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Aaron: What brought you to DC?
Seth: I was brought to DC on the back of a giraffe named Jessica. We trekked from the suburbs of Baltimore to DC in the summer of 2006. Jessica and I walked to the doorstep of the George Washington University admissions office and she made the case for my acceptance to the school. Jessica and I were roommates through all 4 years of college while I was earning a degree in religion and minoring in jazz studies and guitar performance.
Aaron: We heard you work with Jewish teenagers. What’s that like?
Seth: I do work with teenagers. I am the professional staff for BBYO’s Northern Virginia Council. I work with six BBYO chapters in Fairfax and Loudoun Counties. It’s a lot of fun and very rewarding. I love that a typical day at the office for me doesn’t involve putting on a tie or even socks and there is no such thing as the daily grind. Every day is different and it’s a privilege to be able to work with teenagers who are inspired and excited by being Jewish.
Aaron: What is your favorite Jewish holiday?
Seth: My favorite Jewish holiday is Purim. Any time we’re commanded to party in observance of a holiday, I’m on board. I always have a great time celebrating Purim. Ask me about the time I did Purim in Tel Aviv and couldn’t move my legs the next day sometime. That’s a good story.
Aaron: Who is the coolest Jew?
Seth: The coolest Jew is Seth Gordon-Lipkin, but if I have to pick an alternate, I would say it’s Mel Brooks. I’m a comedy fan and aspiring stand-up comic, so Mel has always been a major role model for me. Mel Brooks has made some of the smartest and funniest movies of all time, so I sort of idolize the guy.
Aaron: Finish the sentence: When the Jews gather…
Seth: When the Jews gather… they’re all in the same place. It makes playing hide and seek really difficult.