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Meet Michael H. Zaransky, 2020 Julius Rosenwald Memorial Award recipient

Celebrate Michael Zaransky at JUF's first-ever virtual Annual Meeting.

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On Sept. 17, Jewish Chicago will come together-just as it has throughout the COVID-19 crisis-for the Jewish Federation of Chicago's first-ever virtual Annual Meeting. Michael H. Zaransky, a longtime leader in Chicago's Jewish community, will receive the 57th annual Julius Rosenwald Memorial Award, the Jewish Federation's highest honor.

The award, presented each year at the Federation's Annual Meeting, goes to an individual who has demonstrated a lifetime of outstanding dedication and service to the Federation and the entire Jewish community. It is named for Julius Rosenwald, the iconic Chicago business leader and philanthropist of the early 1900s.

Zaransky has an extensive record of leadership both within and beyond Chicago's Jewish community. He chaired the JUF/Federation Board from 2016-2018, the JUF Annual Campaign in 2013, and has also chaired a wide range of JUF committees, as well as JUF's Real Estate/Building Trades Division.

Zaransky is a past president and lifetime board member of Congregation Beth Shalom in Northbrook and is a board member of the Michael Reese Health Trust and the National Multifamily Housing Council.  He's a member of the National Apartment Association, Urban Land Institute, and the Young Presidents Organization (YPO-Gold Chicago). In 2009, Zaransky received the Community Leadership Shin Award from the Jewish Theological Seminary, and he is a graduate of the Wexner Heritage Foundation program for Jewish Communal Leaders.

Professionally, Zaransky is founder and managing principal of MZ Capital Partners and Co-CEO of Prime Property Investors, Ltd. He has authored two books on commercial real estate investment and is a well-known industry speaker on real estate investment in multi-family properties.

He and his wife Barbara live in Northbrook. They have two children, a son-in-law and daughter in law, and five cherished grandchildren.

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