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The Apprentice: Vote for Lee and Win $30,000 for Yourself.


Real estate tycoon Donald Trump is set to announce Monday the winner of NBC's reality show The Apprentice, and the entire Jewish community is keeping its fingers "crossed" for Lee Bienstock, the American-Jewish finalist, who also holds an Israeli ID.

Bienstock is to compete in the final episode against Sean Yazbeck, a 33-year-old recruitment consultant of Lebanese origin.

At age 22, Bienstock is the youngest contestant ever to reach The Apprentice finals. He graduated from Cornell University with honors, where he received a B.S. in policy analysis and management.

While attending Cornell, he served as a teaching assistant for courses in entrepreneurship and management. Later He worked for Merrill Lynch, as a researcher of emerging markets.

But young Bienstock is much more than a brilliant businessman; he is also a "mensch." For example, he worked at a day treatment program for the mentally ill, volunteered at soup kitchens and taught fourth grade children in an inner-city school.

For their final exam, Bienstock and Yazbeck have each been required to lead a team that had to manage all business, creative, and logistical aspects of an enormous charity event. While Bienstock has been put in charge of managing the Pontiac/Celebrity Hockey Game at Chelsea Piers for the Leary Firefighters Foundation, Sean has been assigned to run the Pontiac/Barenaked Ladies concert at the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City to benefit the World Wildlife Fund.

"Lee grew up in the states, but his mother is an Israeli from the Jerusalem area," his Israeli cousin Yossi Levy said in an interview with Yedioth Ahronoth. "Lee's grandparents live in Raanana and he visits Israel every year. He also speaks fluent Hebrew."

Levy added that Bienstock refused to take part in episodes that were broadcast on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. "Everybody at The Apprentice production knows he's Jewish," he said. "It was problematic but they decided to keep him in. Trump himself phoned Lee's parents, now I hope that he will choose him. After all, it's Trump's call."

Want to help Lee win and possibly win $30,000 for yourself? Vote at NBC's web site

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Date:Jun 1, 2006
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