Jewish Girl of the Week/Newest Gather Team Member – Jackie

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IMG_5490 (1)Rachel: What are you most excited for with Gather?

Jackie: I am beyond excited to join the Gather team! One of the things I look forward to most is getting more involved in the DC Jewish community. While I have been living here for over a year now, I can’t wait to meet more awesome Jews in DC. Mostly though, I just want to find more people to discuss Serial with at Shabbat dinner- is that so wrong?

Rachel: How did you first get involved with the Jewish community in DC?

Jackie: My very first weekend after moving to DC, I went with some friends to a young professionals Shabbat service at Sixth and I. After graduating from Brandeis University, I realized how I had taken my Jewish community there for granted and was anxious to find a similar place for myself here in DC. After attending the service and other young professional events in DC, I realized how vibrant the DC Jewish community is and I knew I wanted to get involved.

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Jackie: I would normally say the community and the people, but to avoid being repetitive… I love furthering my Jewish knowledge and learning. I think Judaism is a fascinating intersection of culture, religion, politics and history. There is so much to learn and I have enjoyed every opportunity I have had to deepen my Jewish knowledge.

Rachel: Do you have a favorite Jew?

Jackie: I’ve got a lot of favorites but someone I’m really loving right now is Leandra Medine aka the Man Repeller. Leandra is a New York fashion blogger with an eccentric style and the chutzpah to accessorize her most daring outfits. I loved her book Seeking Love and Finding Overalls. I felt immediately connected to her strong Jewish identity and funky feminist spirit.

305568_467512219965970_501600054_nRachel: What’s your favorite Jewish holiday and/or food?

Jackie: I go crazy for Borekas, potato or cheese filled pastries found in bus stations all over Israel. I attended the Turkish Festival in DC this year and I insisted that my friend and I sample every flavor of boreka we could find, which I think ended up being 6 different types! It was one of my favorite memories in DC.

My favorite Jewish holiday is Rosh Hashanah. I love the celebratory feeling of having a new start for a new year. Sitting down with friends to a delicious home-cooked dinner (I really do love food!) and having a wonderful fall feast is very special to me. This Rosh Hashanah was the first I celebrated in DC and I was fully invested in reflecting on my past year and setting goals for my future.

Rachel: When you aren’t gathering, what do you like to do?

Jackie: One of my favorite things to do is going to see concerts- I can’t get enough live music. DC has a dynamic music scene and I’m always sending out mass texts to friends to see who wants to get tickets to the next show with me (let me know if you want to get in on the next mass text!)

Rachel: Finish the sentence: When the Jews gather…

Jackie: I’ll bring the borekas.

 

Jewish Girl of the Week and Trivia Queen Robin

Robin 1Meet Gather’s Jewish Girl of the Week, Robin. Read on if you want a recommendation on great vegetarian spots in the city and a leg up on this week’s trivia at Sixth & I!

Jackie: What brought you to DC and how long have you been here?
Robin: I moved to DC two and a half years ago, without a job, for a change of scenery. I grew up in MA, went to school at Brandeis, and then lived in Boston for a few years after graduation. So it was time to explore a new city!

Jackie: What do you love to do in the city for fun?
Robin: I love exploring new restaurants. I’m a vegetarian, so sometimes it’s hard to find a substantial meal in the more meat-heavy places. Recently, I went to Ghibellina and was blown away by the food. Their gnocchi with butternut squash, maitake mushrooms, and sage was maybe the best thing I’ve ever eaten.

Robin 2Jackie: So you work for Sixth & I. What’s your favorite part of your job?
Robin: Trivia Night is by far my favorite part my job. We do it every other month and we try to center each one around a creative theme. Tonight, January 21st, for example, we’re having British Invasion Trivia. The questions will touch on all different areas of British culture and we’ll be serving fresh-made fish n’ chips! We’re really trying to revive our Trivia Nights by adding in some new fun elements to stand out from your typical pub trivia. Plus, $15 for dinner and 2 drinks? Can’t find that kind of deal anywhere else in the District.

