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Rachel: What brought you to DC?
Lior: I moved to DC from Israel thanks to my new job as a Jewish Agency Israel Fellow at the George Washington University.
Rachel: So you’re GW Hillel’s new Israel fellow. What are you most excited about?
Lior: Wow, well I can’t name one thing as there are so many. New city, new friends, new job, new challenges, but I think the thing I am most excited about is working with the GW students. I am bringing my Israel to them while at the same time learning about the students, their Israel, and their journey- I guess it’s my journey now too!
Rachel: We heard you love running races. How did you get into that?
Lior: Hahaha- I guess that is the first thing everyone knows about me. I got into running, cycling, and swimming back in 2005 when I was a counselor at Eisner Camp (also as a member of the Jewish agency). I met two crazy girls who worked with me, Charlie from England and Marrie from Sweden, and we used to run every morning about 5 to 7 miles. After camp ended, we all kept in touch and I traveled to England to cheer Charlie on for her first marathon (she did great). When I saw that she finished with a big smile on her face, I went back home and finished my first marathon 4 months later (I ran a faster time than her, but she schooled me when we completed a half ironman triathlon 2 years later). Ever since that first marathon, I fell in love with endurance sports. I always try to pick a race in a place I have never been before, this way I get to travel the world and race at the same time. If you ask me, it is definitely the best way to see everything there is to see while you travel abroad. I also have to add a thank you to my father who’s been present for most of my races no matter where they took place around the world (so thanks dad!).
Rachel: What is your favorite Jewish holiday?
Lior: My favorite holyday has to be Shavuot because I get to eat tons of cheesecake. (has to be in my top 5 favorite foods), in addition to the fact this holiday has so many different stories and has so much revolving around it.
Rachel: Who is the coolest Jew?
Lior: Who is the coolest Jew it’s a funny question, it’s also a hard question since there are so many. If I had to pick out just one Jew it would most likely be Jerry Seinfeld. I know there are way cooler Jews than him never the less we both graduated from Queens College so… I think it makes him cooler.
Rachel: Finish the sentence: When the Jews gather…
Lior: Oooooo boy……