Evan Traylor is a rabbinic student and Jewish community builder, educator, activist, and writer. Each and every day, he strives to support and guide people, build strong Jewish communities, and work toward social justice, creating a more loving, peaceful future for the world.
Originally from Oklahoma City, Evan is currently a first year rabbinical school student at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. Evan grew up as part of a loving family and was always active and connected with sports, music, school, and the Jewish community. He graduated in May 2016 from the University of Kansas studying political science, Jewish studies, and leadership studies. During his senior year at KU, Evan was selected as the winner of the ExCEL Award for excellence in community engagement, education, and leadership. After college, he spent two years in New York City working for the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) as its first Presidential Fellow for Millennial Engagement, and then two more years Associate Director for College Engagement at URJ in Washington D.C. He currently lives in Washington D.C. with his fiance, Lindsey, and their adorable dog, Ruby.
Evan serves on the Leadership Team of the Jewish Social Justice Roundtable, and is an active member of Jews United for Justice and an alum of Encounter. He has been an active member of the Jewish community and is an alum of NFTY, URJ Greene Family Camp, URJ Kutz Camp, NFTY in Israel. Previously, he held leadership positions as the North American President of NFTY, engagement intern for Kansas Hillel, trustee on the URJ Board, student member on the Hillel International Board of Directors, program director at the URJ Kutz Camp, and co-founder of the Hillel International Student Cabinet. In 2016, Evan was selected for the New York Jewish Week’s “36 Under 36”.