36 Under 36

Introduction: What's Next

06/03/2015

A debate in our community about the nature of Jewish values hovers over our annual 36 Under 36 section. Would those values best be put to use in the service of Jews or for the good of the wider world? Should they be expressed in a particularistic way or a universal one? How far does repairing the world extend?

Supporting Jews With Eating Disorders: Temimah Zucker, 23

06/01/2015

When she was in the throes of anorexia, Temimah Zucker, 23, had no way of knowing that one day in the near future, not only would she be fully recovered but she’d create Tikvah V’Chizuk, Hebrew for hope and strength, a support group Jews struggling with eating disorders and their loved ones.

Temimah Zucker

Reclaiming The Mikvah: Rabbi Sara Luria, 32

06/01/2015

In Orthodox circles, the mikvah is a ritual bath in which women immerse themselves at specific times — before marriage, after childbirth, following menstrual cycles. Going to mikvah is a mandated part of Orthodox life.

Rabbi Sara Luria

Alt Rock, Chasidic-Style: Perl Wolfe, 28

06/01/2015

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

Backing Israel By Supporting Two States: Ira Stup, 28

06/01/2015

Ira Stup likes to joke that Israel advocacy is part of his DNA.

A founding staffer of J Street U — the campus arm of the liberal Israel advocacy group J Street — Stup has been hearing tales of Israel activism his entire life.

Ira Stup

Advocating For Orthodox LGBTQ Jews: Dasha Sominski, 22

06/01/2015

Sominski’s days as a minority began in her native St. Petersburg. Growing up in a large, Lubavitch family, her unfashionably long skirts would draw stares from non-Jewish Russians.

Dasha Sominski

An Old Subject, A New Beat: Daniel Silverstein, 35

06/01/2015

When Daniel Silverstein was growing up in London, he wrote poetry. He also sang.

He eventually combined those skills in his unique style of rap and hip-hop poetry. “My rebbe,” he said, “was Bob Dylan.”

Daniel Silverstein

Reaching Out To Russian-Speaking Jews: Avital Chizhik Goldschmidt, 23 Rabbi Benjamin Goldschmidt, 27

06/01/2015

Avital Chizhik Goldschmidt does most of her outreach to the Russian-speaking Jewish community through the printed word, publishing articles about émigré life and Jewish feminist issues for media outlets including the New York Times, Haaretz, Tablet and the Forward. She also teaches Torah classes.

Avital Chizhik Goldschmidt, Rabbi Benjamin Goldschmidt

Advocating For Students With Special Needs: Adam Dayan, 31

06/01/2015

As a kid in a Sephardic family in Flatbush, Dayan thought he’d become a writer or lawyer. Eventually he decided that a writer’s life was not necessarily financially lucrative.

Adam Dayan

Making Theater Frum Friendly: Yoni Oppenheim, 33

06/01/2015

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
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