Alt Rock, Chasidic-Style: Perl Wolfe, 28


Perl Wolfe is committed to the rock and roll lifestyle: she is currently without a home. Wolfe, who was living with her band-mate Dalia Shusterman in Crown Heights, recently moved out and has been couch surfing. The move was business related, not personal, and a testament to their growing success.

Perl Wolfe

Making Theater Frum Friendly: Yoni Oppenheim, 33


As the co-founder of 24/6: A Jewish Theater Company, Yoni Oppenheim has been adapting classical theater to address issues unique to the Jewish community since 2010.

Yoni Oppenheim

Using His Voice For Performance, Politics: Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen, 21


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

Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen

Standing Up For His Dream: Simon Cadel, 15


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

Staging Positive Change: Sivan Hadari, 33


Who is Persian, Tunisian, American and Israeli but can play any nationality on stage? The answer is actress, producer, event planner and activist Sivan Hadari.

Born in Brooklyn, Hadari moved to Tel Aviv at the age of 12, where she volunteered with the IDF working with underprivileged children. In 2006, Hadari, who has studied acting since the first grade, moved back to New York to attend the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.

Sivan Hadari

Educating the Individual Child: Yocheved Sidof


In Lubavitch circles in Crown Heights, Yocheved Sidof is known for being both a “dreamer” and a “doer,” traits she attributes to her Iranian, chasidic upbringing.

Yocheved Sidof

Cultural Relevance in the Public Schools: Ariela Rothstein


When Ariela Rothstein was in high school, she soon came to realize that she was having a very different experience than her brother. “We had different strengths,” she said. She was a nearly-straight-A student while he was more social.

Ariela Rothstein

Seeking Answers through the Spiritual: Rabbi Jessica Minnen

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Growing up in Kentucky, Rabbi Jessica Minnen learned there are many paths to God. During Minnen’s childhood, her mother, who had married at 19, began a process of questioning that led her to convert to Christianity.

Rabbi Jessica Minnen

Lighting the Way through Art: Rebecca Goldstein Shomair


Buying art can sometimes seem like something only wealthy people do, but it doesn’t have to be that way, says Rebecca Goldstein Shomair.

 Rebecca Goldstein Shomair
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