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Alexa Kelman (Ehrlich) (She, Her, Hers)

Alexa Kelman (Ehrlich) (She, Her, Hers)

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Alexa is known throughout the Chicago Jewish community for her kind heart and for always being ready to step up and help others.

In her career as a marriage and family therapist, she strives to always be available for her clients and help them inside and outside of sessions. She organizes therapist consultation groups to spread new ideas of therapeutic practices and brings her expertise to a camp for children who have lost loved ones and a sex therapy consultation group.

Outside of work, she enjoys supporting people in the Jewish community with dedication and enthusiasm. Alexa served on the YLD board for five years, participated in the Mensches in Motion program, as well as leading three YLD LEADS groups. She is also a member of the Response Advisory Council and was the Chair of the 2020/2021 Young Women's City Council.

AGE:
33

PRIMARY GIG:
Couple and Family Therapist in a group private practice

ON THE SIDE:
Peloton, The Class, Listening to books on Audible

A JEW WHO INSPIRES YOU:
My parents and Sybil Mervis (Jewish philanthropist from my hometown).

YOUR BEST PIECE OF ADVICE:
Remember you may once be the benefactor and at another point in your life the beneficiary. Volunteering is both a privilege and a responsibility.

HOW HAVE YOU CREATED A SOCIAL IMPACT THIS YEAR:
I post daily content on my Instagram stories about social justice related issues, wellness, as well as therapeutic content/quotes, adapted well to COVID-19 by attending all RAC/YWC meetings virtually, discussed local, national and world events in these meetings, discussed social justice issues with all my clients in our sessions.

IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE YOU’D LIKE THE COMMUNITY TO KNOW ABOUT YOU:
My husband Jordan and my parents/sisters are a huge supporter of my philanthropic endeavors. I never would have received this award if it wasn't for them <3

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