Jewish Girl of the Week – Julia

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Rachel: What brought you to DC?
Julia: I’m a 4th generation Washingtonian!  I may have gone away for college, but I was always coming back (how adorable is my family in our matching shirts from Grandma’s 85th?!)!

Rachel: You’re running a marathon to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Can you tell us more about it?
Julia: The whole thing was besheret.  I showed up with some friends at an event to add people to the bone marrow donor registry in honor of our friend Mira – it’s often hard for minorities, Jews in particular, to find a bone marrow match and Mira was lucky enough to eventually match both times that she needed a donor.  It just happened that we were volunteering at the kickoff of the Fall Season for Team in Training (TNT), one of the biggest fundraisers for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS).  By the time I left the event, I had a strong feeling I would be running the 2013 Marine Corps Marathon with TNT.  Before I quite knew what had happened, I was signed up and had started fundraising for LLS in memory of my friend Mira, whom I lost to leukemia.  Running for a purpose makes getting out the door to run 5 miles before work that much easier, and I’ve met some wonderful people through Team in Training!

Rachel: You’re also blogging about your marathon training. How has blogging impacted your training?img205
Julia: In the beginning I started the blog ( to keep myself honest about my training, and posted after each workout.  I’ve relaxed a bit in terms of my posting regularly, but still blog relatively often as motivation and to let my donors monitor my progress.  It’s also a space for reflecting about my friend Mira, whose remission enabled her to graduate college and live abroad in Paris before the cancer came back with a vengeance.

Rachel: What is your favorite Jewish food?
Julia: The Friday after Thanksgiving my mom does a killer Shabbat dinner with roasted chicken and her delicious challah stuffing!  Yom Kippur Break the Fast is her holiday (with our huge extended family, each family has a holiday that is theirs to host annually) and the spread is so good that fasting is the only way to have enough room to sample it all!

Rachel: Who is the coolest Jew?
Julia: I love the one(s) I’m with!

That being said, most of the coolest Jews I know have donated in support of my fundraising efforts for LLS (my Grandmother, a couple Crantzs, Erica Gordon, some Gittlesons, Mike Weinberg, Matt Solomon, Jon Halperin, Amy Garber, and the list goes on and on!)!

Rachel: Finish the sentence: When the Jews gather…
Julia: Anything can happen… and usually does!

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