Nine UI Alumni named to “Double Chai in the Chi: 36 Under 36” list

University of Illinois alumni Benjamin Lachman, 32, Alyssa Latala, 34, Bob Morgan, 34, Diana Peters, 33, Zvi Rhine, 34, Benji Rubin, 29, Daliah Saper, 33, Jeremy Smith, 27, and Eli Wald, 29, have been named to the third annual “Double Chai in the Chi: 36 Under 36” list of young Jewish movers and shakers in Chicago.

(The letters of the Hebrew word “Chai,” which means “life,” also represent the number 18.)

Check out the full list online.

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—the list 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 were overwhelmed by both the volume and exceptionally high quality of the nominations this year,” said Stefanie Pervos Bregman, Founding Editor and Blogger-in-Chief for Oy!Chicago. “If this list is any indication, the future of Chicago’s Jewish community is incredibly bright.”

“This is not just a list honoring those who have had tremendous professional, monetary, or business success – nor is it a reflection of observance or participation in Judaism,” said Joe Seigle, former YLD president and one of last year’s winners. “This list reflects people who, through both their professional and philanthropic endeavors, make the Jewish community stronger and more vibrant.”

Full profiles of each honoree are available on the Oy!Chicago website.

The JUF/Federation is one of the largest nonprofit social welfare institutions in Illinois. The organization funds a vital network of agencies that act upon core Jewish values, including caring for people in need and sustaining the Jewish community.