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Join AVODAH: The Jewish Service Corps as we honor Marc R. Kadish, Mayer Brown’s Director of Pro Bono Activities and Litigation Training, and Rabbi Lizzi Heydemann, Founder of Mishkan Chicago at our Partners in Justice reception. We will also celebrate the accomplishments of AVODAH alumna, Hannah Gelder, Lakeview Action Coalition.
Our May 30th gala is an opportunity to meet AVODAH current corps members and alumni to find out how they are building a more just, fair and compassionate world. We look forward to your presence at this joyful event!
MARC R. KADISH oversees Mayer Brown’s global pro bono program, cultivating pro bono client relationships and opportunities that benefit society while providing the firm’s lawyers with training, professional development and fulfillment. Marc also manages the firm’s contributions to legal organizations serving the public interest.
For more than 20 years before joining Mayer Brown, Marc was a clinical law professor, teaching such subjects as evidence, criminal law and lawyering skills. During his career, he has conducted more than 60 jury trials and numerous bench trials before Chicago-area state and federal courts.
RABBI LIZZI HEYDEMANN, a Chicago South Side native, was ordained by the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies in 2010. She was the first Revson Rabbinic Fellow at IKAR, was in the recent cohort of CLAL’s Rabbis Without Borders fellowship and is a 2013 ROI Fellow. She has worked closely with the Jewish Farm School, American Jewish World Service, and Hazon, all organizations doing transformational work in the realms of environmental sustainability and global human rights, as well as locally with AVODAH. She was named one of Chicago’s 36 Under 36 by JUF’s OyChicago, and one of the Top 20 Real Rabbis by myjewishlearning.org in 2012.
When Lizzi returned to Chicago in Summer of 2011, she founded Mishkan, a young, dynamic spiritual community whose tagline is "inspired, down-to-earth Judaism." Playing off of the mobility and flexibility of the Mishkan/tabernacle in the Torah, Mishkan does not have permanent space, and holds services, events, classes and one-to-one conversations in locations all over Chicago. She has been honored to work with AVODAH residents and alumni in creating the next generation of Judaism in Chicago, one that is alive with spirit, connection, playfulness, and challenge.