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Jewish Chicago’s 36 Under 36
Jewish Chicago’s 36 Under 36
Spertus students, alumni, faculty members, and staff among the forward-thinking young adults paving the way for a
vibrant Jewish future.
On July 21, 36 Jewish professionals were recognized as part of the Double Chai in the Chi, an annual list of Jewish professional under age 36 who are paving the way for the future.
Presented by YLD (the Jewish Federation’s Young Leadership Division) and OyChicago.com (an online forum about up-and-coming Jewish people and ideas) the list recognizes the contributions of talented, forward-thinking young adults who strive to make the world a better place.
Honorees, nominated by their peers through an online submission process, include founders of innovative nonprofits, educators, business leaders, community connectors, advocates, and activists.
Spertus Institute is proud to be connected to many of the honorees. Tal Rosen is Director of the new Center for Jewish Leadership, launched by Spertus Institute in 2014. In this role, he promotes innovative and effective Jewish leadership through programs that strengthen the strategic agility of Jewish professionals and volunteers, in the Chicago area and beyond. He has also taken on management of Spertus Institute’s acclaimed Master of Arts in Jewish Professional Studies (MAJPS) program, now serving students in several US cities and in Canada and Israel.
Three MAJPS students are among the 36 honorees. Scott Frankel, who handles communications and videography for the iCenter for Israel Education, uses film to explore what it means to be a Jew today. While spending 10 months in Israel, Scott shot and directed his own documentary, From The Diaspora, about eight young Jews from six continents, telling their stories of making Aliyah (immigration of the Jewish people to Israel). Anna Gorbikoff is an educator and organizer who can often be found working on behalf of Chicago’s Russian Jewish community. Lia Lehrer, who will be graduating in August, is the Membership and Communications Director at Temple Jeremiah in suburban Northfield and a co-founder of Windy City Minyan.
Two graduates of the Certificate in Jewish Leadership, a program presented by Spertus Institute in partnership with Northwestern University, are also among the 36 Under 36. Aleeza Lubin, Director of Jewish Enrichment at BBYO International, helps teens find their Jewish voice and discover what aspects of Judaism are meaningful to them. Michael Waitz, North American Director at Shorashim, works to connect Jewish young adults to Israel and their Israeli peers. Certificate in Jewish Leadership program.
We are also honored to have two Spertus faculty members among those recognized: Jacob Cytryn, Director of Camp Ramah in Wisconsin, and David Perkel, a rabbi and attorney who teaches mediation and conflict resolution.
Congratulations to all selected. Read more at oychicago.com/36under36.