Jeremy Tor

Jeremy Tor with his family. 

Jeremy, 35, grew up wanting to be a mathematician, a classical pianist and a rabbi. Though he’s an attorney at Spangenberg, Shibley & Liber LLP, the Shaker Heights resident said he has worked aspects of his dreams into reality. A member of Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple, Jeremy said growing up Jewish drives his moral and ethical awareness. As an adult, this is still evident in his work at the Anti-Defamation League, the Mandel Jewish Community Center and the Federal Bar Association.

What are your hobbies?

Playing piano, reading and spending time with family.

What one Jewish experience of yours stands out over others?

Birthright trip

Why did you choose Cleveland?

I grew up in Tucson, Ariz., but my wife grew up in Beachwood, which is why we decided to plant our roots in Cleveland. We love Cleveland and all it has to offer, both professionally and personally. The overall quality of life is superior to all other places we’ve experienced.

If you were the mayor of Cleveland, what would be your highest priority?

Addressing the educational achievement gap. I’d also like to see the Burke Lakefront Airport converted into a residential/commercial area.

What non-profit organizations do you affiliate with beyond donating?

I serve as co-chair of the civil rights committee of the Anti-Defamation League, am a member of the Mandel JCC Early Childhood leadership committee and serve on the board of the Federal Bar Association-Northern District of Ohio Chapter.

Do you have an Israel experience?

I spent a semester of law school studying at Tel Aviv University, where I really got to experience living in (as opposed to merely touring) Tel Aviv and got to do all the fun things the locals do (that the tourists don’t know about).

What role does Judaism play in your everyday life?

Growing up Jewish helped me develop a heightened level of moral and ethical awareness and encouraged me to think (and doubt) for myself. Now a fully grown Jew, I feel a healthy pressure to live up to a certain moral, ethical and intellectual standard.

Who are your mentors?

Peter Weinberger

What was your first reaction when you learned you were selected as a 12 Under 36 honoree?

Flattered, yet humbled.

What did you want to be when you grew up?

A mathematician, a classical pianist and a rabbi. It sounds like the start of a bad joke, but that’s exactly what I wrote in elementary school. I suppose I’ve worked aspects of each into my career: thinking analytically; performing for others; and asking tough questions.

Where and when was your bar mitzvah?

In 1997 in my hometown of Tucson.

Meet the honorees

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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…

Alina, 27, is a member of Jewish Family Experience and Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple. Professionally, she’s the national industrial engineer f…

Rebecca, 27, is social media manager of Hillel International. A resident of Cleveland Heights, The Temple-Tifereth Israel member said her pare…

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