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CJP is proud to announce the 2018 Chai in the Hub honorees! These 10 young adults are doing amazing things personally and professionally to better Greater Boston’s Jewish community.

Nominated by their peers, friends, and colleagues, this group of under-45ers is shaking up the scene with style. You can meet them in person and hear from our hilarious, sharp-tongued keynote speaker, Curb Your Enthusiasm and Broad City actress and comedian Susie Essman, on Saturday, February 3, at the Royal Sonesta Boston. For now, check out their bios below!

Emily Cable

Occupation: Global Health / International Development Professional
Describe your career in one sentence:
I work on global public health projects, mostly implemented in sub-Saharan Africa. We seek to improve health systems and health outcomes for the world's most vulnerable populations.
What is your favorite non-work activity?
Traveling.
What organizations are you involved with?
  • CJP's Boston-Haifa Young Leadership Committee
  • CJP's Strategic Israel Engagement's Project Inspire
  • Co-chair, CJP's Israel360
  • CJP's Young Leadership Committee
  • Birthright Israel Fellows
  • Birthright Israel Foundation
What inspires you to give back?
I've been blessed throughout my life to receive many unique opportunities, particularly through the Jewish community. These opportunities greatly impacted my life and inspire me to give back with the hope of impacting other's lives and expressing gratitude.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
10 years ago, I couldn't have predicted I'd be here, so who can say where I’ll be in 10 more? I’m sure I will still be active in the Jewish community and committed to improving health for populations around the world.

Jillian Cameron

Occupation: Rabbi, Director of InterfaithFamily/Boston
Describe your career in one sentence:
Providing access and giving permission for anyone to explore Judaism, especially those in interfaith, intercultural, or diverse relationships and families.
What is your favorite non-work activity?
Currently, spending time near the ocean for a bit of perspective and continuing to learn Norwegian.
What organizations are you involved with?
  • InterfaithFamily
  • Jewish Arts Collaborative
  • Sunday School for Jewish Studies
  • The MEM Project
  • Jewish Community Center (JCC)
  • The Vilna Shul, Boston's Center for Jewish Culture
  • Mayyim Hayyim Living Waters Community Mikveh and Education Center
  • Epstein Hillel School
  • JewishBoston
  • Hebrew College
  • CJP
  • Reform Jewish Outreach Boston
  • Jewish Discovery Institute
What inspires you to give back?
Everyone I have the privilege to meet and work with inspires me to give back and keep doing the work I am doing. Every time I see the relief and joy in someone's eyes, someone who may have not felt welcome in the Jewish community, every sacred moment in someone's life of which I am fortunate to be a part, every story I am told, inspires me over and over again.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I hope to always be doing the work of welcoming and celebrating, of being a conduit to Judaism. In 10 years, I hope to have collected more stories and helped to weave them into the ever-growing, ever-evolving, increasingly diverse Jewish tapestry.

Mike Fishbein

Occupation: Assistant Director of Education, Temple Israel of Boston
Describe your career in one sentence:
I help people learn, find meaning, connect, and become more engaged citizens of the world.
What is your favorite non-work activity?
Cooking and eating with friends and family.
What organizations are you involved with?
  • Temple Israel of Boston
  • The Tent at Temple Israel of Boston
  • CJP's Boston-Haifa Connection
  • Keshet
  • The Boston Teacher's Union School
  • Boston American Heart Association, Multicultural Leadership Committee
What inspires you to give back?
I'm very attached to the idea that Israel means "God wrestler," which means to me that we should always be striving to embrace complexity, to act more justly, to relate more genuinely — and that this stuff is hard work. So, I'm inspired by people who pick tough, righteous fights, work with complicated ideas, gather people together, and really do the work.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Taking deep breaths while my kids are thinking about what will follow high school. Being a proud father and spouse, trying to do the best I can at those most-important jobs. Hopefully still working with outstanding educators and young people, encouraging the world to be its best self.

Shmaya Friedman

Occupation: Rabbi and Associate Director of Chabad of the North Shore
Describe your career in one sentence:
Providing meaningful Jewish experiences to people from all walks of life.
What is your favorite non-work activity?
I probably shouldn’t be saying this around these parts but… anything Knicks/Giants/Yankees/Rangers!
What organizations are you involved with?
  • Chabad of the North Shore
  • Camp Gan Israel of the North Shore
  • Jew Crew
  • 1Mitzvah
  • Jewish Kids Club
What inspires you to give back?
The mystical teachings of Chabad Chassidut. Particularly, its clarion call to “bring heaven down to earth”, one mitzvah at a time.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Brainstorming innovative ways for Jews of all ages to reclaim their Judaism.

Jonathan Golden

Occupation: History Teacher at Gann Academy
Describe your career in one sentence:
I strive to prepare the next generation through democratic education and Jewish pluralism.
What is your favorite non-work activity?
I can't pick just one: traveling with my family and rooting for Arsenal in the English Premier League.
What organizations are you involved with?
  • Gann Academy
  • Board member, AJC New England
  • Board member, Camp Yavneh
  • Temple Beth Zion, Brookline
  • CJP/Gann, Israel adult education initiative
What inspires you to give back?
I am the beneficiary of the Jewish Renaissance in Boston that Barry Shrage initiated three decades ago. It started with a strong foundation in the Worcester Jewish community and continued through 13 summers at Camp Yavneh and graduate studies at Hebrew College and Brandeis University. So much has been instilled in me by those institutions and countless mentors — particularly the ideals of Jewish pluralism and the love of teaching and learning.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
My heart, head, and hands will continue to do the work of Jewish pluralism, Israel education, and democratic education in both professional and lay leadership capacities.

