Jewish Girl of the Week – Karen

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Rachel: What brought you to DC?
Karen: I’m originally from the DMV area (Rockville, MD), but what made me stay here was a summer internship after my junior year at UMD that turned into a job after graduation.  Also I absolutely love this area, and this city.  There is so much growth and development happening right now and it’s just exciting to witness that transformation.

Rachel: You’re involved in Friends of the IDF.  Can you tell us more about that?
Karen: Yes!  I am involved in the DC Young Leadership chapter of FIDF (Friends of the Israel Defense Forces).  FIDF is an amazing organization that raises money to support the educational and recreational needs of soldiers serving in the IDF. As a matter of fact, our Summer Happy Houris coming up on Wednesday August 21 at Redline (Chinatown) and everyone is welcome! There will be a $5 cover & proceeds go towards providing 10 IDF Soldiers with a week of relaxation and fun through the SPIRIT Program. RSVP here:

bali 1Rachel: You just returned from Thailand.  What were you doing there?
Karen: I have been wanting to travel to that part of the world for years, but actually this trip was spur of the moment for me…my sister was going to Singapore on a work trip so I decided to join her and together we traveled to Thailand and Bali.  Both places are so beautiful and the people are the most hospitable people you’ve ever met.  I definitely want to go back to Southeast Asia at some point since a couple of weeks was not enough time to see everything..not even close!

Rachel: What is your favorite Jewish holiday?
Karen: Growing up it was Lag BaOmer because our Kibbutz (Ein Carmel) had a big party around a bonfire every year, and my Dad would make me a bow and arrow out of some tree branches.  I’m told I had wicked aim for a 5 year old.  Now, it’s the high holidays of Rosh Hashana and Passover because that’s when I get to see my extended family all together.

Rachel: Who is the coolest Jew?
Karen: Larry David…no matter how annoying or ridiculous his antics are on Curb, I can’t help but laugh.  Coolest Jew and Senior Citizen, hands down.

Rachel: Finish the sentence: When the Jews gather..
Karen: We work hard and play harder!

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