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Samuel Zerin, Reviving a lost Jewish composer.

Staff Writer
05/22/2012

Samuel Zerin, 25

Twitter: @achronsociety
www.JosephAchron.org

A few years ago, Samuel Zerin, a classical pianist now pursuing a Ph.D. in musicology at NYU, was looking for a good piece of Jewish classical music to perform.

Samuel Zerin

Heather Stoltz, Making social justice part of her art.

05/22/2012

Heather Stoltz, 33

Twitter: @HeatherStoltz
http://sewingstories.com

The cause of social justice had been ingrained in Heather Stoltz for so long that her first job out of college — as an engineer designing bakery machines that replaced human labor — caused a crisis of conscience.

Heather Stoltz

Judah Skoff, Making the play the thing.

05/22/2012

Judah Skoff, 32

www.judahskoff.com

When Judah Skoff can get away from writing legal briefs, he works on his plays. Splitting time between a legal career — he works for the New Jersey-based firm McCarter & English — and one as a playwright, however, isn’t exactly new to him.

Judah Skoff

Alicia Jo Rabins, Art-rocking the women of the Bible.

05/22/2012

Alicia Jo Rabins, 34

Twitter: @ohaliciajo, @girlsintrouble
www.girlsintroublemusic.com

Growing up, Alicia Jo Rabins never gave much thought to Jewish tradition. She was raised secular, in a mostly non-Jewish section of Baltimore.

Alicia Jo Rabins

Avram Mlotek, Going back to the future.

Associate Editor
05/22/2012

Avram Mlotek, 24

Avram Mlotek was doing cantorial and concert work in Australia, when an old man came over to chat in Yiddish. The old man moved to Australia after the war, “to get as far away from home as possible.”

Now, hearing Mlotek, 25, he was home, and it was good, and when he learned where Mlotek came from and what he did, the old man was more home than he knew. He said, surprised, that he never thought he’d see Yosl Mlotek’s grandson studying to become a rabbi and leading High Holy Day services.

AVram Mlotek

Mor Keshet, Bridging differences in culture and advantage in Israel and America.

05/22/2012

Mor Keshet, 33

Twitter: @mor330
www.stonybrookhillel.org

Mor Keshet has spent much of her life helping others, and along the way has realized something about the power of artistic expression to help people. “Given the right support,” she said, “a person can really transform their life.”

Mor Keshet

Miriam Leah Droz, Creating a stage for Orthodox women.

05/22/2012

Miriam LEAH Droz, 35

Twitter: @drozmr, @artsandtorah
www.artsandtorah.org

Miriam Droz, who grew up in a secular Jewish home, always wanted to be on stage. She’d been involved in theater, singing and dance all her life, but when she started to become more religious in college, at Barnard, those artistic hopes were put on hold.

Miriam LEAH Droz

Erin Leib Smokler, Bringing a unique dimension to spiritual leaders’ training.

Staff Writer
05/22/2012

Erin Leib Smokler, 33

Erin Leib Smokler’s description of her life’s work is concise: She’s helping teach “the next generation of Orthodox spiritual leaders.”

Orthodox female spiritual leaders.

Erin Leib Smokler

Deborah Fishman, Weaving the Jewish network.

Associate Editor
05/22/2012

Deborah Fishman, 28

Twitter: @deborahfishman
http://hachavaya.blogspot.com

Deborah Fishman has no loom, warp, weft or shuttle. Instead the tools of this self-described “network weaver” — who seeks to bring together like-minded Jewish activists and professionals into a strong, vibrant fabric — are the Internet, phone, conferences, face-to-face meetings and endless rounds of Jewish Geography.

Deborah Fishman
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