“Stepping up to the plate” is technically a baseball adage. It describes that pivotal moment when a batter must rise to the challenge of facing an opposing team’s pitcher – a face-off that might ultimately decide whether a game is won or lost.

Application of that phrase, however, extends well beyond America’s national pastime. Often, it’s used to describe any individual who takes action in response to an opportunity or crisis – someone whose actions, in a defining moment, might play a crucial role in the outcome of something more impactful than sports.

The 2019 class of Cleveland Jewish News and Ganley Bedford Imports 12 Under 36: Members of the Tribe represents a group of individuals who are doing just that.

In many ways, these Jewish young professionals step up to the plate as it relates to shaping the future of Northeast Ohio. As was the case with our inaugural 2018 class, these women and men represent all walks of life, working and leading in very diverse fields of the for-profit and nonprofit sectors. Among their similarities is a shared passion and commitment to further advance the rich and vibrant Jewish community around us.

These are the 12 Under 36 – a number chosen as a nod to the 12 tribes of Israel – who were nominated by their peers and who we feel are deserving of recognition because they’re making their presence known and felt in the community. Like their 12 Under 36 peers before them, they are laying the foundation for a stronger and more dynamic future for all of Northeast Ohio.

Read about each of the 2019 honorees of 12 Under 36: Members of the Tribe:

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…

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…

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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