10 Under 40

The activist: Casey Trupin

The activist: Casey Trupin

By Sarah Zaides, Special to JTNews Age: 39 Location: Capitol Hill Where to find him: @columbialgl_cyp When asked about his most important connection to Judaism, attorney Casey Trupin says without hesitation: Tikkun olam. To “repair the world” is a call to action Trupin lives by. As an attorney focusing on issues related to children, youth, and(…)

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The cooking prodigy: Sarah Rosenthal

The cooking prodigy: Sarah Rosenthal

By Tori Gottlieb, Special to JTNews Age: 18 Location: West Seattle Sarah Rosenthal has been cooking for as long as she can remember. The 18-year- old, who will graduate from West Seattle High School next week, says her love of cooking was sparked by growing up in a home where food played a huge role. “My(…)

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The scholar: Hannah Pressman

The scholar: Hannah Pressman

By Diana Brement, JTNews Columnist Age: 34 Location: North Seattle Where to find her: facebook.com/JewDub @jew_dub While a doctorate in Modern Hebrew literature may sound a bit obscure, it led Hannah Pressman to a career doing what she loves in the new field of digital Jewish studies. As communications coordinator for the Stroum Jewish Studies Program(…)

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The artist: Lauren Palmor

The artist: Lauren Palmor

By Erin Pike, Special to JTNews Age: 27 Location: Capitol Hill Where to find her: theartobject.blogspot.com “I have always been drawn to art, and museums have long been my favorite places,” says Lauren Palmor. “At a relatively young age, I learned that art history is the history of everything: The history of religion, ethics, society, technology,(…)

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The reJewvenator: Cantor Leah Elstein

The reJewvenator: Cantor Leah Elstein

By Emily K. Alhadeff, Associate Editor, JTNews Age: 37 Location: Tacoma Where to find her: On the bima at Temple Beth El Transforming Jewish life into something engaging and meaningful is at the forefront of every Jewish communal professional’s mind. When Leah Elstein arrived in Tacoma three years ago, fresh out of cantorial school, to lead(…)

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The community builder: Amy Paquette

The community builder: Amy Paquette

By Joel Magalnick, Editor, JTNews Age: 38 Location: Marysville Where to find her: jewishinseattle.org If anyone can point to how the first five years of a child’s life sets the tone for his or her Judaism, that person is Amy Paquette. “My mother died when I was 5, and my dad died when I was 12.(…)

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The lunch lady: Venessa Goldberg

The lunch lady: Venessa Goldberg

By Diana Brement, JTNews Columnist Age: 30 Location: Central District How to find her: www.howpicklegotoutofajam.com Twitter: @pickleandjam So, how does a pickle get out of a jam? Hopefully in the kitchen of Venessa Goldberg, where she prepares unique pickles and jams that go in and alongside the dishes she will be serving from her catering truck,(…)

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The good-maker: Rachael Byer Kwong

The good-maker: Rachael Byer Kwong

By Dikla Tuchman, JTNews Correspondent Age: 34 Location: Bellevue Where to find her: At JFS’s Capitol Hill offices When Rachael Byer Kwong first joined Jewish Family Service working with the disabled community, she was the youngest full-time employee with the organization. Nearly 15 years later, she can look around and see a program and community that(…)

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The startup guy: Dan Shapiro

The startup guy: Dan Shapiro

By Dikla Tuchman, JTNews Correspondent Age: 38 Location: Green Lake Where to find him: danshapiro.com Facebook: facebook.com/shapiro.dan Twitter: @danshapiro On paper, Dan Shapiro looks like many other guys who graduated from a high-ranking math and science university in the late “˜90s and got a job out of college at Microsoft. But five years later, his career(…)

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The storyteller: Brian Rohr

The storyteller: Brian Rohr

By Gwen Davis, JTNews Correspondent Age: 35 Location: Port Townsend Where to find him: brianrohr.com Many of our stories and news updates come from Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and other postmodern entertainment institutions. However, humans will always gravitate toward classic stories and storytellers — Facebook need not apply. Brian Rohr, a storyteller living in Port Townsend, does(…)

