The 2013 “Double Chai in the Chi” List is Out!
Mazal tov to the 36 Jewish Chicagoans recently named to Double Chai in the Chi, a list that 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 notoriety in the Jewish community and beyond.
We’re especially proud of the seven Reform-affiliated individuals who were named to the list and cited their Reform connections as an integral piece of their Jewish identities.
- Aaron Frazin, 23, is the founder and CEO of Charlie Contacts Corp, a mobile app that gives savvy professionals the 411 on the person they are about to meet with. Aaron says he was moved by his experiences volunteering with his family at the InspirationCafe, attending high school in Israel, and serving as a counselor at OSRUI, and he is deeply committed to giving back to the community both at home and abroad.
- Rabbi Ari Moffic, 37, was ordained by Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion and now serves as the director of InterfaithFamily/Chicago, empowering people in interfaith relationships to engage in Jewish life and make Jewish choices. She is married to another rabbi, Rabbi Evan Moffic, the senior rabbi at Congregation Solel in Highland Park, who was a 2012 Double Chai honoree!
- Allison Rosenfeld, 27, is an advisor/educator for Jewish Student Connection programs in public high schools around Chicago, facilitating programs that empower high school students to explore what Jewish means to them. She is also active at North Shore Congregation Israel, a reform synagogue in Glencoe, IL, where she is a member of Beyond and Back, the syangogue’s group for young professionals.
- Joe Seigle, 30, is a real estate developer who also serves as the incoming president of the Jewish United Fund’s Young Leadership Division and is a member of the Next Generation Board of the U.S. Holocaust Museum. He describes himself as a “passionate supporter of OSRUI summer camp.”
- Naomi Shapiro, 34, is the North American Director of Shorashim, where she facilitates pivotal Israel experiences and educational opportunities for teens and young adults from around the Chicago area. Of her time at reform Jewish summer camp, she says, “Because I grew up in a small Jewish community in Champaign, spending time in Israel and at summer camp at OSRUI were incredibly important to me in feeling part of the global Jewish community.”
- Rachel Stein, 36, serves on the Jewish United Fund’s Young Women’s Board, the JCC Women’s Auxiliary Board, and the Family Service of Glencoe Board. Holding a Master’s in Child Development, she previously ran the early childhood program at the Mayer-Kaplan JCC and teaches parenting classes at her reform synagogue, North Shore Congregation Israel.
- Logan Zinman, 26, is the Regional Director of Youth Engagement for NFTY’s Chicago Area Region and will serve on the faculty of URJ OSRUI this summer. She works and connects with hundreds of teens year-round to help create events and programs that foster leadership development and Jewish identity. She also she raises funds for the American Cancer Society and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
Double Chai in the Chi is presented by the Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago’s Young Leadership Division (YLD) and Oy!Chicago, an outreach website for Chicago 20- and 30-somethings. Read more about all 36 people named to the list at OyChicago.com.