The Jewish Week's New "36 Under 36" List is Here!

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The Jewish Week's New "36 Under 36" List is Here!

Each year, the New York Jewish Week names 36 Jewish leaders under the age of 36 who are changing the face of the Jewish world. This year’s list was released today, and it features a few faces that are very familiar to those of us here at the Union for Reform Judaism! Let us kvell for a minute by highlighting them here, and then check out the entire list from the Jewish Week.

  • April Baskin, 31, is the URJ’s vice president of audacious hospitality. Her Jewish Week profile says, “Baskin comes to the position with the perspective of both an insider and an outsider. She was a mainstay at her synagogue, but was asked if she was Jewish when attending a Chabad dinner. Her father has been mistaken for the synagogue’s custodian. She also noted how at Hebrew school, ‘the kids from interfaith homes were always on the fringes. I want them to be a part of what I felt like I was experiencing,’ she said.” Read on for more about April and learn more about the URJ’s audacious hospitality work.
  • Evan Traylor, 21, is a recent college grad and a former NFTY North American president. Writes the Jewish Week, “Traylor was the first teenager to become a full-fledged member of the URJ Board of Trustees, and he’s quickly moving further. Upon graduating from the University of Kansas this year, where he connected with hundreds of Jewish students as an engagement intern for Hillel, he will assume the inaugural position of URJ Presidential Fellow on Millennial Engagement, working directly with President Rick Jacobs and other movement leaders.” Read Evan’s profile and learn more about his new role engaging Jewish millennials.                                                                                          
  • Pamela Schuller, 30, is a former URJ staffer whose personal experience with Tourette syndrome drives much of her work in the field of Jewish inclusion. The Jewish Week’s profile reads, “As until recently the Union for Reform Judaism’s inclusion specialist, she dealt mostly with the movement’s camps and youth groups, leading professional development seminars and consulting on ‘issues related to best practices in disability inclusion, LGBTQ inclusion and inclusion of teens grappling with mental health challenges.’ In her new job at the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services, she will manage a teen and mental health initiative.” Read more about Pamela, then visit the Disabilities Inclusion Center to learn more about the Reform Movement’s inclusion efforts.

URJ Biennial performer Michael Boxer, a member of a cappella group Six13, is also included. Check out the rest of the list on the Jewish Week's site.

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Kate Bigam Kaput is the assistant director of messaging and branding for the Union for Reform Judaism and, in this role, serves as a content manager and editor for A prolific essayist and lifestyle blogger, Kate's writing has been featured in The Washington PostEsquire, Woman's Day, Cleveland Magazine,, Jewish Women Archive, and more. Kate, who grew up at Temple Beth Shalom in Hudson, OH, holds a degree in magazine journalism and lives in Cleveland, OH, with her husband.

Kate Bigam Kaput

Published: 5/24/2016

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