Rachel: What brought you to DC?
Ian: I originally came to DC as a cook at Komi then stayed because it seemed like the best place to discover how much I wouldn’t like working in a law firm.
Rachel: We heard you attended your first ever Passover seder this year. How was it?
Ian: First seder was awesome and Josh Gibbs did a hell of a job leading it and asking the four questions, too. Can’t say I’m a huge fan of gefilte fish, but Manischewitz is the best. I never thought I could get drunk from grape juice.
Rachel: You’ve volunteered a few times with GTJ. What inspired you to become involved with the DC Jewish community?
Ian: I grew up in a place where Jews just didn’t exist and I was raised to keep that half of me on the down low. After being overseas for years and becoming comfortable being exactly who I am, I decided I wanted to join the Jewish community here and I was lucky enough to have some great friends in it already.
Rachel: What is your favorite Jewish food?
Ian: Bagels! When I was in middle school, I ruptured my spleen and spent a few weeks in the hospital. It was a long time before I was able to eat solid food but when I could, I ate nothing but bagels for the first week.
Rachel: Who is the coolest Jew?
Ian: The coolest Jew has got to be the Hebrew Hammer. Period.
Rachel: Finish the sentence: When the Jews gather…
Ian: When the Jews gather you can really clean up if you’re selling hair-straightening products.