Young Jewish leaders, professionals to be honored at Federation Business Meeting

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(From left) Rachel Stein, Michael Oxman, Julie Brodsky and Ellie Spitz.

Prior to the Jewish Federation's Annual Meeting at noon Monday, Sept. 18, at the Hyatt Regency Chicago, 151 E. Wacker Drive, the Federation will hold its Business Meeting and Members' Forum at 10 a.m., which will feature the presentation of the Samuel A. Goldsmith Young Professional Award and the Davis, Gidwitz & Glasser Young Leadership Award.

Michael Oxman and Rachel Stein will receive the Davis, Gidwitz & Glasser Young Leadership Award, presented to volunteers age 40 and under who have demonstrated exemplary dedication and have made significant contributions to Chicago's Jewish community.

Oxman, 33, served on the JUF Young Leadership Division Board from 2013 to 2017, holding leadership positions that included President and Campaign Vice Chair, and helped spearhead the creation of YLD Pride. He is participating in the Wexner Heritage Program. A financial advisor at Morgan Stanley, and a partner of the Cohn Weisskopf Oxman Group, he graduated from Northwestern University, earning bachelor's degrees in Economics and Political Science. Oxman was on the inaugural YLD-Oy!Chicago "36 Under 36" list of outstanding Chicago Jewish leaders in 2012.

Stein, 40, serves as Board Advisor for JUF's Young Women's Board, after just finishing her term as President. She also serves on the JUF Community Building and Jewish Continuity Commission, and participates in the Wexner Heritage Program. She graduated from the University of Michigan with a bachelor's degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education, and received a master's degree in Child Development from The Erikson Institute. She was named a YLD-Oy!Chicago "36 Under 36" honoree in 2013. 

Davis, Gidwitz & Glasser Award honorees have the opportunity to attend the annual General Assembly of the Jewish Federations of North America, which this year takes place in Los Angeles Nov. 12-14.

Julie Brodsky and Ellie Spitz will receive the 30th annual Samuel A. Goldsmith Young Professional Award, honoring Jewish professionals whose exemplary performance in their work at a Jewish agency in the Chicago area has benefited the entire Jewish community.

Brodsky, 40, is the Assistant Vice President of Young Family Engagement at JUF. A lead member of the JUF Young Families staff, she oversees jBaby Chicago, JUF's outreach and engagement program geared to new parents and parents with children ages 0-2. She is a member of the Beber Camp Alumni Association Executive Committee, and graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education and a Jewish Studies Certificate. 

Spitz, 28, is the Director of Community Engagement and Wellness at Mishkan Chicago. She graduated from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign with highest honors in Human Development and Family Studies, and dual minors in Sociology and Jewish Culture and Society. She received her master's degree in Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis, and holds a certificate in Jewish Leadership from Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning & Leadership and Northwestern University. 

The business meeting will begin at 10 a.m. and is free to attend. It will be followed by a lunch session featuring speaker Dr. Daniel Gordis, the annual State of the Federation report, presentation of the Julius Rosenwald Memorial Award to Theodore F. Perlman; and special reports. Luncheon charge is $45 per person; $25 for senior citizens, rabbis, Jewish communal professionals, and students. 

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