Jewish Resident of the Week – Jill

If you’ve been to Moishe House Bethesda, you’ve probably met Jill! She’s always smiling, ready to meet new people and is really excited to be featured as this week’s feature. Read more about her passion for community building, what it’s like being a resident of Moishe House, and her plans for the summer.

How long have you been in DC?

I relocated to DC about 3 years ago after I could no longer handle the commute from Baltimore to Bethesda – I needed more out of my day than commuting. Since moving to DC, I have fostered a love affair with the red line taking up residence in Cleveland Park, Woodley Park and now Bethesda. Surprisingly, living in Bethesda was the best choice I could have made towards living an active life daily – I barely use my car and metro issues rarely cross my radar. It is lovely.

How did you get involved with Moishe House?

My introduction to Moishe House started I’m sure the same way as many others – with a Shabbat meal. I didn’t know anyone at Moishe House and convinced my one Jewish friend in the area to go with me to this free Shabbat meal. I ended up sitting next to hysterical people and we spent the whole evening talking and laughing together. I left that Shabbat with the BEST opinion of Moishe House – and then didn’t return to another event for about a year.

Not what you expected to hear from a resident, I know, but scheduling and life get in the way sometimes – it happens. What did sit really well with me, and what I want people to take away from this story, is when I did return it was easy to integrate back into the community. Some organizations you feel weird when you disappear for a bit, but for Moishe House the door is open whenever it fits into your schedule, and that makes it a really accessible Jewish community to be a part of.

What is your favorite thing to do in DC?

There is no one favorite thing in DC, but I can share a few of my favorite things. I am so excited that summer has hit because my DC summer means 1 thing – paddleboarding on the Potomac!

I have recently discovered how easy it is to travel from Bethesda to Georgetown via the Capital Crescent Trail, so you can be sure most of my summer will be spent biking to Georgetown and hitting the water. For some indoor favorites, DC has some of my favorite dive bars. I will gladly challenge ANYONE to a competitive game of adult Jenga at Atomic Billiards ,and on Thursdays I like to attempt fame at Madam’s Organ Karaoke night. Finally, no true discussion of best things in DC would be complete without mentioning the culinary journey that is Union Market, one of my favorite ways to spend a Sunday afternoon, and a must for anyone visiting DC.

What does community building mean to you?

Community building for me means building meaningful connections. In my short time with Moishe House, my understanding of how to build those connections has evolved. I understand that it is not solely about planning events to get the biggest turnout. Rather, community building is about allowing community members to feel a sense of belonging and connection. Community building and being a community leader requires listening and flexibility as much as strong leadership.

What is the best part about living in Moishe House?

The best part about living in Moishe House are the opportunities. I am in a period of personal and professional growth right now, and I look at the Moishe House community (resident community, DC area community, US national community, the international community, etc.) as boundless opportunities to expand my professional and personal network, to expand my event marketing and community building skill set, to make an impact on the DC Jewish Community, and to foster amazing friendships.

Surprisingly, there are also massive opportunities to travel through Moishe House sponsored weekend retreats and the world wide network that the Moishe House community provides. Many of my housemates have taken advantage of the learning retreats offered by Moho. Personally, I was recently selected to attend the international resident conference in Barcelona this year. There I will get to meet, connect with, and learn from residents in the European Moishe Houses about how they build a strong Jewish community. Then, through Moishe House, I am able to come back to DC and focus on building a stronger connection to our international community. I’m so grateful and excited for this opportunity and can’t wait to return to the states and share what I learned with you all – definitely one of the best parts of being a Moishe House resident.

What is your favorite Jewish holiday?

Hands down – Passover. I love the food, family, and songs.

I hear you’re looking for a new resident. What does it look like to be a resident in a Moishe House?

It looks like growth and new opportunities. Being a Moishe House resident provides you with a new array of options that, if willing to maximize on, can open professional and personal doors for you and provide a platform for your own personal growth. On a month to month basis Moishe House involves planning meaningful events for you community, connecting to community members, leveraging skill sets and developing new skills to support your community and events. As the resident, you own what that means to you. It could be anything from attending every Jewish Young Professionals happy hour to meet and connect with new and established community members to picking up a weekly blog on life in Moishe House that would promote your community and passions. As a resident, you are in the driver’s seat for the community you build and the resident experience you will have.

