2012 Double Chai in the Chi
Rabbi Evan Moffic's boundless energy, compassion for others, family values, dedication to social justice and support of interfaith couples are just a few reasons for his Double Chai nomination, according to Dennis Kessler, Leslie Goldstein and Paul Altman, who each nominated him.
Evan leads Congregation Solel in Highland Park and is married to Rabbi Arielle Poster Moffic, director of InterfaithFamily/Chicago. They are raising two children.
He is one of the country's youngest senior rabbis in the Reform Movement. His scholarly works were published in a number of journals, newspapers and magazines, and he frequently lectures at Jewish centers and synagogues around the country. He is on the Board of American Jewish Committee Chicago and the Chicago Area Reform Rabbis.
"Rabbi Moffic is warm, engaging and inspiring to be around. He has grown the membership of the congregation at a challenging time for other synagogues," congregation member Leslie Goldstein wrote. "He is supportive of diverse attitudes and ideas. He is not afraid to take risks...He is dedicated to lifelong learning and relates equally well to all generations; seniors as well as teenagers."
"Evan Moffic has been a leader in welcoming mixed marriage couples into the Jewish Community which I believe is vital to the sustainability of the community," wrote Dennis Kessler, another congregation member. "He is already a leader in the Chicago metropolitan area and it's my guess that in the not too distant future, he will also be a leader in the U.S. Jewish community."
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