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Make Your Voices Heard

Ezriel Yudkowsky

Could the Jewish State really brand yeshivah students as criminals, for the “offense” of staying at their shtenders? When a virulent Knesset coalition threatened to change the draft law protecting yeshivah students, Yossi Deitsch was tasked with arranging the largest chareidi demonstration of the decade

 

Pulling the Strings

Faigy Schonfeld

If you’re sitting in an audience with hundreds or thousands of frum Jews at a musical event to benefit a non-profit, you’re probably drinking in the logistical magic of Eli Gerstner — a popular composer who found a surprise career as producer of some of frum Jewry’s largest-scale shows

 

Hot Soup, Warm Spirit

Aryeh Ehrlich

Once an abandoned Polish gravesite, the resting place of Reb Elimelech of Lizhensk is now a magnet for tens of thousands of supplicants. Back when Rav Simcha Krakowsky decided to warm the chilly nights with some hot soup, he never could have dreamed how big his hachnassas orchim venture would grow

 

All Fired Up

C. Rosenberg

Thousands of chassidim wait for the twin bursts of flame and song every Lag B’omer in Monroe. Few can imagine the logistical campaign that’s been conducted throughout the year to ensure that the legacy of Rabi Shimon bar Yochai resonates spiritedly — and safely — into the dark night

 

Make Them Sing

Yisroel Besser

He doesn’t hold a mike or play any instrument — but the young man with the baton in hand is leaving a powerful stamp on a new wave of Jewish music. How did this scion of the yeshivah world master the intricacies of musical arrangement, and how does he keep his sense of proportion when the world’s an ever-grander stage?

 

He’s Got the Ticket

C. Rosenberg

A tentative effort by one well-connected Brooklynite helped Boro Park’s Jews keep Shabbos without their usual parking tickets. It also marked him as an effective liaison between city officials and the Torah-observant community. Fifty years later, Rabbi Edgar Gluck is still the prime address

 

On the Record

Riki Goldstein

He’s a steady presence at London chuppahs, a faithful officer trusted by the kehillah and the Commonwealth. In a country where legal dictates govern the niceties of marriage and death, Marriage Secretary Mr. Michoel Mannes is the dependable liaison positioned at the edge of these fateful scenes

 

All Who Are Hungry

Aryeh Ehrlich

It’s one of the largest Pesach distributions in the world. And if Rabbi Ephraim Stern had his way, no one would know the story of the man who makes it happen year after year

 

Serving the Servers

C. Rosenberg

They’re far from the spotlight on the kosher food stage; their role is all about allowing others to shine. Dependable Food is the mega-supplier that keeps faithfully stocking your local bakeries, restaurants, caterers, and summer camps with the food items they need to serve you

 

Against the Current

Riki Goldstein

In modern culture, there may be no food as quintessentially Jewish as the bagel-and-lox duo. But those Jews who care about the kashrus of their breakfast might be surprised to learn just how much effort goes into the supervision of the pungent pink fish

 

Soul Food

Ezriel Yudkowsky

The kitchen is his kingdom, but the beis medrash is his focus. For the kitchen director at Yeshivas Chevron, satisfying the bochurim — be it with special menus, personal-sized bags of milk, or extra veggies for the dieters — is part of the larger mission to ensure that bochurim want nothing other than to stay in yeshivah and shteig

 

Perfect Fit

Chaia Frishman

Today business is burgeoning, but David and Pessy Rosenberg’s clothing empire began with a couple of suitcases schlepped along on a Yom Tov visit. After three decades designing and producing clothing to suit the frum community, they’ve got the process down to perfection

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