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Rachel: What brought you to DC?
Allison: Growing up a political junkie, I always knew I wanted to live in DC at some point. After graduating from the University of Arizona, I spent a year not doing much of anything. I want to go to grad school and had to decide between DC and New York. I ended up choosing GW and fell in love with the city and the people here. I think I might be a lifer.
Rachel: You work at The Israel Project. What kinds of things does The Israel Project do?
Allison: The Israel Project’s tag line is “facts for a better future”. We make sure the media, policy makers, and the public know what is going on in Israel and the Middle East, so that Israel has a future. Shameless plug, check out TheTower.org to see the great work TIP is doing. I work in the fundraising department which isn’t super glamourous, but I love it.
Rachel: What’s your favorite way to spend Shabbat?
Allison: Now, I am usually exhausted from the work week, but spending time with friends is a typical shabbat for me. Growing up, I, like most Jewish kids I know, went to summer camp (Woo! Camp Barney Medintz). Shabbat there was the best. It was a day of relaxing and doing what you loved to do. If you wanted to go swimming, that’s what you did. I kind of take that mentality into my shabbats now. Just try to spend it doing what I love to do with the people I love.
Rachel: What is your favorite Jewish holiday?
Allison: I love Sukkot. Growing up we (my parents) would build a sukkah and my sister and I would decorate it. I just remember eating outside with friends and family. Now that I live in the city it’s a little harder to celebrate, but I still love eating outside.
Rachel: Who is the coolest Jew?
Allison: Well I can’t narrow it down to one so here is a short list: Jon Stewart, Michael Oren, Joshua Malina and my grandparents.
Rachel: Finish the sentence: When the Jews gather…
Allison: There better be enough food… or else!