Earlier this spring, with ice still in the Garden (Madison Square Garden), Seth Mandel announced to his wife Bethany, “I have something very important to tell the baby,” the firstborn they’re expecting in the fall.
During Hurricane Sandy, when the North Shore of Long Island was plunged into darkness, Witman, who is director of education at Temple Beth-El of Great Neck, had a vision: the Temple would serve as a shelter, office building and day care for families who were without power.
He says he’s never seen “Welcome Back Kotter,” but Doni Joszef is a 2013 version of Gabe Kotter, the beloved high school teacher from the 1970s sitcom who returned to his old high school stomping grounds.
Our sixth annual list of young visionaries reshaping and broadening the Jewish community.
The Next Jewish Community
The push, they prod, they inspire, they innovate, they pull a crowd with their ideas. Now in its sixth year, The Jewish Week’s “36 Under 36” section has honored young people in our community who have dared to challenge conventional thinking and follow their inner compass.
In this fifth annual “36 Under 36” section, The Jewish Week proudly atches up with past 36ers:
Chaviva Galatz (’11) moved to Denver, where she works for the Colorado Agency for Jewish Education as the social media and website manager. She was named a Top 10 Jewish Influencers on Twitter by NJOP.
Part of a Ukrainian-Jewish family that came to the U.S. in 1993, Roman Shmulenson made his first meaningful contact with the Jewish community while studying at a Brooklyn high school the next year. A social worker from the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services who met with émigré teens arranged a scholarship for Shmulenson to visit Israel.
The trip energized his Jewish feelings; today he’s paying his spiritual debt, as a leader of the émigré community.
As a member of the New York University community for nine years, recently as an NYU Law School Tikvah post-doctoral scholar and previously as an NYU JLIC educator, Michelle Sarna was gratified when Shalhevet, NYU’s Orthodox student group, elected its first female president four years ago – succeeded by three more female presidents.
Rebecca Missel grew up mostly in Mesa, Ariz., a predominantly Mormon city with few Jews. But when she moved to Morristown, N.J., she was surprised to find she felt a more acute lack of connection with her community.