Columbus native Lori Orlinsky and New Albany native Jenni Kusma have been named to the eighth annual “Double Chai in the Chi: 36 Under 36” list of young Jewish “movers and shakers” in Chicago, compiled by the Jewish United Fund of Chicago’s Young Leadership Division and Oy!Chicago.

The list honors those making major contributions through their work, in their free time and in the Jewish community and beyond, according to a news release.

Orlinsky, 36, writes children’s books, including “Being Small (Isn’t So Bad After All),” which has an anti-bullying message. She also attends storytime and book discussions at schools, hospitals, libraries and youth centers to spread the message of love and tolerance, according to Oy!Chicago.

Kusma, 30, is a pediatrician and research fellow at Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago. She advocates for fair health care for all children, according to Oy!Chicago. She is chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Section on Pediatric Trainees, which consists of over 16,000 medical students, residents and fellows across the country.

The winners will be honored at a “WYLD” party at 7 p.m. Aug. 22, at Dance Studio in Chicago. Tickets are available at

More information on the honorees and event is at

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