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Ariel Katz

Ariel Katz

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Few people can say they've founded two initiatives that create opportunity and community for others before the age of 30. Ariel Katz, however, can say this with confidence. At 29, Ariel is a founder and resident of Uptown's Moishe House and founder of Tutor-for-All, a program that helps impoverished high school students succeed in their college entrance exams.

Ariel's leadership started as early as her time at Camp Ramah where she was on staff for many years, eventually serving as the director of Ruach Ramah. During her time at Claremont McKenna College, Ariel was president of the Hillel, and developed interfaith programs for students.

She joined Teach for America, providing teacher development programs in addition to teaching literature to 250 first-year students. Prior to pursuing a law degree, Ariel worked in the JUF Campaign Department, helping to strengthen the Jewish community.

Pre-COVID-19, Ariel could be found tutoring at the local jail, attending Rose Crown minyan, and taking part in all things Moishe House. Still, the pandemic has not stopped Ariel from giving back. Through the Uptown Solidarity Network, Ariel delivers groceries to those who cannot go themselves. Tikkun Olam is a cornerstone of Judaism and something that Ariel embodies on a regular basis. 

AGE:
29

PRIMARY GIG:
Law Student at Loyola University Chicago School of Law

ON THE SIDE:
Founder and resident of Uptown Moishe House; avid rock climber; board game enthusiast

DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN 10 WORDS OR LESS:
Confident, athletic, positive, loyal, curious, gregarious, honest, creative.

A JEW WHO INSPIRES YOU:
Benay Lappe: she is an entrepreneur, leader, connector, and fantastic teacher. Also, my parents, who helped start a synagogue and are always active in their Jewish communities. They lead by example for me and my brothers and show that it's important to be active and engaged in your community.

YOUR BEST PIECE OF ADVICE:
Comparison is the thief of joy. (This was rammed down my throat at the beginning of law school, but I've grown to like it!) In other words, focus on yourself, your own growth, and your own values.

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