Chicago Advisory Committee
Scott Beslow is a technology builder and breaker, civic data enthusiast, and water hacktavist. He is passionate about harnessing technology for social good, and has contributed to building educational applications, enabling startups, and driving social science and environmental research. Scott has worked with Chicago’s open source community to affect policy change, tell data-driven stories, and encourage education and action about local water issues. He has used his research to craft and lead several workshops and classes on Judaism and the Environment. Scott lives and plays on Chicago’s Northwest side with his wife and two children.
Mo Goltz is a Design Strategist at Accenture. He coaches and consults teams on how to infuse business strategy with design thinking and to collaborate in more effective and adaptive ways. Through designing, writing, lecturing, and workshop facilitation, Mo helps people better understand their users & customers, develop creative confidence, enhance their ability to communicate, and improve their critical thinking skills in ways that positively impact their business’s bottom line.
Mo develops creative and intimate events that promote authenticity and experimentation in various Jewish communities. He is originally from Fort Wayne, Indiana, was a Moishe House resident in San Francisco from 2012 to 2015, supported the launch of the Chitribe organization & website, and currently hosts shabbat story-slam dinner parties.
Elizabeth Gossage is committed to continuity of Jewish life and to helping build and renew strong and innovative Jewish relationships. She is an Jewish educator and works at her family’s business, Diesel Sales, Inc. She is the founder of Bridges613.org, a social media platform that connects philanthropists to innovative Jewish organizations. She is one of the Vice-Presidents at Congregation Etz Chaim of DuPage County, serves on The Shabbat Project Chicago board and as the Chair for the Reboot’s Advisory committee. Previously, she served on the executive board of Hadassah Chicago-North Shore. Elizabeth completed a Master’s of Arts Degree in Jewish Professional Studies from Spertus, December, 2018.
Katia Kobylinski is a brand strategist and social entrepreneur. Working for a global consultancy, she helps the world’s leading brands shape their voice and identity through marketing research and analytics. She is the founder of a social start-up venture - creative: for good - which helps nonprofit organizations with their advertising and marketing. In 2016 - 2018, she was co-organizing the annual Brussels Summer School for Young Leaders, which saw young professionals from more than 20 countries participate in discussions with EU leaders. Since moving to Chicago from Prague two years ago, she has been involved in nonprofit work with various Jewish organizations, such as JCC Chicago, Upstart and Jewcer.
Yuri Basho Lane is a actor, beatboxer, harmonica player, teaching artist and vegan chef. Yuri has been a professional actor since his youth performing on stage, in movies, TV and on the radio. Yuri has toured the US, Europe and Middle East with his tour de force one man beatbox play” From Tel Aviv to Ramallah, a Beatbox Journey”. Yuri gained internet fame with a series of viral videos on YouTube featuring his skill of beatboxing and playing harmonica at the same time. Yuri has always been the cook in the family and is excited to open Fancy Plants Cafe in Chicago with his partner Chef Kevin Schuder. Fancy Plants is a all vegan cafe and will serve delicious plants based creations in 2019! Yuri will be dropping a new beatbox mixtape in February 2019 and can’t wait to share his musical and culinary creations with the people of Chicago! #beatboxharmonicaman
Tamar Manasseh is a Mom and Founder of Mothers/ Men Against Senseless Killings.
Kim Miller is the Principal of Paradigm Legal Group and a Senior Attorney at Axiom Global. She has over twenty-seven years of legal experience in the areas of general corporate, healthcare, information technology, employment, and intellectual property and over ten years of business and systems consulting experience in the healthcare and telecommunications industries. Kim grew up in the Chicago area and is a Camp Chi Alum. She has a B.A. from Wellesley College and a J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law. She has served on boards and executive committees of many Chicago based organizations throughout her career-mostly focusing on the arts or Jewish entrepreneurship. She plays clarinet in Temple Sholom's Brementown Klezmer Band.
Michael Oxman is passionate about connecting people and engaging them within the Jewish Community, and he is excited to become more involved with Reboot. Michael served on the Jewish United Fund of Chicago’s Young Leadership Division board from 2013-2017. He served as President as well as Vice Campaign Chair. He also spearheaded the creation of YLD Pride: a group within the JUF that helps foster a more vibrant Jewish LGBTQ community.
Michael is a member of the JFNA National Young Leadership Cabinet and serves on JUF’s Professional Advisory Committee. He was part of Oy! Chicago's inaugural "36 Under 36" honorees in 2012. Michael is the Co-Chair of the Development Committee for Mishkan Chicago, as well as a Regional Governor for Alpha Epsilon Pi. Additionally, Michael is honored to participate in the Wexner Heritage Program.
Originally from the North Shore suburbs of Milwaukee, Michael remained in Chicago after graduating from Northwestern University, with degrees in Economics and Political Science. Michael is a Financial Advisor at Morgan Stanley, and a partner of the Cohn Weisskopf Oxman Group.
Carey Smolensky is a proud husband and father who truly cares about making a difference in the lives of others. A dynamic Businessman, Entrepreneur, Motivational Speaker, Event Producer, Entertainer, and Author of Living Life with Passion and Helping Others. Born in Chicago, Carey started his family of companies while in high school. A graduate of Loyola University of Chicago with a Bachelors of Science in Biology. Carey has received numerous local, national, and international awards for his entertainment and production. Through Carey's events, collaboration with top thought leaders, and partnerships with impactful businesses and charities, Carey has impacted the lives of countless people. He believes that evolution is the key to innovation and is constantly evolving both personally and professionally to continually live his life with passion. Carey is President and Founder of Carey Smolensky Productions, Mobile Music Interactive Entertainment and STORM Interactive Entertainment. Carey is the Executive Producer of THE PASSION SUMMIT, a founding board member of Front Row Foundation, and someone who focuses on helping others in everything he does. He lives every day with passion, and positively impacts the lives of anyone who crosses his path.
Rabbi Jeff Stombaugh hails from Seattle, WA. He is getting ordained at Hebrew Union College this spring, with a Master’s Degree in Jewish Education with a focus in Israel Education with the iCenter, as well as a certificate in Jewish Nonprofit Management. He graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in Cultural Judaic Studies from the Jackson School of International Studies and then taught second-grade Judaic studies at the Seattle Jewish Community School. Jeff currently works at USC Hillel as the rabbinic intern and has a passion for music, teaching, and bridging gaps between different communities, demographics and ideologies. As a student of innovation Jeff seeks to invigorate progressive Jewish life. He is especially excited to continue the justice work Rabbi Lauren has propelled forward over the past two years, and learn, pray, and grow with such an intentional and inspired Jewish community.