Jackie: For people coming to Trivia Night tonight, any hints to help their game?
Robin: I would definitely study up on your British History (i.e., monarchs), and you may want to watch this YouTube clip.

Jackie: What’s your favorite way to spend Shabbat?
Robin: Well, when I’m not spending Shabbat at Sixth & I, I love having Shabbat dinner with friends or family. There’s nothing like a relaxing evening of good food and good company.

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Jackie: What is your favorite Jewish food?
Robin: I love love love kugel. The more dairy the better (contrary to what many Jews might prefer). Also, Cheryl Ann’s challah from Brookline, MA is my weakness.

Jackie: Who is the coolest Jew?
Robin: Lizzy Caplan is pretty badass.

Jackie: Finish the sentence: When the Jews gather…
Robin: the complaining ensues.

 

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Jewish Girl of the Week – Sasha

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Rachel: What brought you to DC and where are you from originally?

Sasha: I came to D.C. to be a part of both the history and the future of our country. I am originally from San Diego, California. Though I will always be a California girl, I fell in love with the culture and excitement of D.C. two years ago when I interned at the Corporation for National and Community Service. The museums, music, political involvement, and all together, passion that you see in D.C. made me realize that this was the city for me. I moved here this past summer and am the National Library Project Coordinator and Executive Associate at Jewish Women International. JWI’s National Library Initiative, along with a team of volunteers, businesses and corporations, is working to establish 100 children’s libraries in battered women’s shelters across the United States.

Rachel: Tell us about how you’ve made Tikkun Olam and community service a part of your life in the past, and now here in DC.

Sasha: My passion for community service started at a young age. In high sasha 4school, I was president of Sister Schools of San Diego, a club that raised money to send children from Northern Uganda to school. I am the founder of The Smile Bringer Singers at the University of Michigan, a club that performs musical numbers at local nursing and retirement homes, family centers, for children with mental disabilities, and various on-campus events. This organization allowed me to mix my passions for performing and Tikkun Olam.

Rachel: What’s a cool or different interest of yours that others might not know about you?  

Sashasasha 3: I make a point of exploring and taking advantage of every opportunity I get to try a new activity. From a gallery opening to Soul Cycle, from the drum circle at Meridian Park to trying new restaurants, seeing Shakespeare, attending street festivals, concerts, and farmer’s markets. I am constantly seeking out new adventures. From Canada>California>Michigan>DC, I can’t wait to immerse myself in this city. One of my favorite activities to do in D.C. is paddle boating on the Tidal Basin-highly recommendable.

Rachel: So we hear you now work for Jewish Women International (JWI).  Can you tell us about their mission and what inspires you to do this work? 

Sasha: JWI is the leading Jewish organization empowering women and girls – through economic literacy; community training; healthy relationship education; and the proliferation of women’s leadership. We work to ensure that all women and girls thrive in healthy relationships, control their financial futures and realize the full potential of their personal strength. I am from a generation where sexual assault on college campuses and teen dating abuse rates are ridiculously high; I feel that the incredible work that JWI does has the power to decrease these numbers and increase education on the topic, give individuals access to necessary tools, and support victims. In addition, I am inspired by the work that we do with financial literacy. As a recent graduate, our work is critically important to me and my friends in order for us to lead lives that are physically safe and financially secure.

Rachel:What’s your favorite way to spend Shabbat?

Sasha: At the Eisen’s, hands down. They make food from all over the world, have a famous guacamole, and great company. 

Rachel: What is your favorite Jewish food?

sasha 2Sasha: Challah. I can proudly say that I learned how to make it this year at a Young Women’s Leadership Network event. I was so excited when I brought in my ultra garlicy challah to my office to impress everyone.

Rachel: Who is the coolest Jew?

Sasha: My mother, because she is the strongest person I know. Also, Ruth Bader Ginsberg is pretty cool- she is the first Jewish woman and only the second woman to serve on the US Supreme Court. Stay notorious, RBG.

