New York Times Features Lubavitch Matchmaker & Other Orthodox Jews in the News

New York Times Features Lubavitch Matchmaker & Other Orthodox Jews in the News


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Michael Eisenberg, Partner – Aleph, Returns to Forbes Midas List
A returnee to this year’s Midas List, Michael Eisenberg is an equal partner at Aleph, the firm he cofounded with Eden Shochat in 2013. Aleph has raised $330 million across two funds to invest in Israeli startups, with 17 portfolio companies including WeWork, the co-working company valued at $20 billion.

The Unorthodox Matchmaker
Yocheved Lerner-Miller is a matchmaker for Orthodox Jews who come from unorthodox backgrounds. “Look, the perfect boy from the top yeshiva and the perfect girl from the best seminary probably don’t need me,” she said, sitting inside Choco Latte, a kosher coffee shop in the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn. “I deal with divorced people. I deal with older singles who are already in their 30s, 40s, 50s and beyond. Sometimes they’re just people who somehow missed the boat, or they’re converts.”

For Passover, These Orthodox Jews Are Cooking On Live TV
For Rabbi Chaim Lazaroff of Houston, Texas, the kitchen is his happy place. That’s why, when he was asked to share a few Passover recipes on FOX 26 Houston, his local news station, he jumped at the opportunity (even though he doesn’t own a television).

Hasidic Yeshiva in Israel Combines Torah and General Studies
Fervently religious, studying Torah on a high level, and learning general studies: Meet Rabbi Menachem Bombach and the students of the Hassidic Midrasha in Beitar Ilit. The future is bright for these students and for all of Israel thanks to new institutions like this one established with great courage by Rabbi Bombach.

Israeli Chief Rabbi: Jews Have ‘Moral Obligation’ to Intervene in Syria
Israel’s Sephardic Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef on Sunday said Jews have “a moral obligation” to try and stop what he called the genocide taking place in Syria. “I have said in the past and I will say it again, what’s happening in Syria is genocide of women and children in its cruelest form, using weapons of mass destruction,” he said in a statement. “We have a moral obligation not to keep quiet and to try and stop this massacre.”

Anything But Robotic
For the 14 members of the Yeshiva University High School for Boys rookie robotics team, winning the New York City championship in the FIRST Tech Challenge absolutely was a dream come true. The team — Lionotics 2 — made history as the first yeshiva high school team ever to qualify for the FIRST Tech Challenge East Region Super-Regional Championship, held at Scranton University in Scranton, Pennsylvania. But the regional championship would take place March 16 to 18, with matches scheduled on Shabbat, which was out of the question for the Orthodox team.

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