In the 10 months since we celebrated our inaugural class of 12 Under 36: Members of the Tribe last August, deadly attacks were carried out on Jewish communities in Pittsburgh and Poway, Calif. 

In the wake of those unspeakable tragedies, leaders emerged – not only in those western Pennsylvania and Southern California cities but in communities across the country, where synagogues, temples and Jewish institutions have been tasked with navigating new realities. 

While our community here in Northeast Ohio hasn’t faced the most heinous of tests, our region has long fostered the kind of leadership needed to confront such atrocities. And cut from that same cloth of leadership are those who step up to better our community on a day-to-day basis, in perhaps less noticeable yet no less important ways. 

Proof is all around us, and it’s my privilege and honor to be in a position to help highlight some of the youngest leaders among us. Please meet the second annual class of the Cleveland Jewish News and Ganley Subaru of Bedford’s 12 Under 36: Members of the Tribe.

We hope you’ll join us for this year’s celebration from 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 22 at The Venue at StoneWater in Highland Heights. 

By attending, you’ll get an up-close look at how the tradition of strong leadership in Northeast Ohio’s Jewish community is being carried forward. This collection of dynamic young professionals makes me – and should make you – excited about what the future holds for our community. 

Like last year, we received an abundance of community nominations, from which we selected 12 individuals – a number chosen as a nod to the 12 tribes of Israel – who we feel are making a difference. 

Whether in their congregation, at their workplace or in their neighborhood, and whether through volunteerism, philanthropy, advocacy or sheer hard work, these men and women’s personal and professional achievements lift up those around them and serve to further our community. 

And, not coincidentally, all 12 men and women selected demonstrate strong, principled leadership – the kind of leadership from which our Jewish community will benefit for generations to come. 

Kevin S. Adelstein is Publisher and CEO of the Cleveland Jewish News and President of the Cleveland Jewish Publication Company

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