Rachel: Finish the sentence: When the Jews gather…

Sasha: everyone becomes a matchmaker.  

Jewish Girl of the Week – Ariella

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Rachel: What brought you to DC? How long have you been here?

Ariella: My family moved here from Minnesota in 1988. I grew up in the area and went to college and grad school in DC. Currently, I teach in Montgomery County Public Schools and run a calligraphy business. My notes home to parents are impossible to forge!!

Rachel: What do you love to do in the city?

Ariella: Anything having to do with food or sports. I also love to  explore  different neighborhoods, go to concerts, museums, etc… when  I can, I  get out of the city to travel!

Rachel: We heard you’re co-chairing Reverse Mifgash.Could you tell us more about that?

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Ariella: YES! This November 3-12, Reverse Mifgash will bring 12 Israeli Taglit-Birthright Alumni for an unforgettable experience in DC. NEXT DC of The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, my co-chairs Max and Rachel, and an amazing committee of DC-area Birthright alumni have worked hard to plan 10 full days of jam-packed fun! There are tons of events that GTJ’ers will love, including a volunteer project, Election Night Viewing party, a comedy night with Benji Lovitt, a special Shabbat experience at Sixth and I, and A Night of Israeli Music at Tropicalia on 14th Street. For more information and to register, click here.

I served on the RM committee two years ago, and I can tell you — whether you went on birthright or not — it is a series of events you definitely don’t want to miss! This year will be better than ever!!

unnamed (1)Rachel: What is your favorite Jewish food?

Ariella: Matzo Balls 🙂

Rachel: Who is the coolest Jew?

Ariella: This guy Joe. He’s a financial adviser who led the campaign to raise  the $200 million to create the U.S. Holocaust Memorial  Museum. Also, he  just happens to be my father, but I  promise I’m not biased! He’s the best, and  an inspiration to my involvement and growing leadership in the Jewish  community.

Rachel: Finish the sentence: When the Jews gather…

Ariella: The “Nelson France Fan Club” must be having a chapter meeting!

Jewish Girl of the Week – Hillah

BoliviaWant to recommend an outstanding leader to be featured on GTJ? Nominate him/her at info@gatherdc.org.

Rachel: What brought you to DC?

Hillah: I came here to pursue a Ph.D. in German at Georgetown University. Today, I work in Project Management and honestly, I couldn’t be happier.

Rachel: So you’re from Germany. What is one of the biggest differences between living in DC and where did you grow up in Germany?

Hillah: Public Transport comes to mind. I guess the biggest difference for me is that there aren’t as many bike lanes in DC as there are in Germany. I lived in a city with tons of metro routes and the trains literally came every five minutes. However, as much as I like the education and healthcare system and the social scene in Germany, I feel like in DC you can really become whatever you put your mind to; there are no limitations to your dream.

Rachel: How did you get into rock climbing and where is the coolest place you’ve climbed?

Hillah: My cousin in Portland, OR introduced me to rock climbing when I visited her about a year and a half ago. We would always go climbing in the afternoons once she got off work. Upon my return to DC I decided that I wanted to continue climbing. Up until now, I haven’t been to any quote on quote “cool” spots, since I am still building my skill set. However, my hope is to go climbing in Latin America or out in the southwest in the next year or two.

Profile Picture in BoliviaRachel: We heard you’re the AJC ACCESS DC Intergroup Task-Force Chair. Could you tell us more about that?

Hillah: AJC’s ACCESS DC Board consists of three Task Forces: International, Intergroup, and Leadership & Advancement Task Force. My role as Intergroup Task Force is to facilitate the building of relationships between the Jewish and other communities. As the global Jewish community faces a defining moment in 2014, due to rising anti-Semitism in Europe and Latin America, strengthening ACCESS DC’s relationships with interfaith and intergroup partners is more important than ever. ACCESS DC has a strong relationship with the Urban League’s young professional program, Thursday Network. This year, we are also aiming to strengthen our Muslim, Asian, Latino, and German relationships. Since the 50th ACCESS DC is focusing on engaging the German Diaspora and Diplomatic community throughout 2014-2015. The work as Task-Force Chair is very exciting – there is never a dull moment.

Rachel: What’s your favorite way to spend Shabbat?

DCPS Beautification Day with Thursday NetworkHillah: On Shabbat, I love to participate in Shabbat hopping, attending different Shabbat services around the city, especially the ones for young professionals. I also can never turn down an invite to a Shabbat dinner. Friday evenings are such a special time to come together as a community.

Rachel: What is your favorite Jewish food?

Hillah: Definitely, Bagel, lox, and cream cheese. If the Deli has white fish salad, even better.

Rachel: Who is the coolest Jew?

Hillah: Hands-down my grandfather Arthur Lampert. During World War II he was a ranking U.S. Army officer. In addition to liberating Jews from the concentration camps, and bringing in matzos for the first Pesach after the war for newly liberated Jews, he also helped many of them start new businesses after the war.

Rachel: Finish the sentence: When the Jews gather…

Hillah: Great things happen!

Jewish Girl of the Week – Annie

IMG_5526Want to recommend an outstanding leader to be featured on GTJ? Nominate him/her at info@gatherdc.org.

Aaron: What brought you to DC?

Annie: Serendipity brought me to DC.  I was in Southeast Asia working with social entrepreneurs when I came across an intriguing startup called Self Spark that designs lifehacking events around the world.

After only one Skype call, I packed my bag and joined the team in our group house.  It just so happens the DC area is also where my mother, cousins, aunts, and uncles live which is pretty amazing.  I love being back around mother’s Jewish cooking, which includes going out to sushi and Whole Foods salads.

Aaron: You are creating a company that caters to lifehacking.  What are the coolest hacks you recommend?

Annie: People often ask me this question expecting a flashy answer of life’s greatest shortcuts.  Of course, I’ve got a few of those, but for me the most impactful lifehacks are the simplest.  At Self Spark, we talk about creating minimum viable change, or finding the smallest change that will have the greatest impact.  Like most things in life, simple is not always easy.

Practicing gratefulness. It’s the first thing I do when I wake up, and the last thing I do before I hit my pillow.  It’s also a tradition I practice with my roommates each night at dinner.  I pick 3 things I feel for grateful in that moment.  It can be range from the most important (i.e. my mother and sister) to the mundane (I’m grateful when I tripped I only lost half of my ice-coffee.)  On days when it feels like everything goes wrong, when the violence in Israel escalates, or when I rejected from a cute boy, I have to dig deep.  I am continually amazed that I can always find beauty in the world no matter how dire it may feel.

Followupthen has changed my life.  Like many DC young professionals, you either manage your email or it manages you.  Turns out, email is not a place to store information, manage tasks, or organize information.  At Self Spark, we run a lot of productivity trainings and I’ve relearned how to use email to make me look like a boss.  A lot of my job includes chasing people down.  Let’s face it, most folks in DC have a mile long to-do list and they forget to get back to you.  Setting a calendar reminder for every person and email I need to chase is tedious.  The hack?  When I email a client, I bcc 5days@followupthen.com and like magic, it sends me a reminder email, in you guessed it, 5 days.  Boomerang is another service that does the same thing.

2014-02-10 23.32.33Mindful walks.  I try to meditate at least 3-4 times a week.  However, trying to run a company, have a life, and not go crazy makes it hard to always find the time.  The pressure to meditate can make me anxious, which is hilarious since I mediate to feel less anxious.  To combat this, I started to infuse mindfulness into everyday activities, like walking.  If I’m not in the mood to do traditional meditation, I take walks around my neighborhood (and leave the Apple products at home.)  I try to notice things I’ve never seen or to appreciate the things I always see.  It’s not rocket science and it’s not about “clearing my mind.”  Instead, it’s about being aware, and giving myself a moment out of the day to breathe and be free from my never-ending to-do list.

