It’s hard to not be inspired by the 36 folks appearing in the 36 Under 36 Gallery. Their impact on our community is unquestionable, and they help make Metro Detroit an amazing place to live, work, play and be part of the community.

Like last year’s inaugural feature, we accepted nominations for six weeks in late summer/early fall, and again, like last year, a panel of independent judges (affiliated with neither The Well nor the Jewish News) made the selections. This year, we had 150 percent as many nominations as in year one — it’s clear that there is no shortage of talent in our community!

A special thank you to the judges (you know who you are), given the significant number of submissions you made the time to read and score.

The Well and the Jewish News are both driven by missions that focus on community building, so this partnership has continued to naturally evolve as we learn and grow together!

It is amazing how much the narrative about Metro Detroit has changed in just the past handful of years. One of the reasons we launched 36 Under 36 last year was to continue to help shape the narrative of just how special a place Metro Detroit is, highlighting the young folks making an impact. I hope you’re as moved and humbled as I am when reading about the 36 young leaders featured in this year’s class, are itching to nominate exceptional people next fall and, if applicable, are inspired to up your community involvement so that you, too, might be featured in a future edition.

Rabbi Dan Horwitz

Rabbi Dan Horwitz is founding director of The Well.