Is GTJ run by a 13 year old girl?…
No. Because later that day (or at some other point over the weekend), I will be watching the “bro” movie of the year — Fast Five (Fast and Furious). Please feel free to join for this one as well.
You work at The Jewish Federation. Tell us about it.
The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington is an amazing organization that cares for those in need, deepens engagement in Jewish life, and strengthens the bonds among Jews in the Washington area, in Israel, and around the world. Have you been to one of our Young Leadership events yet? Do you want to learn more about how you can inspire others, connect with our community, educate your friends and provide support that makes a difference? Check us out at www.shalomdc.org/youngleadership.
What advice would you give to people who want to work in the Jewish world?
Go for it! If you have a passion for the Jewish community, there are lots of opportunities in the many different areas of Jewish life. And if you are creative and driven, you will definitely find something worthwhile out there.
When you’re not being a professional superstar, where can we find you?
At Starbucks drinking any kind of coffee drink and reading a book. I admit that with a Starbucks on every other corner, you can’t easily find me, but most likely I am there 🙂
Who would be in your Jewish Real World house?
Best question ever! How many do I get? If it is only 4 (plus me!), I would want to make it a very funny Jewish Real World House. I would invite some of my favorite Hollywood stars like Jonah Hill, Sacha Baron Cohen, Seth Green, and Sarah Silverman. And of course, the house would be in Jerusalem, Israel.
What four questions do you wish had been asked during the Passover Seder?
With Passover still on my mind, I would ask these questions.
1) A question for Moses: How old were you really, Moses, when you led the Israelites out of slavery?
2) A question for the Israelites: Did you realize that thousands of years later, your decision to run from Pharaoh would impact my ability to eat cake for a week?
3) A question for Pharaoh: How does it feel for you each year when we talk about you around the seder table?
4) A question for Miriam: After you felt redemption from slavery and sang your famous song, did the tune ever get stuck in your head? ‘Cause that happens to me all the time.
Tell us about yourself
I was born and raised in Florida and continued onto college at the University of Florida. Naturally that makes me a diehard Gator fan. I am also a huge Tampa sports fan, music lover, and closet wannabe hipster. I have been living in DC for four years now and I work at an accounting/consulting firm in the forensic fraud group. I like long walks on the beach and pina coladas.
What was your first reaction when you heard you were going to be a JGOTW?
It went a little like this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vqkkC2OCC2A
We’ve heard that you are special- that you’re somewhat of a celebrity…
Indeed once upon a time I was-but not for being Jewish. Back when I was in elementary school in Tampa, Florida, I along with two of my friends won a national contest that won our elementary school a year’s supply of apples (heyyo passover). The contest was called the Lunch Box Derby and the contest was to build a car out of fruits and vegetables and roll it down a ramp. We ended up setting a national record when we participated in the local Tampa race. That won us a 5 day all-expense paid trip to Chicago which culminated in a face-off with 3 other teams around the country in a battle of the best fruitcar. My team and I ended up winning the winner-take-all race in Chicago by a mere 6 inches! For all of this, we were on Good Morning America, not to mention a bunch of other random news programs across the country. My parents phone rang off the hook over the next week as friends and family who were not aware of my newfound celebrity status were calling after catching glimpses of our team becoming national Lunch Box Derby champions. Somewhere, buried away in my parents’ closet, the footage exists. So that makes me something like a C-list celebrity, right?
Speaking of celebrities, is it true that you asked out someone famous?
Again, you heard correct. Unfortunately the story did not turn out as one would hope. The very first girl I asked out ended up becoming an American Idol finalist who shall not be named. I was in 6th grade and nervous as anything and I remember feeling relieved once I uttered the words: “would you like to be my girlfriend?” Needless to say, 15 years later I realize my words were very forward. But I digress, I got a polite “no thank you” and remember thinking to myself (and quite possibly said aloud), “hey- at least I asked!” Not two hours later, the little minx was spotted holding hands with my best friend (Damn you, Luke!)! Now, if you’re feeling bad for me because my best friend stole my wishful girlfriend, there is no need. The joke was on him! As I have come to find out, the only thing that Ms. American Idol and I ever had in common was that we both like women.
Tablet magazine is having a contest for four new questions you’d like to ask at the seder. What would you choose?
1) Why is Elijah late to the seder every year? You would think after thousands of years the guy would at least learn that it’s rude to always be late.
2) Why, oh why, when the ancient Israelites fled Egypt, could they not have brought something savory with them instead of matzoh?
3) What were the Israelites first thoughts when they grabbed the unleavened bread and tasted it? Seriously.
4) Why did the Matzoh quit his job? Because he didn’t get a raise! Ba-da boom. I am retiring on that one.
The dance team of former Jewish Girl of the Week Nikki is in contention for a cash prize. Vote for her team today by clicking on this link and selecting DTSB (you can vote once a day, and if her team gets above 1000 votes, it is guaranteed some money).
Team name: Dana Tai Soon Burgess & Company (website)
So you can think you can sing (and you’re Jewish and between the ages of 16 and 26)? Then prove it. The Hallelujah-Global Jewish singing contest is now open, so submit your entry today.
Hallelujah is a global singing competition created to find the next Jewish Superstar. The Hallelujah competition will accept singers from all seven continents, Jewish talents from all over the world. Thousands of talented young Jewish singers from all over the world will submit their videos. The ones the judges like will be granted a live audition.
You are competing against young Jewish singers from all over the world over 30 unique spots. Being in the final 30 means you are coming to Israel to become a star.
To enter, visit the contest’s Facebook page.
To learn more, read this YNet article.