Jonathan Z. Maltzman has been the rabbi and spiritual leader for the Maryland-based congregation Kol Shalom since 2002. Before being elected to the position, Jonathan Z. Maltzman served as a rabbi in Iowa and Japan, and as a chaplain in the United States Naval Reserve. When he isn’t busy leading services or conducting life cycle events, he enjoys following professional sports teams in his hometown of Philadelphia, especially the NBA’s 76ers.
After winning just 47 games over the three previous seasons, the 76ers appear to be on an upward trajectory thanks to some patience and extremely talented young players, including Joel Embiid. The Cameroon native was selected third overall by Philadelphia in the 2014 NBA Draft but missed his first two seasons due to a pair of foot injuries. The wait has been worthwhile, however, as Embiid has reinvigorated the Philadelphia fan base with his play in 2016-2017.
The big man has led the team in scoring throughout the season and has also been a popular player off the court. He was his own biggest supporter in NBA fan voting for the All-Star Game through a series of campaign tweets, and although he wasn’t selected for the Eastern Conference, he recently earned praise from Rolling Stone as an NBA player who is fun to follow on Twitter. He was, however, selected to represent the World team in the Rising Stars Challenge.