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Celebrating six young award winners cultivating the community

Introducing young adult award winners

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Hannah Bloom-Hirschberg and Emily Pevnick will receive the Davis, Gidwitz & Glasser Young Leadership Award, celebrating an outstanding young volunteer leader's achievements and promise.

  • Bloom-Hirschberg is the Director of Strategy and Outreach for the Jewish Early Childhood Education Leadership Initiative (JECELI). Prior to this, she developed professional development curricula for daycare providers and taught young children. She serves on JUF's Education Committee and Community Building and Jewish Continuity Commission and Chaired JUF's Good Deeds Day in 2020. She also serves on the Board of Directors of both Mishkan Chicago and Vanderbilt Hillel.
  • Pevnick currently serves as a Government Affairs Vice Chair, the Young Women's City Council Campaign Chair, a Jewish Women's Foundation Trustee, and chaired four TOV Nourish Our Neighborhood community drives during COVID-19. She is a previous YLD Board Vice President and 2018 36 Under 36 honoree. She is also on the Board of CityPAC, a member of Anshe Emet Synagogue, and involved in Mishkan Chicago. She has dedicated her professional and personal work to advancing social change with over a decade of experience in the private, public, and non-profit sectors.

Nora Bergman, Program Manager of Holocaust Community Services at CJE SeniorLife; Letícia Cardoso, Assistant Director of Resident Supports at JCFS Chicago; Kyle Kolling, Assistant Director at JCC Camp Chi; and Tejal Patel, PharmD, BCPS, System Director of Inpatient Pharmacy & Respiratory Services at Sinai Chicago will receive the Samuel A. Goldsmith Award, this year spotlighting outstanding young Jewish agency professionals shaping Chicago's community.

  • Bergman joined Holocaust Community Services (HCS) in 2019 and her responsibilities include overseeing program operations, grant writing and reporting, managing the program budget, and supervising the administrative team. Prior to joining HCS, Nora worked in Care Management and Guardianship, where she came to love both working with and learning from older adults. She is the granddaughter of three Holocaust survivors.
  • Cardoso has worked in Chicago's Jewish community for twenty-one years, including eight years at JCFS. Throughout her career, she has been involved in direct support for individuals with intellectual developmental disabilities and their families and management in residential, educational, and recreational settings. Creating and fostering environments that allow individuals to achieve their full potential with dignity is infused throughout her work.
  • Kolling has spent the past twenty-one summers at Camp Chi, including the last six as a member of the full-time team. He is also recent graduate of the Merrin Teen Professional Fellowship through the Jewish Community Center Association. He graduated from Illinois State University with a degree in Theater Education and is currently working to finish a Master of Arts in Jewish Professional Studies from Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership.
  • Patel's career includes clinical pharmacy, improving medication safety, and remodeling sterile compounding rooms where medications are prepared. Most recently, she has led the vaccine operations at Sinai Chicago, where she has been instrumental in expanding Sinai's capacity across the Chicago community, including developing and coordinating logistics of pop-up vaccination clinics.

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