Alina, 27, is a member of Jewish Family Experience and Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple. Professionally, she’s the national industrial engineer for Nestle, but after hours she volunteers with Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters, Greater Cleveland STEM Foundation and Fairmount Young Professionals. Driven by the Jewish experience, the Beachwood resident said her biggest mentors are Sherita Sage and Ruchi Koval. Drawing from those relationships, she hopes to inspire those she interacts with in the same way.
What are your hobbies?
Traveling, volunteering, cooking, baking, hiking and watching Penn State football.
What is one Jewish experience of yours that stands out over others?
Hosting my first Shabbat dinner in Cleveland was one of my favorite experiences. My friend and I had a challah baking party Thursday night and then hosted over 20 people for Shabbat dinner. Thanks to the help from OneTable, I was able to create a welcoming environment for new friends. It was so much fun and has inspired me to host more.
Why did you choose Cleveland?
A new job brought me to Cleveland, but the engaging community has kept me here.
If you were the mayor of Cleveland, what would be your highest priority?
My highest priority would be to maintain a safe and welcoming city.
What nonprofit organizations do you affiliate with beyond donating?
Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters, Greater Cleveland STEM Foundation, Fairmount Young Professionals and multi-generational committee at Fairmount Temple, Jewish Family Experience board member.
Do you have an Israel experience?
Yes, I have been to Israel twice. In high school, I went on a four-week adventure with NFTY. I hiked and slept in the Negev, volunteered at Save a Child’s Heart and explored the beautiful state of Israel. In college, I went to Israel on @akiva, a two-week program, where we focused on developing character and gaining a deeper understanding of Judaism.
What role does Judaism play in your everyday life?
Judaism has given me a strong moral foundation for living my best life and has brought me the people I love most.
Who are your mentors?
I wouldn’t be where I am today without the guidance of others. My parents are my strongest advocates, who taught me to always do the right thing. My sister inspires me everyday to reach my goals. Sherita Sage believed in me when no one else saw my potential. Ruchi Koval adds new perspective to a situation which encourages me to think differently.
What, if any, Jewish youth groups were you involved in?
I was involved in the National Federation of Temple Youth and my local youth group, senior youth at Temple Isaiah.
What was your first reaction when you learned you were selected as a 12 Under 36 honoree?
I was surprised and honored to be recognized by my community.
What did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be a math teacher.
Where and when was your bat mitzvah?
In 2005 at Temple Isaiah in Fulton, Md.
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Shoshana, 35, wanted to be a foreign diplomat or a doctor. But as the co-founder of Israel Medical Fund, the Congregation Alexander congregant…
David, 28, a litigation associate at Hahn Loeser & Parks LLP, incorporates Judaism into every facet of his life. The values instilled in h…
Justin, 35, who works in business development at Federal Equipment Co. lists philanthropy as one of his main hobbies. A member of B’nai Jeshur…
Ethan, 32, is CEO and president at MAGNET: The Manufacturing Advocacy and Growth Network, and loves spending time with his three daughters. Ot…
Kristin, 26, is a member of Temple Israel. Finding her niche as a law clerk at the Medina County Prosecutor’s Office, the Akron resident does …
Ari, 24, grew up wanting to play point guard for the New York Knicks. Though today he’s managing partner at the Green Block Group, Ari uses hi…
Gabrielle, 31, is associate counsel in the office of general counsel at Case Western Reserve University. Growing up in Cleveland and later lea…
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Jeremy, 35, grew up wanting to be a mathematician, a classical pianist and a rabbi. Though he’s an attorney at Spangenberg, Shibley & Libe…