Do you have any fun summer plans?

Travel. Travel. Travel. I am a marketing manager for a federal government contractor and summer is conference season, so I will be bouncing around the US attending various events, and tying them into fun travel when possible.  I am currently trying to go hiking at the Grand Canyon with a conference in Anaheim; I’m really hoping I can make that work, as 3 days exploring the grand canyon would be life changing!

Complete the sentence: When Jews of DC Gather…we are either early or late, but rarely on time.

Jewish Artist of the Week – Rose

You may not have met Rose in-person, but you have likely seen her art around the city. This Jewish Artist of the Week sits down with us to talk about the art scene in DC, where you can see her art and how she connects to her Judaism.

How long have you lived in DC?

I am a DC native! Born on Capitol Hill, and raised in NW, Chevy Chase DC to be exact. 

What are some ways in which you connect with your Judaism?

My father was (and still is) my most significant connection to Judaism. He would cook Shabbat feasts every Friday growing up, and we would host a myriad of friends and family around our dining room table. Those experiences, along with attending Sunday School, services, and of course my Bat Mitzvah, have had an influential effect on how I live my life today. I love hosting small gatherings, having critical dialogues, questioning the status quo and brainstorming action are things I feel grounded in from my Jewish education and experience. I have engaged with the amazing work of Jews United for Justice on a few occasions and enjoy returning to synagogue for high holy day services at Sixth and I Historic Synagogue each year to reinforce my connection to Judaism and the role I can play as an active participant in the narrative. 

Tell me about your art! How would you define your style and what inspires your work?

I love art with every fabric of my being! I always have. I would define myself as a painter but am recently exploring ceramics and sculpture. I love working with large scale and have about 7 murals displayed in the DC area. I am drawn to public art that can be appreciated by many people, day after day and year after year. Content wise – I enjoy people and the human figure. I strive to make art that carries a message. I never tire of a face and a story it can tell. Art for me is a form of expression that crosses language and cultural borders and a critical tool for social influence and change.  

What are some of your favorite projects that you have worked on?

I painted a mural at the Mitch Snyder Homeless shelter last year as part of a MuralsDC grant. I photographed folks from the shelter and painted them on the wall. The entire experience was enlightening and solidified the importance of working directly with my DC community and using art to shed light on various populations. 

What’s it like being an artist in Washington, DC? What do you see as the advantages and disadvantages?

I think being an artist in DC is both excellent and tough at the same time. There is money in this city, and the DC government treats its artists quite well compared to other cities across the country. The pool of artists is much smaller than NY or LA, so I am a bigger fish. The flip side is that the cost of living is so high that it can be unsustainable for artists to live (and make a living) inside District lines.

When did you know you wanted to be an artist? How did you get started?

I started drawing and painting around six years old and haven’t really stopped. That being said, I didn’t think of it as a viable career until college. Only then did I see examples of artists making a living from their work and knew that is what I wanted to do. I hustled after college with part time jobs, building my freelance portfolio and participating in gallery shows. After four years I made the leap to full-time artist. 

Do you have any work you want people to know about right now?

I have a show coming up at the Mansion at Strathmore opening June 10th. The show runs until August 4th. Follow me for updates on @rose_inks. My website portfolio is www.rosejaffe.com

What do you love about DC?

The amount of green space, the diversity, the small size. 

What’s one thing you would change about DC?

The transient population that does not invest time or money into the rich history and culture of this city. 

What’s the one thing you can’t get through the day without?

Other than art???? Yoga. 

The views and opinions expressed in this blog and on this website are solely those of the original authors. These views and opinions do not necessarily represent those of the organization GatherDC, the GatherDC staff, the GatherDC board, and/or any/all contributors to this site.

Jewish Library Lover of the Week – Sally

Most days, you can find Sally at the library… organizing scavenger hunts, punk shows and 3-D printing classes. We sat down to hear more about her position as Development and Communications Specialist for DC Public Library Foundation and to learn about her life in DC!

You’re from NY originally. What brought you to DC and how long have you been here?

I moved to DC a little over four years ago at the beginning of Obama’s second term – it felt like a lot of millennials were making the same move during this time. It’s a bit cliché to say I came to DC looking for more meaningful, mission-driven work, but that’s basically the truth! I was ready to leave my corporate marketing job in NYC. I also had a couple of very close friends from college who were living here, so having some built-in support made the transition easier. I began applying for government and non-profit jobs, and I ended up accepting an offer from the DC Public Library to help launch a city-wide early literacy initiative. I love NYC and my family is near there (in the suburbs), but I have no plans to move back.  