Eating the right food.  Picky eaters always annoyed me.  You know who I’m talking about the, “please hold the cheese, bread, and put the dressing on the side” – folks.  They might as well have said, “just give me the blandest and most un-delicious thing you have.”  Food is one of the best parts of life, and things like ice cream and cheese are too delicious to be left uneaten.  I thought I was healthy enough.  I mean, I grew up in California and enjoyed things like avocados, kale, and even Brussels sprouts.  In recent months, all of that has changed, and I’m a big scared to admit that I’ve become that person.  Turns out, foods affect us all differently and taking out certain foods groups can alleviate stomachaches, headaches, and more.  So I may be a bit more annoying, but the upside?  I feel amazing and have more energy throughout the day.

Aaron: You have traveled to countries around the worl.d  Where was your most memorable Shabbat?

Annie: In 2010, I spent 5 months living and working in Uganda.  For Passover, my friend and I visited the Abayudaya- the Ugandan Jews in a small village.  After a grueling bus ride, I took the chicken off my lap and wedged myself from the overflowing bus to be greeted on the side of the road by Moses, a Ugandan Jewish elder.  For months, I felt constantly aware of my “otherness” and was an outsider to all traditions and customs.  But for those few days, I entered into a community where we sang familiar tunes, ate matzoh, and poured each other Manischewitz wine.  We didn’t share the same language, nor understand each others cultures, but halfway across the world I felt at home. 

1394282_1968447486006_1667998764_nAaron: Which Jew inspires you the most?

Annie: Hadas Goldman, my sister’s best friend and honorary sister is leading a movement to transform Israeli culture through the arts.  It started with 6 committed individuals and since expanded to over 500.  They live in Urban Kibutzim around the country.  I say she has a PhD in community.  Currently, I’m also living in kibutz-esque house with my coworkers and I continually draw upon her wisdom and experiences to build a thriving community.

Aaron: What is your favorite Jewish food?

Annie: Gefilte fish.  It’s the only thing I can’t get my non-Jewish friends to eat.  I haven’t quite graduated to liver & onions but I’m in training.

Aaron: Where are you for the High Holidays?

Annie: I’ll be in Rockville with my entire extended family, which will include visiting this children’s service with my little cousin Benny.  He told me they get to eat apples and honey and the songs are better.

Interested in learning more about lifehacks?  Come to our upcoming lifehacking camp, focused on mind body, and sleep, called Spark Weekend happening on September 13-14 in downtown DC.  Register at dc.sparkweekend.com and use the discount code “JEWSROCK” for an additional -50% off.  Have questions?  Email me, annie@selfspark.com.

Jewish Girl of the Week – Lisa

ProspectParkWant to recommend an outstanding leader to be featured on GTJ? Nominate him/her at info@gatherdc.org.

Rachel: What brought you to DC?
Lisa: The stork!  I was born and raised in the Montgomery County part of DC, and after a few years as a wandering Jew, I came home.  I’ve been back and living in the Arlington part of DC for almost 3 years and couldn’t be happier I made the decision to come back.  DC will always be home for me.  I’m working for myself as a freelance writer and marketing consultant now, but I have no plans to leave DC.

Rachel: What is your favorite DC Jewish event?
Lisa: Camp Sixth & I was by far the best event I’ve attended here in DC.  We turned our phones off and connected for a beautiful, educational, spiritual, and super-fun Shabbat/Sukkot experience.  Getting to know a group of amazing DC Jews in a camp-like environment was a blast from the past… with booze.

Rachel: You participated in Sermon Slam at the DC JCC.  What was that experience like?
Lisa: The theme was “Revelation” which is not an easy topic to tackle.  When I arrived, the energy in the room was incredible and put me at ease, which I needed quickly since I slammed first.  The entire event was inspiring.  I loved that these young professionals took the time to craft and share a meaningful story, each leaving the audience with a nugget of wisdom to take home — like a spiritual doggie bag.  While it was a competition, it was the most supportive, caring, kind group of competitors I’ve ever met.  The talent in our community is unparalleled.

