They were both looking for community. “That’s what we found at Moishe House St. Louis,” says David Elias, 30. And that’s where they found each other. In the words of its founders: “Moishe House is a place for young Jews to connect post-college. Moishe House is a community.”
Leah Hakimian |
Special To The Jewish Week |
Yitz Lauterbach met Maria Kharina in an international relations class at the Rothberg International School of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Appropriately, their own backgrounds made for an interesting international relationship.
For eleven years, Dr. Tova Goldfine was an agunah, the victim of a recalcitrant husband who refused to give her a gett (a Jewish divorce), after abandoning her and their 2-year-old daughter. “Never in a million years did I think I could trust another man,” says Tova.
Abigail (Abby) Duman Baer nods in agreement with the pronouncement at the Chabad website: “In certain circumstances, it is permissible or even commendable to lie.” She then smiles and adds: “Still, I only told a white lie.” Matti Baer interjects: “Anyway, she didn’t fool me. I understood what Abby was trying to tell me, and I liked what I heard.”