2012 Double Chai in the Chi
We love this quote from Lee Rosenberg, AIPAC chairman, who nominated Sam, who works as the organization’s Deputy Midwest Director: “She is the kind of person you would want to have a beer with, the kind of friend you would turn to for advice and the kind of professional you would seek information or guidance from.”
Sam not only plans to be a lifelong Jewish professional, but her Jewish engagement spills out into the rest of her life as well - she has studied Hebrew and taken classes to deepen her religious knowledge, spent a month in Israel and is involved in YLD and the ADL. Professionally, she has played an integral role in launching and continuing to run a Chicago young leadership program for AIPAC that has helped to recruit and groom an entire new generation of younger activists. In the broader community, Sam has overseen and supervised the efforts that have more than doubled AIPAC in size in the last five years in Chicago. She has been part of creating innovative programs, like a pro-Israel conference near O’Hare Airport that twice drew 1,600 people.
“In all the aspects of her life, Sam seeks to be the best: best friend, best daughter, best sister, best volunteer, best employee. Her warmth and laughter are infectious and she easily disarms even the most difficult people with her easy manner. She works very hard and long hours, but is not a workaholic. She seeks to keep an active and engaged social life and is tightly networked to a large group of young Jewish professionals in Chicago. She even helped to form and took part in an informal group of younger Jewish professionals across a variety of organizations who meet for networking purposes.” Rosenberg said.
Pays the bills:
On the side:
Describe yourself in 10 words or less:
How do you Jew in Chicago?
How do you give back?
Fill in the blank: If time and money were limitless, I would:
Chicago's Jewish community in 10 years:
Me in 10 years: