Jewish Professional of the Week – Abby

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If you have spent some time at Sixth and I, you will recognize this week’s Jew of the Week. Abby joined the Sixth & I team this past summer as their Jewish Programming Event Planner. She comes to DC with an MSW and a passion for performing. Learn more about Abby in our interview with the Jewish Professional of the Week!

Jackie: You are a new arrival to DC. How are you liking the city so far?

Abby: I came to DC from St. Louis this summer after completing my MSW at Wash U and spending five months working with Rick Recht at Jewish Rock Radio. I am thrilled about my decision to move to DC. It is such an awesome, welcoming city with so many options for great areas to explore and numerous ways to stay active. Since moving here I have developed a never-ending list of amazing restaurants, joined a new rock climbing gym, and I live walking distance to Whole Foods and Trader Joes. What more could you want?

Jackie: What led you to become a Jewish professional?

Abby: I grew up actively involved in the St. Louis Jewish community because my mom worked for the JCC and later for Jewish Federation. I went to JCC Day Camps and Camp Sabra, was active in BBYO and Hillel at Indiana University. I have a passion for working with children with disabilities – especially youth theater – and didn’t necessarily plan to work in the Jewish community. I now realize that it is inspiring to be part of a work environment where I share values with colleagues, and the entire staff is amazingly accepting and supportive.

shabbat-centerpiecesJackie: You have already helped plan some amazing events at Sixth & I including Shabbat dinners, parties, and celebrations. What do you believe is central to create a warm inviting place?

Abby: You have to start with being consistently friendly to everyone who walks through the door. Everyone wants to feel comfortable and accepted for who they are. I also enjoy paying attention to details from the food options, room set-up, and decorations. It’s important to use our Event Assistants and volunteer Ambassadors to help create the desired culture.

Jackie: What has been your favorite event so far?

Abby: High Holidays actually stand out to me as one of my favorite events to have organized so far. This was my first huge event to tackle at Sixth & I. It was fulfilling to see the hard work put in by ALL the Sixth & I staff and incredible to have created meaningful services and programming for over 4,000 community members.

Jackie What makes Sixth & I different?

sanctuary1Abby: First, the magnificent sanctuary certainly makes events at Sixth & I uniquely special. Sixth & I is also a place of never-ending innovation. We are constantly developing inspiring programming, responding quickly to needs in the community and seeking new ways to elevate and design events that keep participants involved and curious to see what’s next. We’re also very clear on our mission of inclusiveness and prioritizing ways for young adults to feel connected to Jewish life.

Jackie: Any exciting behind-the-scene secrets you can share with us?

Abby: Taking risks and being flexible towards change are both key when creating inventive and exciting events.

Jackie: You have always had a passion for performing arts. How do you pursue that passion outside of work?

Abby: Currently, my main outlet for the performing arts is attending and seeing shows. I am still figuring out the best way to stay connected to theater and music in DC. I love dance and choreography and working with kids and teens. Also, I look forward to using my theater background for some future Sixth & I Events. In the meantime, I am planning to take some dance classes and make new connections in the DC art world. If you know anyone looking for a choreographer…you know where to find me.

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Jackie: I noticed you front and center in the Pantsuit Flash Mob. How did you end up in that great YouTube video?

Abby: My mom actually sent me a Facebook post about the flash mob because my former neighbor from St. Louis was the organizer. I decided to go ahead and jump at the opportunity to do something fun and uplifting during the craziness of the election. This was actually my third flash mob experience and each previous time had been a blast and I thought it would be fun to dance in my new city. I just ended up being the lead dancer because of all of my show choir experience. I am very happy with how it all came together and applaud the incredible team behind the production.

Finish the sentence: When the Jews Gather…relationships develop, meaningful conversations ensue and memorable experiences are shared.

Our Interfaith Relationship with America

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The hardest part about being in a relationship is navigating differences. But those differences also give each relationship its dynamic, creative energy that ultimately sustains it.

This past week, I was in Israel helping to lead a group of 18 couples on a program called Honeymoon Israel. Of each couple, at least one of the partners had never been to Israel before. The goal of the program is to allow each couple to explore their individual and shared relationship with Judaism and Israel as they think about what their future lives and family together might look like. Representative of the current demographics of American Jews, most couples are interfaith and most of the Jewish participants identify more as “cultural Jews” than as “religious Jews.”

