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Aaron: What brought you to DC?
Shira: I moved to DC from Florida to get my M.S. in Mathematics & Statistics from Georgetown. It’s not as nerdy as it sounds.
Aaron: You got your graduate degree in Georgetown and decided to stay in DC. Why?
Shira: DC is just a great city. Not too big, not too small and there’s so much history and culture. Not everyone can say they have been to Teddy Roosevelt’s old house (Eighteenth Street Lounge) for happy hour. I can’t imagine being anywhere else at this point in my life.
Aaron: Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Shira: Opening a bakery? I love baking, so it’s kind-of a dream of mine. I also want start writing a baking blog…someday (or when I’m done catching up on Homeland).
Aaron: Who is the coolest Jew?
Shira: Roy Lichtenstein is by far the coolest Jew. I was so excited when I heard his exhibit will be featured in DC. I have already seen it twice and anyone who hasn’t been should go, it’s free! Spike Mendelsohn is a close second. He is just so cool.
Aaron: Where are you for Chanukah?
Shira: Going home to Jacksonville! My mom makes the best latkes.
Aaron: We heard you have family in Israel. What are your thoughts on the current situation
Shira: The situation in Israel is near and dear to my heart. My entire extended family and two of my brothers are currently living in Israel. Israel has no choice but to defend and protect its existence. That being said, the death of innocent civilians (on both sides) is heartbreaking. I pray and hope for peace.
Aaron: When are you going back to Israel?
Shira: This summer! I go every summer and I look forward to it all year. Do you want me to get you anything while I’m there? Pop rocks chocolate?