JTS Student and JTS Alumna Named to Jewish Week’s “36 Under 36” List:

Eric Schorr and Rachel Kahn-Troster

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June 15, 2011, New York, NY

Eric Schorr, a student at The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS), and Rabbi Rachel Kahn-Troster, an alumna of JTS, have been named to the Jewish Week’s prestigious “36 Under 36” list of young innovators.

Rabbi Kahn-Troster received a bachelor’s degree from the Albert A. List College of Jewish Studies in 2001, a master’s degree from The Graduate School in 2006, and her ordination from The Rabbinical School in 2008. She is the lead organizer for Rabbis for Human Rights−North America’s campaigns against slavery and human trafficking and U.S.-sponsored torture, and serves on the board of the Jewish environmental group Hazon. Rabbi Kahn-Troster says of being on the Jewish Week’s list, “The list has always celebrated an extremely diverse range of innovative young Jewish leadership, so it was a tremendous honor for me to be included.”

Mr. Schorr is currently a student at List College, and expects to receive his bachelor of arts degree in 2012. He is a student activist and was recently elected president of LionPac, a pro-Israel public affairs student group at Columbia University. Mr. Schorr’s group works to educate the campus community about the importance of the U.S.-Israel relationship. He majors in Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies at Columbia and Modern Jewish Studies in Hebrew at JTS. According to Mr. Schorr, “It is a tremendous distinction to be included in this year’s list. I am one among many up-and-coming young leaders in the Jewish community and the U.S.”

Shuly Rubin Schwartz, Irving Lehrman Research Associate Professor of American Jewish History and Walter and Sarah Schlesinger Dean of Graduate and Undergraduate Studies, says, “The work that Eric Schorr and Rachel Kahn-Troster do demonstrates passion, commitment to Jewish values, outstanding leadership skills, and a deep desire to make the world safer and more peaceful. It is an honor to have Eric as a List College student and Rachel as an alumna. We are so proud of how they exemplify the mission of List College through their work as leaders and activists.”

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