36 Under 36: Jessica Katz
Jessica Katz, 31, of Royal Oak is the recruitment and training specialist at Moosejaw Mountaineering’s local headquarters in Madison Heights. Jess encourages, inspires and educates her peers about tikkun olam (repairing the world) through philanthropic gifts. She took the initiative to get training in New York from Amplifier Giving, “a network of giving circles motivated by Jewish values and inspired by change makers making a difference around the world.” In Metro Detroit, she formed a giving circle with six young professional couples who had never donated intentionally before. The local charity they chose to support with their collective group donation of nearly $1,500 was Oak Park-based Forgotten Harvest, which rescues surplus perishable food for the hungry. Jess will facilitate more giving circles in the future. This kind, compassionate and dedicated individual also engages with the Jewish community as a board member of The Well, Kadima and the Jewish Federation’s NEXTGen Detroit.