Kristin Leuchtag

Kristin helps set up for an event at Temple Israel. 

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 what she can out of the office for the community that supports her. She notes her community involvement is inspired by Cathy Baer and Dianne Newman, who have helped her build ties in the Jewish community. Taking those lessons, she aims to do the same in all her endeavors and to help others find guidance in the Jewish community.

What are your hobbies?

My hobbies include spending time with my fiance, family, and two adorable dogs. When I’m not chasing my pups around, I am gardening and rebuilding my 1981 Yamaha motorcycle.

What one Jewish experience of yours stands out over others?

I have been filling in as a stand-in singer at Temple Israel, helping to lead the singing portion of services if Cantor Kathy Fromson wants to travel to see family. Standing in front of everyone and singing is amazing because I can feel spiritually close to the entire congregation, all at once.

Why did you choose Cleveland?

My family is from the Cleveland area, dating back to their original migration from Europe. I see all of the beauty that Cleveland and Northeast Ohio as a whole have to offer.

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

I would focus my efforts on supporting local businesses. Locally owned businesses play a central role in healthy, thriving communities. I would look into implementing business diversity ordinances and look for creative ways to reduce vacant buildings by allowing local businesses to use them under city implemented incentives.

What nonprofit organizations do you affiliate with beyond donating?

I am an active board member of Jewish Family Services of Akron.

Do you have an Israel experience?

I went on Birthright in 2014. I immediately fell in love with the country and Israel’s people. This led me to become the Israeli affiliate for the University of Toledo, working through the Israel on Campus Coalition.

What role does Judaism play in your everyday life?

Judaism gives me guidance in a world that can sometimes be structurally unsound. As hopefully, a soon-to-be attorney, I use Judaism to give me guidance where the law fails. Even if it’s just touching my star while reading a troubling case, Judaism keeps me grounded.

Who are your mentors?

Within the Jewish world, I’ve been blessed to have many strong, wonderful mentors. Notably, Cathy Baer and Dianne Newman have helped me grow and connect more deeply within the Jewish community. They have invited me into their lives, answered my questions, and supported me with unquestionable loyalty.

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

I was sitting at work and scared the living daylights out of a co-worker when I gasped. I then called my family and fiance.

What did you want to be when you grew up?

As a child, I wanted to be an army girl. Ultimately, I did this. As an adult who hopes to continue to grow, I want to fill my career with meaningful experiences. I want to find happiness.

Where and when was your bat mitzvah?

In 2014 on the top of Masada.


Meet the honorees

Ben, 32, manager of public programs and “Stop the Hate” at the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage, feels Judaism plays a big part in his communit…

Joshua, 28, is an attorney at McCarthy, Lebit, Crystal & Liffman Co., LPA. Whether he’s playing tennis, working out or spending time with …

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…

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…

Jeremy, 35, grew up wanting to be a mathematician, a classical pianist and a rabbi. Though he’s an attorney at Spangenberg, Shibley & Libe…

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