2012 Double Chai in the Chi
Lizzi Jill Honeyrose Heydemann
Lizzi Heydemann is the epitome of a young, Jewish leader who is making a difference in the lives of young Jews in Chicago.
Described as "one of the most dynamic and cutting edge young rabbis in the country" by Brian Abrahams, a lay leader in one of her initiatives, Heydemann is the founder of Mishkan Chicago, a vibrant, spiritual community that uses an unconventional approach-including music jams and house parties-to unite young Jews of all affiliations. Inspired by her experiences in Israel and at a progressive minyan in Los Angeles, Heydemann has found a way to re-energize old traditions and make young people excited about Judaism.
A motivated go-getter and do-gooder, Heydemann is also involved in a variety of national Jewish organizations, including Rabbis without Borders. "She is very cause-driven and will pitch-in on everything from hunger to homelessness to a Jewish event on ending violence against women," Abrahams said. "So … she might go from a large Chicago Federation event to a small meditation workshop to a Chicago Board of Rabbis session on prayer to a project to help the hungry and then finish the day with a percussion-infused Jewish music jam in her backyard."
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