergraduate at New York University, Pedram Tabibi attended a meeting of the school’s Persian Cultural Society.

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Inna Vernikov, 28

Staff Writer
06/04/2013

An advocate for people in need.

Growing up in Czernovitz, a city in Ukraine, Inna Vernikov did not experience anti-Semitism herself, but she heard stories of family members who had.

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Allison Josephs, 33

Assistant Managing Editor/Online Editor
06/04/2013

@jewinthecity, jewinthecity.com
Finding faith from despair.

When Allison Josephs was growing up, she sometimes heard derogatory remarks about Orthodox Jews from her father, a neurologist who treated them at Mount Sinai Medical Center.

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Jayson Littman, 35

Staff Writer
06/04/2013

www.myhebro.com/welcome
awiderbridge.org
Fighting for LGBT rights, Israel — and for the right to party.

When Baz Luhrmann’s cinematic take on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel “The Great Gatsby” opened in May, Jayson Littman was one of the first in line for tickets.

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Josh Lipowsky, 31, kosher bachelor, media

"I needed to embrace all of my identity and not replace one closet with another."
-- Jayson Littman, 35

Joshua R. Fattal, 20

Intern
06/04/2013

Activist on the green.

Joshua R. Fattal, a sophomore at Columbia, took the year before college to attend Yeshivat Har Etzion in the West Bank, where he studied Talmud and Jewish philosophy.

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Benjamin Ryberg, 28

Contributing editor / blueprint editor
06/04/2013

www.thelawfareproject.org
@lawfareproject
Standing up for Israel and the law.

Ben Ryberg is used to winning arguments.

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Rivka Abbe, 18

Intern
06/04/2013

@rivkaabbe
Lobbying for Israel.

For Rivka Abbe, helping Jews has always been part of the dinner-table discussion. “My father, now 74, has spent a life of activism helping Jews escape Ethiopia, Syria, Russia, and Romania,” Abbe said. “The question for me was never if I’m going to help Jews, but how.”

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Zach Fredman, 28

Special To The Jewish Week
06/04/2013

www.theepichorus.com
A heretic’s path to prayer.

After Zach Fredman returned from an eight-month stint in India, his family remarked: “You were crazy before you left, but you’re more comfortable in your craziness after coming home.”

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Alison Klayman, filmmaker, Chinese speaker

"The heretics, the apikurus, are always the ones who are the most interesting, the ones creating the next step."
-- Zach Fredman, 28

Anna Zicer, 25

Special To The Jewish Week
06/04/2013

www.lostandfoundprod.com 
@LnFproject
Making the world her stage.

Anna Zicer radiates American warmth, yet she gestures like a hard-nosed Israeli. She’s just 25, yet her credentials suggest someone much older. She has barely a trace of an accent, yet she maintains deep familiarity with the Russian-Jewish community.

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Alison Klayman, filmmaker, Chinese speaker

"All of these experiences led to where I am today, trying to engage people using artistic tools to see why they are the way they are."
-- Anna Zicer, 25

Cori Silberman, 30

Special To The Jewish Week
06/04/2013

Storytelling with a Jewish sense.

Milwaukee native Cori Silberman was always fascinated with American Jewish history. So after venturing into a successful television production career, it seemed only natural she would start her own company focused on just that topic.

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