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Pamela Hochwert

Pamela Hochwert

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Pamela started her involvement with the special needs community in middle school, when she became a counselor for Buddy Baseball - a Keshet program designed to bring inclusivity to sports - and she has remained dedicated to helping everyone reach their potential ever since. 

During the week, she brings her passion for helping students with special needs meet their goals in education and beyond to McKenzie Elementary School. She is an advocate for using technology to help students and analyze data to maximize their success.

Described as driven and compassionate, Pamela was nominated to the JUF Young Leadership Division (YLD) board this past year. Outside of JUF, Pamela has volunteered with Maot Chitim, the Lieberman Center for Health and Rehabilitation, the Jewish National Fund, and Respiratory Health Association. As part of Keshet's Junior Board, she is a top fundraiser for individuals with special needs. She also founded and remains active in Chicago's Na'amat chapter to support women, children, and Israel. 

AGE:
31

PRONOUNS:
She, Her, Hers

PRIMARY GIG:
Learning Behavior Specialist at McKenzie Elementary School

ON THE SIDE:
Aunt, Friend, Food Network Enthusiast

SOMETHING MOST PEOPLE DON’T KNOW ABOUT ME:
In 2007, I attended the Rubik's Cube Convention in Chicago. My fastest time for solving the Rubik's Cube was 1:17 seconds!

HOW YOU JEW IN CHICAGO:
I love to attend Shabbat dinners and volunteer with organizations such as Keshet, YLD, CJE and Maot Chitim. The only thing that I do not "Jew right" is that I do not like bagels and cream cheese. I would prefer a plain bagel – hold the lox and cream cheese!

A JEW WHO INSPIRES YOU:
My dad! He is the current president of our synagogue and very active in the Jewish community. He instilled in me a passion for volunteering and giving back to others.

YOUR BEST PIECE OF ADVICE:
The key to happiness is letting each situation be what it is instead of what you think it should be.

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