The time has come to pay homage to the inaugural class of Cleveland Jewish News and Ganley Bedford Imports 12 Under 36: Members of the Tribe. These dozen members of our community share a common pride for their Jewish upbringing and have chosen to make Northeast Ohio their home, working in diverse backgrounds in the fields of accounting, education, electrical supplies, financial services, insurance, law and local media.  

When the CJN announced the honorees in June, we identified this group of young professionals as representing the next wave of Jewish leaders and influencers – those men and women who have demonstrated the determination and desire to further advance the rich and vibrant Jewish community. And by extension, they are shaping the future for all of Northeast Ohio.   

With an impressive number of nominations totaling more than 100, they were nominated by you in our community. These are the 12 Under 36 – a number chosen as a nod to the 12 tribes of Israel – who we feel are making their presence known and deserving of this recognition.

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Leora, 31, epitomizes Jewish life in the city of Akron. She lives it every day. She keeps kosher, attends weekly minyan and Shabbat services, …

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Michael, 34, always saw himself becoming part of the family business, Mars Electric, where he is executive vice president. Judaism plays an im…

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Anna, 27, wanted to become a doctor, but after a small mishap in an organic chemistry class, she turned her attention to becoming an attorney,…

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Aaron, 35, has been a prominent voice on the Cleveland sports radio scene since 2006 and is on air host and producer at ESPN Cleveland. The 35…

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Daniel, 36, was born and raised in Cleveland, but hadn’t planned to move back to Cleveland after studying in Israel. He’s a partner at Ulmer &…

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Adam, 32, is the executive director at Hillel at Kent State University, where he learns and develops a personal relationship with Israel throu…

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Aaron, 34, is manager of business development at American Express and advocate for the recovery community of Cleveland. The Cleveland Heights …

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Dana, 31, is an associate attorney at Nurenberg, Paris, Heller and McCarthy, something she credits her parents, David Paris, managing partner …

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Katie, 33, senior manager at BDO USA, LLP, attended Jewish summer camps and has been to Israel and says Judaism has shaped the person she is t…

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Rachel, 33, vice president at Brunswick Companies, grew up with a strong Jewish community inclduing attending a Jewish day school and wants he…

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Melissa, 33, is an associate at Kohrman Jackson & Krantz and the vice mayor of the city of Cleveland Heights. A Cleveland Heights resident…

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Andrew, 35, is CEO of Euclid Media Group, which publishes Scene magazine. An active leader in the Jewish Federation of Cleveland and their You…