Three Queer Jews Made it to Chicago’s Jewish 36 Under 36 list

Alex Entratter, Ben Halbig and Jamie Greenbaum, all members of YLD Pride, made it to the 2017 annual Chicago’s Jewish 36 Under 36 list.

The list, selected by a joint Oy!Chicago-YLD committee, aims to highlight talented, giving, forward-thinking Jewish young adults striving to make the world a better place.

Working as a funeral director at Weinstein & Piser Funeral Home, Jamie Greenbaum helps people feel at ease on one of the worst days of their lives, something she considers a privilege. The job also provides her opportunities for creativity in working with families to come up with a unique way to celebrate and honor their loved one’s life. “I think a whole lot of ‘giving back’ can be attributed to showing up,” Jamie says, “be it physically, financially, or supportively. Especially for LGBTQ Jews, seeing that consistency and base is important.” Read more about Jamie Greenbaum

Ben Halbig has a lot to be proud of. After becoming involved with JUF (and meeting his boyfriend) through YLD’s first LGBTQ LEADS group, he quickly caught the YLD leadership bug, taking on a series of positions, including on YLD’s Board of Directors, chairing a YLD Mission to Israel, serving as YLD vice president, and helping YLD continue to expand its offerings for Chicago’s LGBTQ community as YLD Pride chair. “I’d love to see our community become even more welcoming towards every kind of Jew,” Ben says, “no matter their race, sexual or gender identity, socio-economic status or whether they were born a Jew.” Read more about Ben

It was a JUF Birthright Israel trip four years ago that inspired Alex Entratter to dive into Jewish leadership opportunities in the Windy City. Today, Alex – a real estate broker – serves on JUF’s Young Leadership Division board as well as on the Chicago Next Generation Board of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. “I would be a happy man if Andy Cohen played me in a movie,” Alex laughs. “We may not look alike but, emotionally, he is my spirit animal. Plus, we’re both ‘Nice Jewish Boys’ who have really cute Jewish mothers, so we have a lot in common.” Read the interview with Alex