As the groups focused on reaching the local young professionals scene have evolved over the years, so have their staff members. Here are mini-profiles of a few of the newest additions.
As the groups focused on reaching the local young professionals scene have evolved over the years, so have their staff members. We caught up with a few of the newest additions via email to find out who they are and why they spend their days — and nights — trying to bring Philadelphia’s young Jewish professionals together.
Rachel Waxman, 24, originally from Villanova
Event coordinator for the Collaborative.
Her niche in the local young adult scene: Anyone who would consider themselves a hipster and a princess — simultaneously.
Which Jewish figure, dead or alive, that she would have dinner with: David Yarus, founder of JSwipe. I'm really excited about the chance to change the way Millennials experience Judaism. I think David is on to something, and I want to join that movement.
Favorite part of her job so far: My coworkers and our co-working space! I'm freakishly obsessed with my coworkers. We probably have too much fun here, considering how often I'm inappropriately loud in the workplace.
Shira Scott, 22, of Huntingdon Valley, Pa.
Project manager for Tribe Commons and Entreprenurial Projects, a community workspace located in Center City that provides entreprenurial-minded individuals with a work environment that is rooted in Jewish values.
Her niche in the local young adult scene: You can always find me where the crazy Philly sports fans are and I'm most likely the one leading “Fly Eagles Fly.” Being on the younger side of the young professionals scene in Philadelphia, I bring a fresh outlook on programming with new and innovative ideas.
Which Jewish figure, dead or alive, that she would have dinner with: Steven Spielberg, hands down. He started my secret obsession with science fiction. My ideal dinner with him would be to discuss how I can star in E.T. Part Two.
Favorite part of her job so far: Being excited to come to work every day! It's no secret that the Tribe 12 staff is obsessed with each other and all of the programs we plan and run. Not a day goes by without me leading, planning or participating in an event with a large smile on my face.
Tzlil Shtulsaft, 31, of Stony Brook, N.Y.
Executive director of the Jewish Student Graduate Network.
His niche in the local young adult scene: Connecting with a broad range of students while supporting a fully inclusive Jewish graduate student community.
Which Jewish figure, dead or alive, that he would have dinner with: Yitzhak Rabin. He's a hero of mine and I greatly admire the courage, dedication and vision that he displayed as a leader of our community.
Favorite part of his job so far: Working with students who are hands-down some of the smartest and most passionate members of the Philly community.