The first night we arrived, we heard a talk from Avraham Infeld about the challenge of being a modern Jew in America. He posed the question: How can we have a rich Jewish identity while still being engaged with the secular society in which we live? He mentioned that this challenge is relatively recent (before the enlightenment, Jews didn’t have an option to identify with a nationality or ethnicity other than “Jewish”). It’s also one that we as Jews still haven’t figured out (most American Jews today either don’t see a contradiction between their American and Jewish identities or clearly prioritize one over the other).

On a free evening last week, I went to visit a friend who lives in Jerusalem. He moved to Israel after determining that being a religious Jew in America was too challenging for him. The cost (financially and socially) of sending his future kids to Jewish day school or Jewish camp, of eating only at kosher restaurants, etc. was simply too high for him in America. Jewish education is free and kosher restaurants are everywhere. As a result, Jewish identity in Israel just happens and doesn’t require a lot of sacrifice or particular intentionality.

I thought about my friend when, a few days later during a full-group discussion, one participant argued that interfaith couples, unlike couples where both partners are Jewish, can’t simply assume that their children will be raised Jewish. He said that being interfaith requires intentionality, negotiation and compromise in every single decision they make as parents. Despite the negative rhetoric that exists in many parts of the Jewish community about interfaith relationships, these couples are faced with questions and conversations that are often ignored by two Jewish partners. Perhaps the very fact that Jewish identity doesn’t “just happen” for these couples can paradoxically lead to a more intentional Jewish identity than the one of my friend in Jerusalem.

I wonder if being Jewish in America is like being in an interfaith relationship. Our country’s culture isn’t Jewish, so we have to work hard to define and maintain our Jewish identity. There’s always the temptation to drop our Jewishness or move to a Jewish society — where the tension between personal identity and the dominant culture doesn’t exist. But I think it’s possible that this very tension can create a deeper relationship with Judaism. Confronting our differences, whether between us and our partner or us and our society, can be the beginning of transformational growth.

The Personal Finance Checklist To Make Sure You’re Financially Healthy

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Back in October, I attended the Millennial Week Unconference in Washington, DC. I walked away with a lot of exciting ideas for my financial coaching business. I also met some really cool people and got to hear several inspirational speakers. One of the speakers, Learnvest CEO (and my hero) Alexa Von Tobel, gave us a financial checklist to get through before starting a business.

I found this list incredibly helpful, but I also wanted to tweak it so that it can apply to anyone — not just people starting a business. It’s hard to get your money right when you don’t know where to start, so hopefully this list will serve to help anyone who’s just starting to think about taking control of their finances. Or, if you’ve had a financial hiccup, maybe seeing these steps written out will help you get back on track. Here you go!

  1. Find your money

How many credit cards do you have? How much money do you owe? Where’s that 401k from your first job? How much are you actually spending every month? These are all super important things for you to know. Before you start making any financial changes, you need to know where your money currently is, and where it is going.

  1. Organize your accounts

Now that you know where your money is, life will be a lot easier if you have it all in one place. Create an account on a budgeting website like Learnvest, Mint, or You Need A Budget. Link all of your accounts — credit cards, bank accounts, retirement accounts, etc. This way, you only have to go to ONE place to check up on all of your accounts. You can see if there are suspicious charges, or if you are nearing your spending limit for the month.

  1. Figure out what your goals are

It’s hard to know where your money should be going if you don’t know where you want it to go. So, do some soul searching — answer some questions for yourself. These answers will help clarify what your financial goals should be. Here are some examples:

What kind of life do you want to live?

What financial issues are causing you the most stress?

Do you want to own a home?

What are the top 5 things on your bucket list?

  1. Create a budget

Now that you know where your money is, and where you want it to go, it’s time to create the framework to make that happen. Your budget will outline how much comes in every month, as well as how much goes out. It will specify (based on your needs and priorities) how much you should be spending on what. You should come back to it every month and adjust as necessary. (There are plenty of budget spreadsheet resources online, and I’d even be happy to send you one — email me!)

  1. Make sure you’re saving for retirement

When you’re young, retirement can seem so far away that it’s not worth preparing for. But honestly, the earlier you start saving for retirement, the better off you’ll be. As they say, compound interest is your friend! If your company offers a 401k or 403b, especially if they offer a match amount, take advantage. Invest at least up to the match amount offered. If you don’t work somewhere with a retirement plan, open an IRA and start contributing now. It doesn’t have to be a lot of money! Every little bit counts, especially when you’re young. This is not something to ignore until you’re in your forties. If you’re looking for an IRA that doesn’t have a minimum initial investment, try out WorthFM!

  1. Start paying down debt

If you have credit card debt, you should start paying that down. That could mean just paying a little bit more than the minimum every month at first. Slow and steady wins the race. You can’t do everything immediately. But any additional payments will make a difference, and once you’re on your way to being out of credit card debt, you’re on your way to financial freedom. (Check out the snowball method for tips on how to pay down your debt gradually.)

  1. Build an emergency savings account

I am very passionate about emergency savings. This account should have 3-12 months of your expenses in it. Of course, you can’t save that kind of money over night, so you have to start small and build it gradually. Start with a goal of $1,000, since that feels more achievable than $10,000. Even if you only have an extra $25 a month, automate it to go into your savings account. Set it and forget it, and as you start to earn more (or owe less in debt), you can increase your contribution. This will protect you from unforeseen events, and give you peace of mind.

  1. Get insurance

You should have any insurance that is appropriate for your lifestyle. We’re all required to have health insurance now, but there are many other types of insurance you should also be thinking about. If you have children, you should absolutely have life insurance. Do you rent your home? Definitely get renters’ insurance. It is very affordable, and can save your butt if anything bad happens to your home (like a fire or robbery). (I use State Farm in case you just need somewhere to start.)

  1. NOW start thinking about investing

Retirement planning is an investment, but I have had a lot of clients ask me about investing in the stock market separately. There are several new apps out there, like RobinHood, Acorns, and ElleVest, that make investing easier for those who don’t have a ton of money to spare. I personally have been using Acorns for a few months because it’s simple to use, but that is only because I’ve already been through steps 1-8! You don’t have to worry about investing until you have paid off your credit card debt, built up your emergency savings, and prioritized retirement saving. You won’t see enough of an immediate return from this type of investment for it to be more important than paying off debt and having a savings cushion.

Am I missing anything? Are there other steps that are important to you? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter!

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Become an Open Doors Fellow!

The Open Doors Fellowship deepens social connections and provides concierge services for Jewish life in DC to those in their 20s & 30s.

Right now, we’re looking for the next diverse cohort of Jewish connectors!

Apply today.

As an Open Doors Fellow, you will:

  • RetreatPicConnect and build relationships with young Jews across the DC area
  • Build inclusive and welcoming community
  • Create innovative Jewish experiences
  • Explore Jewish DC + further your own Jewish connections
  • Impact the landscape of DC’s Jewish life
  • Receive financial support for your initiatives, personal and professional development, mentorship, skill-building, and more

Here’s what past Fellows had to say about their experience

“The Fellowship allowed me to affect the Jewish Community by encouraging me to listen to the community’s needs, and providing me resources to create positive change.”

“The Open Doors Fellowship helped me remember what I love about my Judaism, as well as learn how to work with others to create a Jewish community that speaks more deeply to more of us.” 

“As fellows, we are hubs of the networks of relationships in the DC Jewish community. It was amazing to see how the connections we help facilitate between individuals in the community could quickly multiply into so many new connections.” 

Benefits of becoming a Fellow:

  • Open Doors FellowshipImmersive training in a retreat setting outside of the city – professional skills, team building, resource mapping, and more
  • Access to human and financial resources to support your relationship and community building
  • Jewish learning opportunities and resources (all backgrounds encouraged to apply!)
  • capstone experience or trip at the conclusion of the Fellowship
  • Follow-through after the Fellowship has concluded

Here’s all it takes:

  • The Fellowship will begin the final week of January 2017 with bi-weekly meetings until May
  • One weekend of immersive training March 24th – 26th
  • Approximately 5 – 6 hours per week including
    • Fellows meetings 2x per month
    • Relationship building with diverse range of young Jewish adults in DC
    • Relationship Management
    • Serve as a Greeters for new arrivals to DC
    • Create personally relevant Jewish initiatives around a topic or issue that matters to your community
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8 Unique Hanukkah Gifts from Fig Tree and Vine

Stuck for cool holiday gift ideas that won’t break your budget?  Fig Tree & Vine (FT&V) is an online resource for Jewish lifestyle content, curated artisanal Judaica and products from around the world, with an emphasis on Israeli artisans. Founder and CEO Danielle Crittenden Frum has selected 8 unique and beautiful gifts in honor of each night of Hanukkah.

FT&V is offering a 10% discount on every item for GatherDC members. Use discount code GATHERDC at check out.  

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Hanukkah Guide 2016

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The festival of lights is right around the corner! That means that there are plenty of events happening to celebrate. We hope to see you around the city at some of them. We will be updating this list as we go, so be sure to check back regularly.

Don’t see your event listed? Submit them here.

Sunday, December 18

Monday, December 19

Tuesday, December 20

Thursday, December 22

Saturday, December 24

Sunday, December 25

Monday, December 26

Tuesday, December 27

Wednesday, December 28

Thursday, December 29

Friday, December 30

Don’t see your event listed? Submit them here.

Syrian Mehshi Kusa – Stuffed Zucchini Recipe

This week, Sephardic Jews in DC will be co-hosting a Sephardic Shabbat service and dinner for
for young professionals with DC Chabad to celebrate Syrian Jewish heritage and cuisine.

Did you know that there is a long and rich history of Jewish in Syria? Jews have lived in Syria for thousands of years, and the cuisine has been heavily influenced by both trade in the region and by Arab, Iberian, and Moorish cuisine. The Shabbat dinner meal will feature dishes from this ancient Jewish community and a discussion on what life was like for the Jews that resided in Syria for thousands of years. Additionally, services will be led in the traditional Syrian style by a community member whose family descends from Syria. For more info on this event, please visit the Chabad event page and register at YPShabbat.com.

The recipe below will be featured at Friday’s dinner. It is a healthier version of a classic Syrian Jewish dish, Mehshi Kusa.

This dish was introduced to me by a Syrian friend a few years ago, and I fell in love with it right away. The flavor profiles on the dish are very complex, yet the preparation and ingredients are super simple.

Turkish Jews also eat many stuffed 15267720_10109784231308841_2744425788103467914_nvegetable dishes (usually tomatoes, bell peppers, eggplants, or grape leaves) so, right away I loved the concept of stuffing zucchnis (I love cooking Turkish food!). What really makes this dish unique is the very interesting flavors of the sauce and meat mixture.

The original recipe is already fairly healthy, but as someone who doesn’t eat a ton of rice I loved how easy it was to substitute cauliflower rice without changing the flavor profile of the dish. You can also use ground turkey or chicken meat instead of beef. If you’re a vegetarian I’m sure you can even substitute a meatless stuffing as well.

So here is my version, keep in mind that it’s fairly similar to the original with only a few modifications.

INGREDIENTS

  • 8 medium/large zucchini, cored and chopped in 2/3 segments
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice15337662_10109784231298861_2462224001703849931_n
  • 3 tablespoon tamarind paste (substitute juice of 2 lemons or pomegranate molasses)
  • 1 tablespoon honey (optional)
  • 1.5 cup of tomato sauce
  • 1.5 cup of water
  • 1/2 cup of finely diced onion
  • 2 tablespoons garlic
  • 1 tablespoon Baharat spice mixture
  • 1/4 cup of canola or vegetable oil (olive/grapeseed/avocado are okay to use as well)

Hashu (Beef mixture)

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 cup cauliflower rice (or regular white basmati rice)
  • 1 tablespoon Baharat spice mixture
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon white pepper
  • 1/4 cup of pine nuts (check for bugs)
  • 1/4 cup of finely diced dried apricots (I use my food processor for this – just make sure  to open them and check your apricots for bugs)
  • 2 tablespoons of chopped garlic (about 4 cloves)
  • 1/2 cup of yellow onion – very finely diced (You can use a food 15349571_10109784231303851_1966394711208807097_nprocessor for this as well)
  • 2 tablespoons tamarind paste

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Prepare the hashu (beef mixture) by mixing all of the ingredients together in a bowl. If using rice, make sure to thoroughly check the rice for bugs and then soak the rice in water. To soak rice, run it under cold water in a small bowl and leave uncovered for 30 minutes, rinse and then drain.

2. Begin coring zucchinis: I like to chop my zucchinis into 2 or 3 pieces since it makes it easier to stuff them. I aim for about 3-4 inches for each piece. Use a corer to scoop out a hole in the zucchini and then loosely stuff it with the hashu mixture. You don’t want to overfill it because the rice will swell as it cooks. Also make sure that you leave a bit of the core at the bottom to keep in the beef mixture. Because this is baked in an oven instead of cooked in a pot (traditional method) it doesn’t really impact the dish if you over scoop, but do your best to ensure that you leave a tiny bit of core since it will hold in the mixture better and makes for a better presentation.

Also feel free to save the zucchini cores for another dish! They taste great lightly sauteed with olive oil and garlic. In a traditional Sephardic kitchen almost nothing goes to waste.

3. Place the zucchini meat side up in a baking casserole. Ensure that there is at least an inch or so of space between the top of the zucchinis and the casserole. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and then set aside the zucchini.15317970_10109784231293871_7237091036220458634_n

4. Prepare your sauce on the stove top. Heat your oil in a medium size pot and then caramelize your onions/garlic. Once they’re golden brown, add your tomato sauce, water, tamarind, baharat, honey, salt and pepper. Cook for about 10 minutes. Make sure to taste the sauce, ideally you’re looking for a sweet/sour tomato sauce, feel free to add more honey, tamarind, salt or tomato sauce per your taste preferences.

Keep in mind that traditionally mehshi are cooked in a pot, I like to make mine in the oven because I think it’s a bit easier to cook it that way and it reduces the risk that your mehshi will burn, tear, or get too overcooked.

5. Pour the sauce mixture on top of the zucchinis, ideally covering them almost completely. If you find that there isn’t enough sauce to do that, just add a bit more water to the sauce.

6. Cover with tin foil and bake the zucchinis for about an hour and a half at 350 degrees. Make sure to check your mehshi before you serve to ensure the rice and beef mixture is fully cooked, if it’s not fully cooked, bake for another 15-20 minutes in
the oven.

7. Let sit for about 10 minutes and then serve!

Jewish Foodie of the Week – Rachel

Rachel came to DC for grad school at George Washington University in 2014. She was a part of our inaugural cohort of Open Doors Fellows. Since then, she has graduated, taken part in Gather’s inaugural Beyond the Tent Retreat, and recently returned from a trip to Japan! She is a friendly face at any Jewish community event, walking up to everyone and anyone. She spoke with us about her passion for health, wellness and organizing community.

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Jackie: Over the years, you have become interested in food and wellness. Can you tell us about your approach to this?

Rachel: I grew up in a pretty healthy household. My parents always cooked and tried to teach me what foods are nutritious and why. Don’t get me wrong, we definitely indulged and had treats. I was just able to read a nutrition label and understand what ingredients are in the foods I eat at a pretty early age, compared to most I think. Now, I feel lucky that I grew up with the knowledge and ability to make informed choices, because once I started college and had my own kitchen, I just wanted to experiment. My mom is going to be so happy when she reads this! Since then, I’ve been getting into different types of food-ing. I spiralize (transforming vegetables into noodle shapes). And started brewing kombucha, sprouting and fermenting vegetables. Those who follow me on Snapchat know!

Jackie: What has been the most interesting thing you’ve learned through food-ing?

Rachel: I learned that everything is connected, from the food that’s grown in farms, to what goes on your plate, to your hormones, your energy, mood, back pain and to that annoying pimple that pops up in the same place every once in a while. It’s all holistic. Your body is one and what you put in it matters. Just call me your wannabe stereotypical yogi!

Jackie: You recently facilitated a discussion on menstruation. Can you tell us more about that event and what prompted you to organize it?

Rachel K eventRachel: It goes back to the idea of holistic wellness. I wanted to have a conversation about the woman’s cycle since it’s something every woman encounters in her life, but each in a different way. I wanted to explore how menstruation is (or isn’t) connected to Judaism, to the rest of the body and to our daily lives. I was amazed by how open and inspiring each woman was sitting in my living room talking about periods! It was probably one of the most freeing conversations I’ve ever had.


