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Standing Strong, Building Bridges: Yaacov Behrman

06/05/2014 - 20:00

After a 12-year-old Jewish boy was sucker punched in the head as the “knockout game” spree swept through his Crown Heights neighborhood last fall, Rabbi Yaacov Behrman, the executive director of the Jewish Future Alliance, knew that a larger police presence was needed.

Yaacov Behrman

Mason and Mug, and Beyond: Matthue Roth, Itta Werdiger-Roth

06/05/2014 - 20:00

Creating everything from hip dining to children’s literature, Itta Werdiger-Roth and Matthue Roth have become Brooklyn’s Jewish power couple.

Matthue Roth and Itta Werdiger-Roth. Sam Suter

Helping is his Business: Shlomo Klapper

06/05/2014 - 20:00

One day while walking through the University of Pennsylvania cafeteria, Shlomo Klapper struck up a conversation with Troy Harris, one of the cafeteria’s workers. Harris had a great idea for a small business but couldn’t it get it off the ground. Klapper, who has a self-described “bias towards action,” wanted to find a way to help not just Harris, but all the struggling small businesses in West Philadelphia. This was the humble beginning of Consult for America (CFA), a student group that offers pro-bono consulting services to struggling low-income businesses.

Shlomo Klapper

Wall Street Humanitarian: Andrew Klaber

06/05/2014 - 20:00

When asked about his many accomplishments, Andrew Klaber states the facts: summa cum laude graduate of Yale; MBA/JD from Harvard Business School and Harvard Law; investor at Paulson & Co. Inc., a leading hedge fund in New York. He sits on the boards of over half a dozen nonprofits, serves as co-chair of UJA-Federation’s Young Wall Street Division, and has run nine marathons.

Andrew Klaber

Breaking Barriers with Musical Healing: Mark Weingarten

06/05/2014 - 20:00

Have violin, will travel: That was Mark Weingarten’s mantra as he trekked two hours by bus each way from his yeshiva in Yavne to Jerusalem to play music at Hadassah Hospital. “I figured I would just go around to each patient, play for a few minutes, say good Shabbos, and move on,” he recalled.

Mark Weingarten

Cool Dude with a Heart: Eli Lunzer

06/05/2014 - 20:00

Eli Lunzer is known on New York’s Jewish young professionals scene as a successful party producer. What many don’t realize, however, is that Lunzer, owner of Eli Lunzer Productions, has for many years donated significant time to an array of charities.

Eli Lunzer

Crossing the Cultural Divide: Mikaela Gerwin

06/05/2014 - 20:00

Despite living in New York City for most of her life, Mikaela Gerwin came to realize that she had never had a meaningful conversation with a non-Jew. “I live between the secular and Jewish worlds, and sometimes these can be hard to reconcile.”

Mikaela Gerwin, 18

Mommy to the Rescue: Rebecca Fischer

06/05/2014 - 20:00

Bombarded by news of tragedies on a daily basis, most of us tune out. But for Rebecca Fischer, 33, the images from the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting could not be forgotten.

“My colleague at the time had a son in the school, and our office administrator sent word out about what had happened even before it hit the news,” remembers Fischer, who was working as a lawyer in Manhattan

Rebecca Fischer, 33
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