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The Pulitzer Prize winner

The Pulitzer Prize winner

By Emily K. Alhadeff, Associate Editor, JTNews Eli Sanders Age: 34 Website: elisanders.net Twitter: @elijsanders Personal philosophy: “I would love to have the time to figure out my personal philosophy.” Last June, I happened to pick up a copy of The Stranger and opened to a story called “The Bravest Woman in Seattle.” I couldn’t put(…)

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The lonely man of rap

The lonely man of rap

By Emily K. Alhadeff, Associate Editor, JTNews Nissim Black Age: 25 Twitter: @mash340 It’s hard to believe Nissim Black, sitting across from me at Café Vita in Seward Park, is the same person as D. Black — the D. Black whose parents pioneered Seattle’s rap scene, who was mentored by legendary Vitamin D, who was described(…)

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It’s all Greek to him. Really.

It’s all Greek to him. Really.

By Diana Brement, JTNews Columnist Devin Naar, Assistant Professor Age: 29 Reading: “A lot of esoteric stuff” as well as “Eating Animals” by Jonathan Safran Foer Inspired by: Our local Sephardic community Professor Devin Naar’s enthusiasm is palpable and contagious, even over the phone. The University of Washington’s Marsha & Jay Glazer Assistant Professor in Jewish(…)

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The sandwich environmentalist

The sandwich environmentalist

By Emily K. Alhadeff, Associate Editor, JTNews Ben Friedman Age: 26 Twitter: @homegrownian Personal philosophy: “Work hard, play hard.” The sandwich: Stuff of nostalgia, epitomizer of simplicity, even — one could argue — America’s “poor man’s food.” Pull almost anything out of the fridge, slap it between two pieces of bread, and lunch is served. And(…)

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The fashionista

The fashionista

By Joel Magalnick, Editor, JTNews Jessica Piha Age: 30 Twitter: @jvpmedia The secret to her success: “Keep on hustlin’. I just don’t take no for an answer.” You might not know Jessica Piha’s name, but Elizabeth Hurley does. So does Isabelle Fuhrman, who played Clove in “The Hunger Games.” Fashionista Piha has made a name for(…)

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The fine food forager

The fine food forager

By Diana Brement, JTNews Columnist Andrea Lott, author Age: 31 Reading: The second Hunger Games book, “Catching Fire,” and a lot of magazines. Inspiration: “People who are passionate about [something] and acting on it.” If you are a foodie, or even if you just like food, you will probably envy Andrea Lott. The author of “Dining(…)

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The one-man show

The one-man show

By Emily K. Alhadeff, Associate Editor, JTNews Rabbi Zalman Heber Age: 34 Personal philosophy: “To be partners with God and to make the world a better place.” He just built a huge new Jewish center in Tacoma, but why stop there? Two weeks after the ribbon-cutting ceremony, Rabbi Zalman Heber already has his sights set on(…)

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The guy who does everything

The guy who does everything

By Dikla Tuchman, Arts Editor, JTNews Zach Duitch Job: Program director at the Stroum Jewish Community Center Age: 34 His vision: To have 1,000 campers and operate on a $1 million budget for the Stroum JCC’s camps program. What does the program director do? A whole lot more than you’d assume from the simple title. The(…)

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What comes next

What comes next

By Joel Magalnick, Editor, JTNews Elizabeth Siegel Age: 39 What she’s reading: A Rick Steves guidebook to Croatia, where she’ll be traveling this summer. Words she lives by, in particular when it comes to religion, according to her grandmother: “If you’re smart, you’ll take a little bit from here and a little bit from there, and(…)

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Future dentists of America, donate!

Future dentists of America, donate!

By Joel Magalnick, Editor, JTNews Hannah and Zachary Robin Ages: 17 and 14 Healthy teeth make healthy people. That’s long been the mantra of Hannah Robin, founder of the nonprofit organization 2thfairy.org. “It could be a life or death situation if you lose teeth,” Hannah says. “Eventually [your] gums will get infected, [which can] lead to(…)

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