Baltimore-Born Rabbi Makes Chicago List

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Rabbi Zev Eleff (File photo)
Rabbi Zev Eleff (File photo)

Rabbi Zev Eleff, 30, was named to Oy!Chicago and The Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago’s Young Leadership Division’s fifth annual “Double Chai in the Chi: 36 under 36,” a list recognizing young professionals in the Chicago area. The Pikesville native and Yeshivat Rambam graduate is the chief academic officer at Chicago’s Hebrew Theological College and a board member of the Chicago Jewish Historical Society, and lectures at several schools and synagogues in the Chicago

“This honor is especially meaningful, given the other exceptional women and men voted to Jewish Chicago’s ‘36 Under 36,’” he said via email. “More than anything else, this is a credit to the wonderful family and teachers that invested so much in me, beginning in my earliest stages in Baltimore and the Yeshivat Rambam community.”


The list included entrepreneurs, activists, fundraisers, youth group advisors, attorneys and pediatric neurologists.

“I get excited when the list comes out every July to see what other young Jewish adults are doing to help make the future of our community better,” Michael Waitz, incoming Young Leadership Division board member and a former award winner, said in a  news release. “From rabbis to entrepreneurs, the thing that’s really remarkable is that the  list includes young Jewish  professionals from different backgrounds that are making an impact.”

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