Double Chai in the Chi
You’ve probably heard of the New York Jewish Week‘s annual 36 Under 36 list, but now it’s the Windy City’s turn. Oy!Chicago has compiled its first “Double Chai in the Chi” list, naming 36 young Jews who are revolutionizing the way Chicago does Judaism. Their description of the list reads, “From innovative rabbis, to cancer survivors now helping others cope, to restaurant owners striving to make Chicago healthier, this city is full of young Jewish leaders, humanitarians, educators and social activists striving to make the world a better place each in their own unique way.”
We at the URJ are thrilled to see two of our colleagues on this great new list:
- Rabbi Evan Moffic leads Congregation Solel in Highland Park and is Beliefnet’s resident Jewish blogger. He’s married to Rabbi Arielle Poster Moffic, director of InterfaithFamily/Chicago. Rabbi Moffic, 34, says, “I try to be a role model for meaningful Jewish life. I try to study so I can be the best teacher I can, and to welcome others into Jewish life by meeting and engaging them where they are.”
- Beth Avner, 29, is Director of Education and Special Projects for NFTY who met her fiancé while each was pursuing a Master of Arts in Jewish Professional Studies. She’s a former temple youth adviser and ex-regional director for NFTY; she now trains and educates NFTY staff. Beth says she’s passionate about “advocating for teens as the ‘present’ of Reform Judaism. They are not only the future, they are here now and make important contributions no matter what their age!”
Mazel tov, Evan and Beth, on being named to this inaugural list of young Jews doing important things to strengthen and grow the Jewish community, both in Chicago and on the whole. We’re proud to call you part of the URJ family!