36 Under 36: A Serious Party

The folks at the Pew Research Center likely didn’t poll these guys.

Last fall’s much-wept-over Pew survey of American Jewry revealed a community, especially the under-40 set, losing its moorings. The members of our seventh 36 Under 36 cohort are the minority report. On June 9, they gathered to celebrate and reflect.

These young innovators marry their faith and their Jewish values to action. And they do it in service to both the Jewish community and the wider world. They’re local, and they’re global, universalists and particularists. They help coordinate disaster relief in the Philippines and they launch gemachs in Washington Heights. They bring music, and a little joy, to a pediatric oncology ward in the Bronx and work to eradicate AIDS in Uganda. They make our grandparents’ Jewish food new (and cool!) again, and they “slam” Israel’s critics in poetry that packs a lyrical punch. You’ll notice a couple of new categories in this year’s crop: medicine and business. Perhaps this says something both about the 36ers’ entrepreneurial spirit (a hedge against a sluggish economy?) and their compassion and commitment to heal a broken world.

That Monday night was a good time, and a serious time. Kind of like the young folks it honored. We look forward to watching them and celebrating their further achievements in the years to come, and to inaugurating a new crop of inspiring leaders next year. See you in 2015.

We are proud to present this 7th annual edition with the State of Israel Bonds as sponsors in recognizing the importance of highlighlighting the creativity, commitmentt and accomplishments of the next generation of American Jewish trendsetters.


Pew Report

36 Under 36

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