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JUF and Oy!Chicago announce seventh annual Jewish “36 Under 36” list

The list shines a spotlight on the faces of Chicago's Jewish future and recognizes the amazing contributions of this generation.

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The Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago has announced the seventh annual "Double Chai in the Chi: 36 Under 36" list of young Jewish movers and shakers in Chicago. 

Check out the list and full bios online at:

Presented by the Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago's Young Leadership Division (YLD) and Oy!Chicago ( 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 distinction in the Jewish community and beyond. 

"The future of our Jewish community is in good hands with these 36 individuals. Like always, this year's list does not disappoint," said Stefanie Pervos Bregman, co-founding editor of Oy!Chicago. "This marks our seventh year of this initiative, and I'm always amazed at the innovative, philanthropic work that is happening right here in Chicago."

This year's list is replete with entrepreneurs, activists, fundraisers, and more, running the gamut from artists to rabbis, attorneys to social workers… and, well, the list goes on.

"Year after year we see such a driven group who are both leaders in their professions, and doing amazing things to build a stronger and more unified Jewish community here in Chicago," said Alex Entratter, current YLD campaign chair and former honoree. "To see so many people creating new opportunities that better our community is truly inspiring. This is just the beginning of a bright future for these individuals and the community they are impacting."

Donations to JUF of up to $36 in recognition of a 36 under 36 honoree will be matched in full, doubling the impact and benefit to those in need in the community. Learn more and donate at

Full profiles of each honoree are available on the Oy!Chicago website. 

The 36 winners will be honored at YLD's "WYLD" party at 7 p.m. on Thursday, August 16 at Early Society/Chelsea Room, 221 N. Clark St. The party is open to the public. Tickets are available for $20 in advance or $30 at the door. $5 of each ticket will be donated to JUF's 2018 Annual Campaign to provide services for those in need. To register, visit

The full list of winners is as follows:

Matt Altstiel , 33, of Albany Park, Development Manager, hip-hop artist, and photographer. 

Amy Berger , 33, of Logan Square, Senior Development Manager and ADL Associate Board Member.  

Katie Berger , 31, of New East Side, freelance writer/producer and 2017 YLD Campaign Chair. 

Emily Berman Pevnick , 30, of Park West, Public Affairs Consultant and Jewish Community Relations Council Vice Chair. 

Allie Block , 25, of Lakeview, Event Coordinator at Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center. 

Hannah Bloom-Hirschberg , 35, of Lakeview, Program Coordinator and mentor for Jewish early childhood educators. 

Dan Brenner , 35, of Lakeview, Attorney and JCYS Board President.  

Zack Fertig , 28, of Greektown, Director at National Home Rentals and YLD Board Member. 

Caryn Fields , 32, of Gold Coast, Financial Advisor and JCYS Assistant Treasurer.  

Margaux Friend , 34, of Northbrook, Associate Executive Director at Lakeside Congregation.  

Amanda Greene , 31, of Old Town, Rabbi at Chicago Sinai Congregation. 

Danny Gutman , 29, of Noble Square, U.S. Holocaust Museum Chicago Next-Gen Board Member.  

Ari Hart , 36, of Evanston, Rabbi of Skokie Valley Agudath Jacob Synagogue.  

Lauren Henderson , 30, of Lakeview, Rabbi at Mishkan Chicago. 

Solly Kane , 29, of Evanston, Director of URJ camp Olin-Sang-Ruby Union Institute. 

Alison Karmin , 27, of Old Town, Physician Assistant and Vice President of YLD. 

Katie Keidan , 27, of Lakeview, Communications Liaison to Human Resources at NORC at UChicago. 

Brooke Kerendian , 31, of Streeterville, Attorney and Israel Bonds New Leadership Board Member. 

Nisa Kwall , 27, of Near North Side, Financial Advisor and JWI Young Women's and YLD board member. 

Jeremy Levin , 27, of Lakeview, Senior Strategy & Operations Analyst and Maot Chitim junior board founder. 

Sarah Levine-Miles , 32, of Ukrainian Village, psychotherapist and prenatal social worker. 

Rachel Levy , 34, of Printer's Row, resort National Accounts Director and Chair of CJE SeniorLife Associate Board. 

Jacqueline Lotzof , 34, of Highland Park, Real Estate Broker and JUF Young Women's Board Member.  

Jacob Mosbacher , 30, of West Ridge, Artist and community volunteer.  

Kasey Passen , 36, of Ravenswood, Associate Director of Hubs for OneTable. 

Brian Pogrund , 29, of Lakeview, Regional Manager at on-demand car-sharing provider Getaround. 

Blake Roter , 34, of Lincoln Park, Attorney and ADL Regional Board Member.  

Lindsey Seeskin , 32, of Lakeview East, Attorney and Anshe Emet Synagogue board member. 

Marc Sender , 35, of Vernon Hills, Teen Engagement Director for Chicago and Central Regions of USY. 

Jacob Shapiro , 30, of Near North Side, Investor and JFNA National Young Leadership Cabinet member.  

Marni Sommerfield , 27, of West Town, Assistant Director of Recreation and Summer Programming for Keshet. 

Andy Stein , 30, of Wrightwood Neighbors ,  Sustainability Team member Northwestern University. 

Ilya Trakhtenberg , 32, of Deerfield, Chairman of the JUF Russian Jewish Division Advisory Board. 

Aaron Tucker , 32, of West Town, CIO of real estate developer Tucker Development.

Ilan Tzadka , 34, of Chicago, co-founder of Lighthouse Investments and Hebrew newspaper marketing director.  

Sarah Weisberg Gaines , 35, of Highland Park, teacher and co-director of a children's library.  

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