You just returned from a trip to Morocco. What did you see or learn that you will bring back to your life here?

Before this visit to Morocco, I hadn’t left the country in six or seven years. The trip was a good reminder for me to prioritize travel a little more and save/budget accordingly because there is no substitute for physically visiting and absorbing a new place. The culture in Morocco is perhaps the most hospitable I have ever experienced. Everyone is very warm and eager to share their cities, food and traditions with tourists. There’s always time for afternoon tea; no one is ever in a rush. This is very different from the east coast mode of operation!

Since my return, I’m trying to slow down, enjoy more simple moments, and take time for mint tea breaks.  I was reminded of another lesson that always seems to come up when traveling abroad. You have to be at peace with what you cannot control because things almost never go according to plan, especially when relying on public transportation and Mother Nature.

Tell us about your job with the DC Public Library! What do you do there?

After working in the Library’s Marketing Department on the initial phase of the Sing, Talk and Read DC early literacy campaign, I moved over to the DC Public Library Foundation – the Development Department at the library. My role focuses on developing public and private programs designed to attract the next generation of library users and supporters. I get to work with our brilliant librarians and community partners to market and execute a variety of programs including free concerts, co-working for local creatives, author events, Fab Lab happy hours, fundraisers, and more. Come fall, I’ll be working on our second annual city-wide banned book scavenger hunt in celebration of Banned Books Week.

Every day is different and our program offerings are always evolving. I created the @dcpl_literati Instagram account as a way to promote some of these unique library programs to a new audience. I also manage less interesting but necessary administrative stuff, like the Foundation’s accounts payable and receivable and our donor database.

When many people think about a library, they think–obviously–of books , but DC’s library is so much more, right?

Public libraries are safe, egalitarian spaces that cater to the needs of the community. Nowadays this increasingly includes digital literacy and access to technology.

The DC Public Library is a very innovative system when it comes to leading the makerspace movement in libraries. With a DC Public Library card, you can take classes ranging from PowerPoint Basics to 3D printing, record music in the Studio Lab, print your own novel using the self-publishing machine, and so much more. As a history nerd, I love our Washingtoniana and Black Studies Special Collections, which house everything from the DC Music Archive to old photographs and oral histories. Library visitors can come for the free internet and stay for the documentary screening or the punk show in the basement. This intersection of free educational and cultural opportunities is what makes the DC Public Library such an important, local institution. 

Are the renovations at MLK making things crazy for you right now?

Definitely! From a public perspective, that location, at the convergence of every metro line, was the most central in the city. The departments and resources that were housed at the MLK Library are now scattered throughout the District in interim spaces. Communicating all of these changes and updates to the public is challenging. We also no longer have a central, free space to host author events, job trainings, story time, art exhibitions, etc. Internally, this forces us to be creative and thrifty, and engage the community where they already are. Although there is a void downtown left by the temporary close, the library is so much more than just a physical building.

What is your favorite thing about living in DC?

The diversity and access to cultural events. It’s hard to be bored here. There’s always something new to explore, like an exhibit or live show. I really appreciate the music scene and love how the city celebrates with different festivals like the Funk Parade, H Street Festival, Bluegrass and Folk Festival and Capital Pride Festival. I’ve also met a lot of passionate and interesting people here. So many people who live in DC are working and fighting for a greater cause. You don’t see that in every city.

What is one thing you would change about DC if you could?

Obviously the cost of living is high and only continues to go up. I also wish the food scene was more accessible. There are tons of ‘buzzed about’ trendy restaurants for foodies, but DC lacks a wide variety of affordable places that offer quality basics. My taste buds are not very sophisticated but the New Yorker in me would like to see more options when it comes to delicious and affordable bagels, bakeries, Italian and Chinese food. That’s not to say these places don’t exist, but they are just fewer in number. I realize it’s probably difficult for small, independently owned businesses to meet rent and charge reasonable prices, but I wish that could change. It all ties back to cost of living being high. On Rye feels like a little taste of NY, and I am excited about Shouk.

What does being Jewish mean to you?

Like a lot of secular young Jews in the States, being Jewish is a big part of my cultural identity and has shaped my personality, values and sense of humor. I definitely take an interest in Jewish history, tradition, food, arts and culture and like to see what’s happening at Sixth and I and the DCJCC, which is just a few blocks from where I live. I really love the Washington Jewish Film Festival at the DCJCC as a lens into the Jewish experience across the globe, from Israel to Europe to Africa.

I also have a close group of friends in DC (Jews, non-Jews, half-Jews) with whom I celebrate the holidays when I can’t make it home to family. This year we started doing a friends-Seder for Passover, and I think it will become an annual tradition.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

That’s always a tough question, it’s hard to set expectations for the future. Where do I realistically see myself vs. where I’d like to be – these are probably two different projections! I hope I’m in a funky, cool city with access to nature. Maybe that’s DC or somewhere new. I hope I’m surrounded by close friends, not too far from family, maybe starting my own family, who knows!? I hope my work is creative and benefits society in some way. I do see a dog in the picture, that’s about all I can guarantee.

What is one thing you couldn’t get through the day without?

Coffee incentivizes me to get out of bed every morning, and I usually have to cater to my sweet tooth on a daily basis. But it’s my wonderful friends, boyfriend, family and coworkers who provide the comic relief I need to get through the day-to-day. Times are tense, so a good laugh and some nonsense is paramount.

Jewish Newbie of the Week – Benji

As a part of GatherDC’s Jewish Person of the Week feature, we highlight one Jewish “newbie” each month. (Are you new? Do you know someone who is? Nominate them––or yourself––today by emailing Shaina!)

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

Benji and I went to coffee in September right after we both graduated. (Want to grab coffee with Shaina to find out how to get more involved in DC Jewish life? Sign up!) Benji has lived internationally, loves to go camping, and is an Eagle Scout! Learn more about Benji in our interview with him below.

Shaina: When you were in college at the University of Southern California, you lived in Argentina for a semester. What was your favorite part about that time?

Benji: I lived in England when I was in second grade, so the novelty of living abroad wasn’t actually so novel… but getting to live somewhere where the spoken language is one that you’ve acquired is a fulfilling experience. I took all of my classes in Spanish, so I actually had a fairly rigorous course load while I was abroad. Still, I thoroughly enjoyed celebrating the World Cup victories that Argentina had (except for the last pesky game that they lost) and spent lots of time traveling through South America.

Shaina: I hear you love camping and the outdoors. Did you camp at all in college?

Benji: I joined USC’s outdoors club as soon as I got to college, and quickly became active in the outdoors community. I became a guide, led trips for underclassmen my Junior year, and ran the budgeting and accounts for the club my senior year too. California is a beautiful state to travel around, so much that in my last year of college I spent almost as many weekends in the deserts and the mountains as I did at school!

Shaina: Have you always been a fan of the outdoors and camping?

Benji: I started going into the outdoors with my dad and my brothers when I was a kid– at first on family trips but soon after through cub scouts and boy scouts. I spent summers in middle school and high school going to boy scout camps… culminating in the summer I spent working on a low ropes course and performing a nightly musical campfire at Philmont Scout Ranch in the New Mexico Rockies.

Shaina: What is your favorite part about DC?

Benji: I love that DC is a walkable city, even on hot summer days. I lived in Los Angeles for four years, which was a great experience… but I enjoy living somewhere that you can get around with public transit and walk to bars and restaurants.

Shaina: If you could choose any DC museum to get stuck in for a whole day, which would you choose?

Benji: I’m partial to the Newseum, but it’s definitely worth waiting to go when they have an interesting exhibit up. It’s painful paying to go to a museum in DC, but I still recommend it (but only once, maybe twice).

When the Jews of DC Gather… they play Hasbro’s latest version of Jewish Geography!

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Jewish Beyond The Tent Facilitator of the Week – Meleia

Though originally from the midwest, Meleia Egger is now a veteran Washingtonian. She also just happens to be a veteran of GatherDC’s Beyond The Tent Retreat. This year, she will be coming back to serve as a facilitator. We caught up with Meleia to chat about her experience at the retreat, as well as what she likes best (and least) about living in the District.

Where are you from originally, and how long have you been in D.C.?

I’m originally from Madison, Wisconsin. I will, as of this September, have been a Washingtonian for seven years!

