Queer Jews to be Honored at the JUF Annual Meeting

Ellie Spitz and Michael Oxman among young Jewish leaders and professionals to be honored at Federation Business Meeting


(From left) Rachel Stein, Michael Oxman, Julie Brodsky and Ellie Spitz.


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Prior to the Jewish Federation’s Annual Meeting at noon Monday, Sept. 18, at the Hyatt Regency Chicago, 151 E. Wacker Drive, the Federation will hold its Business Meeting and Members’ Forum at 10 a.m., which will feature the presentation of the Samuel A. Goldsmith Young Professional Award and the Davis, Gidwitz & Glasser Young Leadership Award.

Michael Oxman and Rachel Stein will receive the Davis, Gidwitz & Glasser Young Leadership Award, presented to volunteers age 40 and under who have demonstrated exemplary dedication and have made significant contributions to Chicago’s Jewish community.

Julie Brodsky and Ellie Spitz will receive the 30th annual Samuel A. Goldsmith Young Professional Award, honoring Jewish professionals whose exemplary performance in their work at a Jewish agency in the Chicago area has benefited the entire Jewish community.

Oxman, 33, served on the JUF Young Leadership Division Board from 2013 to 2017, holding leadership positions that included President and Campaign Vice Chair, and helped spearhead the creation of YLD Pride. He is participating in the Wexner Heritage Program. A financial advisor at Morgan Stanley, and a partner of the Cohn Weisskopf Oxman Group, he graduated from Northwestern University, earning bachelor’s degrees in Economics and Political Science. Oxman was on the inaugural YLD-Oy!Chicago “36 Under 36” list of outstanding Chicago Jewish leaders in 2012.

Spitz, 28, is the Director of Community Engagement and Wellness at Mishkan Chicago. She graduated from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign with highest honors in Human Development and Family Studies, and dual minors in Sociology and Jewish Culture and Society. She received her master’s degree in Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis, and holds a certificate in Jewish Leadership from Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning & Leadership and Northwestern University. Read the full story on JUF News

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