Zvi Drizin is passionate about Jewish young adults. A risk taker, he opened an educational center nearly four years ago in a hip part of Dallas. Intown Chabad targets Jewish 20-somethings and gives them the opportunity to connnect to each other and to their heritage. If the word ‘Chabad’ sends out a particular message, Rabbi Zvi hopes to counter that by demonstrating love and respect for all Jews from all backgrounds. In his spare time, he likes to ski, play music and read. Intown Chabad is unique. While there are organizations and synagogues dedicated to teens and college students, there are no national religious organizations catering solely to post college-pre children young adults. Intown Chabad is now the number one place in Dallas for young Jewish adults. Of its donors, 85% are under the age of 35. (The organization uses many metrics, goals and benchmarks to gauge its success.) Zvi’s idea is now catching on. There are currently over 10 cities that have young adult Chabad houses in America. Zvi runs a listserv and regular conferences with the goal of unifying and expanding. His dream is to eventually open similar centers around the world.
Fields of Interest: Jewish Education and Peoplehood, Media and Digital
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