What do you love best about living in D.C.?

So much! Rock Creek Park. Roof-decks. The food scene. The amazing neighborhoods. The Malcolm X Park drum circle. Jazz in the sculpture garden. The diversity. The happy hour and brunch culture. The healthy/running/yoga culture (to work off the brunch and happy hours). The summer HEAT!

Sounds like you have a lot that keeps you busy! Do you have time for any other hobbies?

Bird-watching, yoga, and spoken word – particularly storytelling and poetry.

What’s one thing you would change about D.C. if you could?

The extremely loud sirens going off so frequently.

How do you connect with your Judaism?

Community, conversation and creativity!

I know you’ve been on the Beyond The Tent Retreat, and you are coming back this year as a facilitator. What do you think the benefits of going on the Beyond The Tent Retreat are?

Connecting to nature, stepping back from your routine, and thinking about what it means to be a Jew in new ways!

What will you be doing in your role as a facilitator for Beyond The Tent this year?

I’ll be leading discussions, modeling vulnerability, and holding space for the participants while bringing my own perspective to it all.

What is one thing you couldn’t get through the day without?

My morning yoga.

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Jewish Composter of the Week – Jeremy

If you’ve been to the Farmer’s Market in Dupont Circle, you’ve probably seen Jeremy Brosowsky. As owner of Compost Cab, Jeremy sets up shop each week collecting your uneaten food in order to turn it into amazing compost goodness. He’s been at it since 2010 but has recently picked up even more steam, now running DC’s new citywide dropoff program on behalf of the DC Department of Public Works.

Still not convinced? Read on to learn how something as simple as composting can make the world a better place. Bonus: Jeremy has set up a promo code for our readers and will donate half of the first month’s proceeds to GatherDC!

How did you first get into composting? 

My interest in composting comes out of my interest in food. It’s a very typical story. After my first child was born, I became acutely aware of everything that we were feeding her. And the more I learned about food and food systems, the more interested I became in the prospect of growing food in and around the city. Fast forward a few years and a few kids, and we were doing a lot right — cooking at home, shopping at farmers markets, etc. But we were still throwing our waste in the garbage, and that really, really bothered me

What made you want to start your own composting business?

Compost Cab exists to do two things. Make it easier for people to compost, and make it easier for urban agriculture to thrive.

I started Compost Cab in large part to solve my own family’s problem. We knew we wanted to compost, but we live in the city — we were worried about rats in the alley, we didn’t have any space to do it right, and with four small children, we didn’t feel like we had the time to do it ourselves. And then my entrepreneurial instincts kicked in.

The more I learned about food systems, the clearer it became that there are two ways to grow food efficiently and intensively in an urban environment. There’s the vertical greenhouse model, which takes advantage of technology requires aeroppnics and hydroponics and other generally capital intensive solutions. And then there’s the fertile soil model, which lets you grow your plants closer together because the soil is nutrient dense. You can maximize your per square foot production in the city through composting. But it turns out that for most urban agriculture projects, acquiring the raw materials for composting in city was a significant challenge.

We put two and two together and created a business that supports community composting and urban agriculture while enabling people to live their values every day.

Why do you think it’s important for people to compost?

For starters, there are all the environmental benefits of composting: reducing waste landfill, reducing methane released into the environment, etc. But beyond all that we’ve discovered that composting is a gateway drug for sustainability writ large. Composting is a daily, affirmative act of sustainability. Unlike other little steps you can take to improve your carbon footprint, like installing LEDs or a rain barrel (which are great things to do!), composting is something you and your family do every day. It’s a powerful tool for behavioral change.

What kind of foods can and cannot be composted?

If it grows, it goes. That is, anything that is organic can be composted. Food of all sorts, paper products, leaves, grass — you name it.  But if you want to compost in your backyard, or through a community based program such as ours, you want to keep proteins out for a bunch of reasons. We have a comprehensive dos-and-don’ts list on our website at compostcab.com.

What if I’m afraid that composting is going to make my apartment smell bad? 

We have a saying that speaks directly to that issue. If it smells bad, you’re doing it wrong. Like anything else, composting requires effort, but when done properly, which means creating a proper mix of carbon, nitrogen, oxygen and water, composting smells more like the forest, not the landfill. Or, you can join Compost Cab, and we can pick up your food scraps and compost them for you. Or, you can drop off your food scraps through DC’s new citywide dropoff program, which we’re running on behalf of the DC Department of Public Works.

Do you ever get grossed out by dealing with rotten food? 

Never. To be candid, we (almost) never have any issues with really gross stuff. We take education, outreach, and communication with our members and partners very seriously. As a result we’ve created a super clean stream of compostable material.

How do you connect with the DC Jewish Community?

We’ve been working with Jewish organizations since we started back in 2010. For many years we’ve been donating our services to the DCJCC for their annual Everything But the Turkey Thanksgiving volunteer event, in partnership with DC Central Kitchen. We’ve composted the Labor Seder for Jews United for Justice. We do regular presentations at day schools and synagogues across the region. And then personally, my family is very active in DC Minyan (a community which we helped start), as well as at JPDS (where are four of my children have gone to school). Generally speaking, Jews bend toward environmental stewardship and activism, and we’re proud to help enable those instincts in the realm of sustainability generally, and composting and urban agriculture in particular.

 If I’ve never composted before, what’s the first thing I can do to get started?

Head over to compostcab.com. We’ll point you toward DIY resources or how to participate in a dropoff program. Or you can sign up for our home service: we’ll deliver you a collection bin and get you up and composting in no time. To make it even easier to get started, we’ve created a promo code just for Gather DC readers. Anyone who signs up for our home service in May using the promo code GATHERDC will receive half off their first month of service, and we’ll donate the other half to GatherDC!

The views and opinions expressed in this blog and on this website are solely those of the original authors. These views and opinions do not necessarily represent those of the organization GatherDC, the GatherDC staff, the GatherDC board, and/or any/all contributors to this site.

Jewish Newbie of the Week – Sammy

As a part of GatherDC’s Jewish Person of the Week feature, we will be highlighting one Jewish “newbie” each month. (Are you new? Do you know someone who is? Nominate them––or yourself––today by emailing Shaina!)

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

Sammy and I met in 2010 at – you guessed it – Jewish summer camp (yes the photo is us during that summer). Between then and now we had barely kept in touch, except to play quick games of Jewish geography for people we went to college with. I hadn’t realized she was in DC until I spotted her walking up Connecticut Avenue while I was on the bus, so I sent her a text. She didn’t have my number anymore, so my “I see you” didn’t land as well as I had hoped (she was slightly confused). However, once I told her it was me, she was really excited to hang out again! Part of the beauty of GatherDC is our love of reconnecting with old friends and making new ones! Learn more about Sammy in this week’s interview.

Shaina: I heard you’re basically fluent in French. Have you been to France before?

Sammy: Yes! The first time I went to France was in 8th grade, with a school trip. I also lived in Paris for five months during my junior year of college. I loved it and can’t wait until I go back next.

Shaina: Where else have you traveled? Which place was your favorite?

Sammy: I was really lucky that my undergrad experience took me around the world. While I lived in Paris, I traveled to Spain, Italy, and Greece. I have also been to Madagascar and Peru through college-sponsored trips. My favorite place is hard to choose because every single place was so distinct, but I LOVED Florence, Italy. (That might have to do with all the delicious pasta and gelato.)

Shaina: You moved to DC the day after you graduated from college with no job. What was that like?

Sammy: Honestly, that is one of the craziest things I have ever done. My parents and friends all thought I had lost my mind. Somewhere along the way–during second semester of senior year–I decided that I wanted to live here, so I committed to moving. I convinced two friends to come with me, we found a place in Van Ness, and I packed my car and drove down. I was really lucky that I was able to start temping really quickly and then found my current job! I don’t regret it at all!

Shaina: What’s your advice to someone who is new to DC?

Sammy: Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there! There is so much happening 100% of the time in this city. It is always worth it to go see the monuments at night and meander. If something sounds interesting to you, go! Don’t be afraid to arrive at an event without a big group, I’ve found that people are incredibly welcoming.

Shaina: What does a typical Saturday in DC look like for you?

Sammy: I actually like to do brunch on Saturday because it is WAY less crowded than a typical Sunday brunch. My favorite places are Open City, District Kitchen, and Scion. I also love to just relax and find something fun to do around the District.

Shaina: Complete the sentence: When the Jews of DC Gather… 

Sammy: it’s always a good time!

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.