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Rachel: What brought you to DC?
Seth: I did a program in DC the summer after my junior year of college and just really loved the city. I knew I wanted to end up back here after graduation and, fortunately, I was able to get a job in DC.
Rachel: You work for B’nai B’rith. Can you tell us more about that?
Seth: B’nai B’rith has a quarterly magazine—coincidentally called B’nai B’rith Magazine—that I work for. My role mostly involves editing articles and working with our freelance writers, but I get to do some writing for the magazine as well, which I really enjoy. It’s a general Jewish interest publication, so I get to write on a variety of subjects and talk to a lot of people who are doing interesting things. And B’nai B’rith does a lot of great work as well, and I get to use the magazine to convey the organization’s activities to our readership.
Rachel: Are you involved in any other DC Jewish organizations?
Seth: I’m active in DC Minyan and I’m also involved with the Young Professionals at Adas Israel. Both offer wonderful services and programs and are just great communities to be a part of.
Rachel: What’s your favorite thing about DC?
Seth: First and foremost, the Jewish community in DC is fantastic, especially for young professionals. There are so many different options available to Jews of any background, whether you’re looking for services, Jewish programs, social events or some mixture of all three. The community in DC is incredibly vibrant and diverse and welcoming. Secondly, DC, with all the memorials and iconic landmarks, really makes you feel connected to history—both real history and the stuff that happened in The West Wing.
Rachel: What’s your favorite way to spend Shabbat?
Seth: An ideal Shabbas for me would probably entail going somewhere for Friday night and Saturday morning services. Then maybe having some people over for cholent Saturday afternoon. I’d probably work in a nap somewhere in there if I’m feeling particularly crazy.
Rachel: What is your favorite Jewish food?
Seth: Definitely the aforementioned cholent. It’s easy to make—just throw anything in a crockpot—and somehow you have a magical, stew-like concoction waiting for you to devour. Additional benefits of cholent include waking up to the delightful aroma wafting throughout your apartment and ample leftovers that’ll last for days.
Rachel: Who is the coolest Jew?
Seth: Bob Dylan (aka Robert Zimmerman) is pretty awesome, if you don’t count that whole Christian phase.
Rachel: Finish the sentence: When the Jews gather…
Seth: There are a lot of happy Jewish mothers.