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University of Wisconsin Alumni Named to Seventh Annual Jewish “36 Under 36” List: Solly Kane, Blake Roter

University of Wisconsin alumni Solly Kane, 29 and Blake Roter, 34 have been named to the seventh annual “Double Chai in the Chi: 36 Under 36” list of young Jewish movers and shakers in Chicago.

(The letters of the Hebrew word “Chai,” which means “life,” also represent the number 18.)

Check out the list and full bios online at:

Presented by the Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago’s Young Leadership Division (YLD) and Oy!Chicago (— website for Chicago 20- and 30-somethings—the list shines a spotlight on the faces of Chicago’s Jewish future and recognizes the amazing contributions of this generation. The young professionals featured are noted for making a difference through their work, giving back in their free time, and earning distinction in the Jewish community and beyond.

“The future of our Jewish community is in good hands with these 36 individuals. Like always, this year’s list does not disappoint,” said Stefanie Pervos Bregman, co-founding editor of Oy!Chicago. “This marks our seventh year of this initiative, and I’m always amazed at the innovative, philanthropic work that is happening right here in Chicago.”

This year’s list is replete with entrepreneurs, activists, fundraisers, and more, running the gamut from artists to rabbis, attorneys to social workers… and, well, the list goes on.

“Year after year we see such a driven group who are both leaders in their professions, and doing amazing things to build a stronger and more unified Jewish community here in Chicago,” said Alex Entratter, current YLD campaign chair and former honoree. “To see so many people creating new opportunities that better our community is truly inspiring. This is just the beginning of a bright future for these individuals and the community they are impacting.”

Donations to JUF of up to $36 in recognition of a 36 under 36 honoree will be matched in full, doubling the impact and benefit to those in need in the community. Learn more and donate at

Full profiles of each honoree are available on the Oy!Chicago website.

The 36 winners will be honored at YLD’s “WYLD” party at 7 p.m. on Thursday, August 16 at Early Society/Chelsea Room, 221 N. Clark St. The party is open to the public. Tickets are available for $20 in advance or $30 at the door. $5 of each ticket will be donated to JUF’s 2018 Annual Campaign to provide services for those in need. To register, visit or e-mail Register early – last year’s party completely sold out!

The Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago is the one organization that impacts every aspect of local and global Jewish life, providing human services for Jews and others in need, creating Jewish experiences and strengthening Jewish community connections.

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