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Rebecca Kanter

Rebecca Kanter

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There are people you look at and wonder, "how do they do it all?" Rebecca Kanter falls in that category. A lawyer and mother of two, Rebecca doesn't use either as an excuse to not give back. Crediting her Jewish identity to her upbringing in a tight-knit Jewish community in Sweden, Rebecca is a longtime volunteer at CJE SeniorLife and an active member at Anshe Emet Synagogue.

At work, Rebecca goes the extra mile, creating volunteer and mentorship opportunities through iVenture Accelerator. She has been innovative in pushing her firm's participation in the program forward. In addition to volunteering as Volunteer Committee Chair of the Associate Board at CJE outside of work, Rebecca also volunteers for Lawyers in the Classroom, a program that teaches Chicago Public School students about the U.S. Constitution and the American legal system. To Rebecca, it's imperative to give back and help those less fortunate. 

AGE:
31

PRIMARY GIG:
Associate Attorney at Much Shelist, P.C

ON THE SIDE:
Wife and mother of two young daughters

RELATIONSHIP STATUS:
Married

DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN 10 WORDS OR LESS:
Proud wife/mother, with a side of golf and scotch.

SOMETHING MOST PEOPLE DON’T KNOW ABOUT ME:
I moved to this country at age 10 without speaking English and started school two days after we arrived.

A JEW WHO INSPIRES YOU:
My parents for navigating and defining their own Jewish identities, practices, and communities, first while living in Sweden and then in moving to Chicago.

HOW YOU JEW IN CHICAGO:
Shabbat dinners with family, either in person or via FaceTime; Little Builders with my eldest daughter on Sunday mornings at Anshe Emet; jBaby Bagels in the Park; and explaining to people that there are in fact Jews in the Western suburbs (and in Sweden).

IF TIME AND MONEY WERE LIMITLESS, I WOULD:
Give more of my time to friends, family, and those in need.

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