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Rabbi Zev Kahn

Rabbi Zev Kahn is better known in the Chicagoland area as the "Rugby Rabbi" from his days as a former Maccabi Games Gold Medalist in 1985 and 1989. Originally from Port Elizabeth, South Africa, Zev played for UCT and Western Province under 20, before being selected to represent South Africa. Zev came to Chicago after spending six years at Ohr Somayach in Jerusalem, where he completed the Ohr Lagolah teacher training program and was very involved in college student touring programs. The Kahns moved to Chicago in 1998 to work for the Lakewood Kollel, and in 2005 Rabbi Kahn founded JET - Jewish Education Team, a campus outreach organization. Now with an additional three full time couples, two in Chicago and one in Champaign at the University of Illinois, JET is the largest student outreach organization in Illinois. In the 2012-13 academic year JET reached about 1,000 young professionals and college students on over 20 campuses all over Illinois.

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