The Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago has announced the third 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: http://www.oychicago.com/double-chai/default.aspx
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 the faces of 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 overwhelmed by both the volume and exceptionally high quality of the nominations this year,” said Stefanie Pervos Bregman, Founding Editor and Blogger-in-Chief for Oy!Chicago. “If this list is any indication, the future of Chicago’s Jewish community is incredibly bright.”
This year’s list is replete with entrepreneurs, activists, researchers, and more, including a chemist researching a cure for Hepatitis C, a camp director bringing Judaism to life for the next generation, and a young woman with Cerebral Palsy who started a playgroup for kids with physical disabilities – just to name a few.
“This is not just a list honoring those who have had tremendous professional, monetary, or business success – nor is it a reflection of observance or participation in Judaism,” said Joe Seigle, former YLD president and one of last year’s winners. “This list reflects people who, through both their professional and philanthropic endeavors, make the Jewish community stronger and more vibrant.”
Full profiles of each honoree are available on the Oy!Chicago website.
The 36 winners will be honored at YLD’s “WYLD in Paris” party at 7 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 7 at Studio Paris, 59 W. Hubbard St., Chicago. The party is open to the public. Tickets are available for $20 in advance or $30 at the door. To register, visit http://www.juf.org/yld/wyld_paris.aspx 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:
Joel Bennett, 31, Director of Operations at B'nai Brith Beber Camp
Sara Block, 31, Advocate for victims of domestic violence
Adam Braun, 32, Member of the Illinois Holocaust and Genocide Commission
Daniel Caspi, 34, Chemist researching a cure for Hepatitis C
Claire Denton-Spalding, 26, Immigration Reform Advocate
Abe Friedman, 34, Rabbi reinvigorating Judaism for young adults
Aaron Galvin, 34, Real estate broker
Jonathan Glick, 35, Founder of the Chicago Real Estate Private Equity Network
Vicky Glikin, 35, Cantor at Congregation Solel
Asha Goldstein, 33, Jewish communal leader
Daniel Gorlin, 35, Chairman of the Board of MyJewishLearning
Aimee Halstuk, 26, Founder of 'Just Give Me a Chance' playgroup for children with physical disabilities
JulieHochstadter, 35, Urban biking activist
Tristan Hummel, 27, Curator and Project Manager at Chicago Loop Alliance
Benjamin Lachman, 32, Deaf Education advocate
Alyssa Latala, 34, "Big Tent" Judaism concierge
Avraham Mor, 34, Top Chicago lighting designer
Bob Morgan, 34, General Counsel for the Illinois Department of Public Health
Diana Peters, 33, Advocate for women's equality in manufacturing
Mandee Polonsky, 35, Education advocate
Abby Reiss-Carnow, 29, Mentor to adolescent refugee girls
Zvi Rhine, 34, Principal at Sabra Capital Partners
Shayla Rosen, 35, Founder of annual 'Soiree for Success: A Fundraiser to Fight MS'
Benji Rubin, 29, Special needs attorney
Tiger Safarov, 29, Entrepreneur
Daliah Saper, 33, Media and entertainment lawyer
Yoni Sarason, 29, Senior Director, Midwest Region for NEXT: A Division of Birthright Israel Foundation
Jackie Shiff, 31, Working to reduce youth violence
Jeremy Smith, 27, Entrepreneur
SarahSobotka, 31, Advocate for children with disabilities
Brian Taylor, 35, Entrepreneur
Alex Turik, 35, Leader in Chicago's Russian Jewish community
Katie Vogel, 28, Healthcare advocate and American Jewish World Service Global Justice Fellow
Eli Wald, 29, AIPAC Chicago Area Director
Annie Warshaw, 27, CEO and Founder, Smarty Pants Yoga Inc.
Rachel Zimmerman, 33, Coordinator of Project Shield at Jewish Child and Family Services