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Rachel: What brought you to DC?
Alexi: I am originally a California girl, but came out to DC study International Affairs at GW. With the exception of a one-year stint in Tel Aviv, I have been in DC ever since. After graduation I moved out of Foggy Bottom over to Mount Vernon Square and can often be found bbq’ing on the Meridian roof, sampling fruit at Eastern Market, or planning my next trip to Israel.
Rachel: What is your favorite Jewish holiday?
Alexi: Yom Ha’atzmaut, when celebrated in Israel. There is just something about that moment when the sun sets and Yom HaZikaron ends and Yom Ha’atzmaut begins and everyone comes out to celebrate the independent State of Israel that is just so unique and magical. Street parties that last throughout the night definitely don’t hurt, either.
Rachel: What is your favorite Jewish food?
Alexi: I know frozen yogurt isn’t technically “Jewish food,” but Tamara on Ben Yehuda street in Tel Aviv is located in Israel so I think that counts, and I dream about it often.
Rachel: Who is the coolest Jew?
Alexi: This is an easy one – my great grandparents! They left Poland in the 1930’s, founded a kibbutz, and helped to build the state of Israel. It doesn’t get much cooler than that in my book.
Rachel: Finish the sentence: When the Jews gather…
Alexi: Don’t forget to bring the snacks!