The Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago has announced the second annual “Double Chai in the Chi: 36 Under 36” list of young Jewish movers and shakers in Chicago.
(The letters of the Hebrew word “Chai,” which means “life,” also represent the number 18.)
Check out the list online at www.oychicago.com/double-chai.
Presented by the JUF/Federation’s Young Leadership Division (YLD) and Oy!Chicago (www.oychicago.com) – an outreach website for Chicago 20- and 30-somethings – the list shines a spotlight on Chicago's Jewish future and recognizes the amazing contributions of this generation. The young professionals featured are noted for making a difference through their work, giving back in their free time, and earning notoriety in the Jewish community and beyond.
“We were blown away by the high quality of the nominees this year,” said Stefanie Pervos Bregman, Founding Editor and Blogger-in-Chief for Oy!Chicago. “The 36 people on this year’s list are truly shaping the landscape of the Jewish community and bringing innovative ideas to Chicago.”
This year’s list includes an owner of Manny’s Deli, the Chicago assistant director of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, the founder of the breast cancer awareness organization Bright Pink, a young rabbi reinvigorating Judaism, a Huffington Post technology blogger, and a movie critic for RedEye – just to name a few.
“This list is an excellent way to recognize the inspiring contributions of young leaders of the Chicago Jewish community and to bring awareness to their impressive accomplishments,” said Brandon Prosansky, one of last year’s winners. “Each of this year's 36 Under 36 has demonstrated the vision and dedication to not only make the List, but, more important, to make a difference.”
Full profiles of each honoree are available on the Oy!Chicago website.
The 36 winners will be honored at YLD’s “WYLD on MagMile” party at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 15, at Howells & Hood, 435 N Michigan Ave, Chicago. The party is open to the public. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door. To register, visit www.juf.org/yld or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Register early – last year’s party completely sold out!
The 36 named to this year’s list are:
Olga Abezgauz, 31, active leader for Chicago’s Russian Jewish community
Doug Adolph, 28, Director of Development at the Alzheimer’s Association and board member of the B’nai Brith Sports Lodge
Lindsay Avner, 30, Founder and CEO of the Bright Pink breast cancer awareness program
Steven Dyme, 22, Founder and owner of Flowers for Dreams, a socially conscious floral service
Karyn Bass Ehler, 35, civil rights attorney and founding board member of the Jewish Women’s Center
Leslie Fields, 31, Director of Policy for the Office of Illinois Governor
Aaron Frazin, 23, Founder, CEO of Charlie (www.charliehq.com), a business app developer, and Huffington Post tech blogger
Tziporah Gelman, 32, Founder, Frumba Chicago, a Zumba program geared toward Jewish women
Anton German, 28, Founder and CMO at BayRu, LLC, an online retailer selling U.S. goods to consumers in the former Soviet Union
David Goldenberg, 34, Consultant, JUF lay leader and former Hebrew school teacher and BBYO advisor
Adam Grossman, 33, raised more than $20 million in investment capital for Israel through the sales of Israel Bonds
Teri Herbstman, 27, Chicago Assistant Director of AIPAC
Gary Hirschberg, 34, V.P. at Goldman Sachs & Co., launched an international Jewish exchange program, served on the board of both International Hillel and Vanderbilt Hillel
Scott Issen, 34, President & CEO of the Future Founders Foundation
Jen Leemis, 34, Senior Manager of Brand Marketing at Cars.com, JUF lay leader and 2013 winner of JUF’s Davis, Gidwitz & Glasser Young Leadership Award
Marc Levy, 28, research analyst, activist in the Anti-Defamation League’s Glass Leadership Institute
Rabbi Ari Moffic, 36, Director of InterfaithFamily/Chicago
Matt Pais, 30, RedEye movie critic and music editor
Gregory Pekarsky, 28, Owner/Broker, Vesta Preferred, LLC, and named one of REALTOR® Magazine’s 30 under 30
Lindsay Pinchuk, 33, President and Founder of Bump Club and Beyond
Brian Price, 29, C.O.O. of Mesirow Financial’s Investment Banking Group, founding member and chair of the Simon Wiesenthal Center's Young Associate Committee, and active member of the Standard Club Board of Directors
Daniel Raskin, 30, Vice President at Manny's Cafeteria and Delicatessen
Amy Ravit Korin, 34, Community Manager Lead at Google and founder of interactiveAmy Social Media Consulting
Matthew Rissien, 26, created an original Purim rap music video that has more than 18,000 views on YouTube
Allison Rosenfeld, 27, Educator/Advisor at the Jewish Student Connection
Stacy Rudd, 30, Director of Academic Affairs for the Consulate General of Israel to the Midwest
David Meir Russo, 28, Rabbi, Anshe Emet Synagogue
Joe Siegle, 30, commercial real estate developer, President of YLD Board at JUF, and board member at River North Chicago Dance Company and Next Generation
Naomi Shapiro, 34, North American Director of Shorashim
Rachel Stein, 36, Serves on JCC's Women's Auxiliary Board, Family Service of Glencoe's Board, and JUF's Young Women's Board and Executive Board
Lisa Stoller, 26, Development Associate and Event Planner for Chicago Appleseed Fund for Justice and founder of the Chicago chapter of I AM THAT GIRL
Claire Sufrin, 35, Northwestern lecturer, innovative Jewish scholar and educator
Adam Tarantur, 30, commercial real estate broker, active on the Executive Board of Directors for the Jewish Council for Youth Services (JCYS)
Shelly Weiss, 28, Genetic Counselor/Regional Medical Specialist, promotes awareness and empowerment of hereditary conditions to Ashkenazi Jews
Jeff Wurtzel, 35, Brand Manager at the Wrigley Company, a Subsid iary of Mars, Inc., and one of the American Jewish Committee’s youngest board members
Logan Zinman, 26, Regional Director of Youth Engagement for NFTY’s Chicago Area Region