Meet this month’s Jewish Newbie of the Week, Jonah!

I met Jonah years ago when we were both on NFTY (the Reform movement’s teen youth group) regional board. We lost touch over the years, but reconnected through a mutual friend when we were both moving to DC and looking for housing. While we didn’t end up being roommates, I’ve run into him a few times since and thought he’d be great to highlight for our feature.

Read more about Jonah, his current job as a registered nurse (RN), and his favorite museum in DC…

Shaina: After going to college in Ohio, how did you end up in DC?

Jonah: Spending 4 years in Ohio was enough for me, and it was time for something new. I applied to jobs across the country and DC ended up being one of the more promising cities with the most interesting jobs. It also helps that my sister lives here in the city.

Shaina: Now that you’re an RN, you sometimes go to bed at 3pm to get ready for your next shift. What is it like having such a crazy work schedule?

Jonah: It’s great, actually. It allows me to have a very flexible schedule. I have never been a morning person, so this allows me to sleep all day. I also have the chance to hit up all of the busy spots when everyone else is at work.

Shaina: What’s the most rewarding part of the job?

Jonah: It’s alway nice when someone comes back and says thank you, or tells me that I made a difference in their hospital stay. It’s the little things that get me through all the crazy things that happen in the ER.

Shaina: What advice would you give to someone who just moved to DC?

Jonah: There is always something to do, and there is something for everyone. Choose one thing per week and just do it. Museums, bars, hiking, parties, protests, and more.

Shaina: What is your favorite DC museum?

Jonah: Probably the Spy Museum. I first visited it years ago, and I have been a few times since. It’s a super interactive museum that is great for all ages.

Shaina: Finish the sentence – When the Jews of DC Gather…

Jonah: they discover old friends!

As a part of GatherDC’s Jewish Person of the Week feature, we are highlighting one Jewish “newbie” each month. Are you new and want to talk about getting more involved in Jewish life in DC? Sign up to grab coffee.