Samantha Joseph

Occupation: Business and Social Impact Consultant
Describe your career in one sentence:
I am a private and public sector leader who has worked to drive social change by helping companies create a more inclusive workplace, support their communities, and reduce their environmental footprints.
What is your favorite non-work activity?
Jumping out of perfectly good airplanes.
What organizations are you involved with?
  • Board member, Samaritans
  • Board member, Jewish Community Relations Council
  • New Politics Academy
  • Harvard Kennedy School Israel Caucus
  • AJC Global Advocacy Fellow
  • CJP
What inspires you to give back?
As the daughter of a rabbi, the words heard most often in my home were "tikkun olam" — an obligation, not a choice — that each of us has to repair the world. My commitment to social justice is shaped by my family.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I will be continuing to scale my impact through my career and my leadership in the community. I imagine myself working in Washington, D.C., for a female president who is dedicated to creating a country that is more inclusive and equitable. I will be an active member of my Jewish community. I will be living alongside the refugees I met in Greece, helping ensure their children will have opportunities to thrive. I will be planning my next adventure and will spend my weekend jumping out of airplanes.

Rachel Miller Munzer

Occupation: Restaurant Owner
Describe your career in one sentence:
I am a small business owner, working in the restaurant business (against my better judgement!), fulfilled daily by being an employer and serving people warm food in warm environments.
What is your favorite non-work activity?
I know it is so cliché... but really it is hanging out with my family, eating, dancing, playing games, reading, and laughing together.
What organizations are you involved with?
  • East Cambridge Business Association
  • Jewish Arts Collaborative
  • Kendall Square Association
  • Girl Scouts of America
  • Temple Ohabei Shalom
  • East End House, Cambridge
What inspires you to give back?
I want to share experiences and opportunities with other people, either those less fortunate, or those with varied backgrounds that could benefit from learning or growing in a new way. Also, my parents were always generous with their time and commitment to many causes important to them, from arts to social justice to Judaism (A good Jewish girl never wants to let her parents down!).
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I don't know where I see myself in 10 years. What I do know is that I have been recently inspired by people who make career changes at a "later" point in life (now that I AM 40... I am thinking post-40!). I keep that thought in my mind as we focus on continuing to grow and settle into our businesses; I look forward to a less frenetic time with older children, established restaurants, and time for more focus on outside interests like volunteerism.

Leah Robins

Occupation: Government Affairs, MA Department of Children and Families
Describe your career in one sentence:
Bringing diverse groups of people together to develop and implement a more sustainable and equitable future.
What is your favorite non-work activity?
Baking, and then sharing the results with friends and family.
What organizations are you involved with?
  • Board member, Jewish Community Relations Council
  • Co-chair, Jewish Community Relations Council's ReachOut!
  • Temple Beth Shalom of Cambridge
  • Tremont Street Shul
What inspires you to give back?
I feel like it might be admitting a dirty secret to say this, but a big inspiration for giving back is that it really is so much fun! I love being part of community and learning from — and with — an incredible group of people.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Making a deep dent in the ever-growing stack of books I want to read, and having perfected the art of making amazing lunches for the work week.

Zachary Wainwright

Occupation: Investment Management
Describe your career in one sentence:
I work at non-profit that helps other non-profits invest their endowments.
What is your favorite non-work activity?
I love to relax with my fiancé, Marissa, and our dog, Wrigley.
What organizations are you involved with?
  • CJP
What inspires you to give back?
I am inspired by my parents, who have always led by example by giving as much time and money as they could. They instilled in my brother and me a strong commitment to give back to our communities, and we are honored to carry on their legacy of giving.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
In 10 years, I hope to have a beautiful family with my future wife, Marissa, and to still be pursing my passion for investing.

Carine Warsawski

Occupation: Founder, Trybal Gatherings
Describe your career in one sentence:
Reimagining the way young adults gather by hosting "Jewish summer camp for adults" weekends nationally.
What is your favorite non-work activity?
Fire Pit Fridays with friends, wine, and homemade challah.
What organizations are you involved with?
  • Wexner Graduate Fellowship
  • ROI Community
  • Bates College admissions
  • The iCenter
What inspires you to give back?
The Jewish community has shaped my identity, fueled my sense of purpose, and enriched me with extraordinary mentors and friends. From spending a year of high school in Israel to summers at camp, leading dozens of Jewish tours worldwide to creating a new movement for young adults, the most transformative moments of my life were rooted in a sense of belonging to Jewish peoplehood.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
In 10 years, I hope to still be waking up every morning with the drive to create exciting and meaningful opportunities that make people love being Jewish. I aspire to have found a multi-faceted answer to the evolving needs of the next generation of Jews within a complex Jewish landscape.


Congratulate the Honorees in Person

 

CHAI IN THE HUB

Saturday, February 3, 2018 | 7:30 p.m.
Royal Sonesta Boston
40 Edwin H. Land Boulevard
Cambridge