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Challenging Judaism’s Self-Image: Chava Shervington, 34

05/31/2015 - 20:00

As a black Orthodox Jew, Chava Shervington is constantly being noticed. And she finds it exhausting.

Chava Shervington

Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen, 21

Subtitle: 

Using His Voice For Performance, Politics

05/31/2015 (All day)

In 2012, Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen was the first freshman to win Princeton University's Handel Singing Competition.

Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen

Gearing Up To Help The IDF: Ross Den, 33

05/31/2015 - 20:00

Ross Den was born in Ukraine in a family of medical professionals, but didn’t follow in their footsteps.

Ross Den

Orthodox Davening, Gay Pride: Oliver Rosenberg, 29

A poster child for Modern Orthodoxy has founded a congregation for LGBTQ Jews and their allies.

05/31/2015 - 20:00

When Oliver Rosenberg came out to his friends and family, he did so on a one-on-one basis. When he spoke about being gay for a communal cause, 800 people, mostly students he didn’t know, showed up to listen.

Oliver Rosenberg

Building Community, And Bridges; Raysh Weiss, 31

05/28/2015 - 20:00

Raysh Weiss, who is to be ordained next year at the Jewish Theological Seminary, noticed last spring that Iftar, the evening meal that ends Muslims’ sunup-to-sundown Ramadan fasts, would coincide with the Jewish fast on the 17th of Tammuz. She and a friend, who had a strong relationship with the Malcolm Shabbaz Mosque in Harlem, where Malcolm X had preached, saw an opportunity for collaboration.

Raysh Weiss

Sasha Fisher, 26

Subtitle: 

Sparking Change, Enabling Others

05/28/2015 (All day)

After she graduated from college, Sasha Fisher booked a one-way ticket to Rwanda. She went with one suitcase, few contacts and no knowledge of the local language.

Sasha Fisher

Fostering Orthodox Feminism: Sharon Weiss-Greenberg, 31

05/28/2015 - 20:00

According to Sharon Weiss-Greenberg, attending eight different Jewish day schools before the age of 16 has some unexpected perks.

Sharon Weiss-Greenberg

Simon Cadel, 15

Subtitle: 

Standing Up For His Dream

05/28/2015 (All day)

Simon Cadel is a comedian who happens to be a kid. He’s not a kid comedian. Cadel, who is in ninth grade, has performed at iconic New York comedy clubs like Caroline’s, Comic Strip Live and The Stand.

Simon Cadel

Sion Setton, 29

Subtitle: 

Traveling Teacher

05/28/2015 (All day)

In July, Rabbi Sion Setton and his wife of two years, Mijal Bitton, plan to fly to Istanbul to offer four Torah classes to the city’s Jewish community. This will be Setton’s fifth visit since 2008 to Istanbul, where he offers the city’s 18,000 Jews classes about their Sephardic heritage.

Sion Setton

Sophie Ackoff, 26

Subtitle: 

Planting Seeds For Sustainable Farming

05/28/2015 (All day)

Sophie Ackoff is no stranger to environmental causes. In high school, she petitioned to get elephants removed from the Los Angeles Zoo and for the protection of boreal forests.

But it wasn’t until college that she joined a farm.

“It wasn’t really on my radar until I started visiting nearby farms during my free time,” said Ackoff, who studied biology and environmental studies at Wesleyan University.

Sophie Ackoff
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