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Taly Friedman, 29

Need somebody to rally the troops?  Call Taly. 

In the two and a half years Taly has worked with Jewish Family Services, she has grown the corps of JFS volunteers in Kansas City and increased the number of volunteer hours by more than fifty percent. Taly came to the Kansas City area from Seattle as an 18 year old student at the University of Kansas. As an alumna, Taly remains involved in KU Hillel as a member of the board of directors, where she focuses on engaging other young adult alumni.

Profession: Director of Volunteer Engagement at Jewish Family Services

My cause: Supporting "local kc," whether that is going to the farmers’ market, checking out a new local restaurant, participating in a CSA through New Roots for Refugees, attending a pop-up yoga class, going to a “foodie” event or reading a book at a local coffee shop.

Empowering young women. From being a coach for "Girl's on the Run", to facilitating "Rosh Hodesh: It's a Girl's Thing” for middle-school girls, to being on the Jewish Federation Women's Philanthropy board and co-chairing BK Give: a Women's Giving Circle, I am very passionate about connecting women to each other, inspiring them to be involved in their community and encouraging them to live life to their fullest potential.

Kansas City needs: More accessible Jewish learning opportunities that connect people from different networks and generations. I would love to see this done through interactive opportunities like weekend retreats, service learning, book clubs, etc. and in a way that connects people from different networks and generations.

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