Jackie: What advice do you have for someone who wants to run their own program?

Rachel: Never think an idea is too far fetched. Start bringing it up in daily conversations and you’ll get a gist of how you want to approach the subject. You may find like-minded people who are just as into it as you and others who gawk and walk away. Both will help you realize what you hope to achieve with your program. Yes, I was sliding menstruation into random conversations at happy hours and in my Uber pools.

RachelK_yogaJackie: What is your favorite Jewish food?

Rachel: Sweet kugel. Oh, and babka, chocolate babka. I’m addicted to chocolate and I’m really open about it.

Jackie: What drew you to be a part of the DC Jewish community?

Rachel: At first, I moved to DC and wanted to meet new people. Ever heard that one before?

Shortly after, I realized that the DC Jewish community is a highway for deep connections to amazing people who do amazing things and will take me along for the ride if I ask; for opportunities to bring internal passions to life with ample resources and support; and for Friday night Shabbat every week!

Finish the sentence: When the Jews Gather….They cook!

Soul(less) Cycle

rabbi-rant-bannerI hate to be the one to say it, but spinning is not a spiritual act.

Feeling healthy, releasing endorphins, pushing yourself to the limits… all great things. It’s important to exercise and to feel good about your body, which Hillel the Elder says is made in the image of God (Leviticus Rabbah 34:3).

But co-opting the word “soul” distracts from the fact that SoulCycle and other places like it are fundamentally focused on the physical body. Without explicit checks and balances in place, I believe that focus can lead to the opposite of spirituality: an approach to life that is concerned only with what can be seen and measured.

Certainly, a person can access spirituality through physical means. In fact, a spirituality divorced from physicality is equally as problematic as physicality trying to pass itself off as spirituality. Connecting spiritually does not require magical chants or escaping to foreign lands. Jewish spirituality, according to the Torah, is grounded in our present reality and accessible in our day-to-day lives. “It is not in the heavens… nor is it beyond the sea…” (Deuteronomy 30:12-13).

Spirituality happens in the intersection between body and soul. It connects the physical to that which lies beyond the physical. Some might call that God. Others might call that our inner conscience. And others might call that the unknown mystery of the universe.

Whatever it is, it’s really hard to connect to. And without an intentional practice, hard work and constant vigilance, that connection to beyond the physical can easily be broken.

It’s definitely nothing like riding a bike.

Do you do find spirituality in spinning and want to counter-rant? Let me know in the comments…

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Jewish Jeweler of the Week – Elana

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Elana was nominated to be the Jew of the Week by her roommate Emma, who was the past Jewish Musical Lover of the Week! Emma nominated Elana for her sense of humor and her exciting work in DC. Learn more about Elana in our interview with the Jewish Jeweler of the Week!

Jackie: You just moved to DC from Wisconsin. I know our cheese isn’t as good here so what brought you to DC?

Elana: A job! I graduated this past May from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. After graduating I spent about a month at home in Denver volunteering at Ryan Seacrest Studios in the Children’s Hospital Colorado and then made the big move out to DC in July.

Jackie: Emma told me you help run a jewelry business. Tell me more about that?

Elana: Dayna Designs is a small jewelry design and manufacturing company. We sell sterling silver collegiate jewelry for 100+ school and sororities and are just announcing our new designer line for 2017.

Jackie: What is your job at Dayna Designs?

Elana: My official role is Operations and Marketing, but given the small size of the company, the beauty is I really get to do it all! My daily operations incorporate business decisions/plans, strategy, creative/design, marketing, advertising, etc.

gather-the-jews5Jackie: Since you are new to DC, what are you excited to try out for the first time?

Elana: I haven’t been to the Zoo yet, but have heard great things about it. I am especially excited now that the Zoo Lights are open.

Jackie: Who is your favorite Jew?

Elana: My grandmother, of course.

Jackie: What is your favorite Jewish holiday?

Elana: Passover, without a doubt. My family goes all out – lots of guests, good food, lots of singing and discussions. Last year our Seder went until midnight…I didn’t make it past dinner.

Finish the sentence: When the Jews Gather…we play our favorite game of all time – Jewish geography.