IMG_3695Rachel: Tattoos, huh?  How does your mother feel?
Lisa: I have 5 and certainly plan on getting more.  Each is super meaningful, but I definitely stand out in a room full of Jews.  My mother has come to the realization that I will continue to make what she considers to be poor decisions when it comes to this particular area.  But I’m pretty sure she loves me anyway.  They all have deep meaning to me — two have references to quitting my job to pursue a writing career.  I did it and I have never been happier.

Rachel: What’s your favorite way to spend Shabbat?
Lisa: For the past few years, I’ve spent almost every Friday night at services.  I’m kind of a shabbat vagabond, bouncing between 2239 and 6th & I Services.  But my very favorite part is the walk to the White House with my friends (because even the strangers who join us are friends by the end) after services.  We wander and wonder.  It’s the best part of my week.

Rachel: What is your favorite Jewish food?
Lisa: Fried Matzah.

Rachel: Who is the coolest Jew?
Lisa: Tina Fey.  Wait, what?  She’s not Jewish?  Just kidding.  I stand by saying the coolest Jew would be Jewish Tina Fey.  The second coolest Jew would be Toby Ziegler from West Wing.  But given he’s not a real person… I think I’ll go with Robert Krulwich, co-host of NPR’s Radiolab.  Because “cool” in Judaism is really subjective.

Rachel: Finish the sentence: When the Jews gather…
Lisa: …shenanigans.  Pure shenanigans.

Jewish Girl of the Week – Allison

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Rachel: We heard you went on a service trip to New Orleans. Can you tell us about that?
Allison: Last year, I went on the 22:39/ARK Volunteer trip to New Orleans Lower 9th Ward. In a word, it was awesome. I bonded with 40 incredible Jews, helped build a sustainable community garden for a neighborhood destroyed by the hurricane, and performed Amy Winehouse karaoke on Bourbon Street with my rabbi in the audience.

RachelYou’re on the 2239 Steering Committee. Could you tell us more about that?
Allison: Under the wonderful supervision of Rabbi Miller from Washington Hebrew Congregation, I work with a group of young Jewish leaders who are excited about planning innovative, fun, engaging Jewish programs for the local community. Our newest program we just launched is called the NextPage reading initiative that provides Jewish books at a subsidized cost to anyone who wants to read it, and then culminates in a book discussion over brunch.

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Celebrating Shabbat on the beach with mom.

Rachel: What’s your favorite DC Jewish event to attend?
Allison: I love all the DC Jewish events! It’s really extraordinary seeing how many warm, intelligent, young Jewish professionals want to get involved and be a part of such a vibrant community. But if I can only pick one I’d say the Metro Minyan Shabbats. There’s good food to nosh on, great people to schmooze with, and Rabbi Miller can give a pretty insightful sermon.

Rachel: Who is the coolest Jew?
Allison: My Bubbi. Hands down. She shows me, through example, what it means to be a strong, independent Jewish woman. She is a textbook example of someone who lives life zestfully to the fullest, is grateful for the little things, and loves those around her with all of her heart. I’m quite a lucky lady to get to spend so much time with her since she lives right nearby.

Rachel: What is your favorite way to spend Shabbat?
Allison: On the beach at sunset 🙂 My family has a beach house in Bethany Beach, Delaware that I am madly in love with and try to get to every weekend I can. During the summer, my family brings a Shabbat picnic to the beach and I lead a mini Shabbat service on the beach, singing only the best Shabbat songs and discussing what we are grateful for from the week and looking forward to in the week ahead. Being able to just sit with family, away from the stresses of daily life, toes in the sand, listening to the ocean waves crashing, watching the sun set – it’s pure nourishment for the soul. (I wrote an article about this when I interned for Jewish Women International during college).

Rachel: Finish the sentence: When the Jews Gather…
Allison: I expect lox.

 

Jewish Girl of the Week – Sheri

TeamSheri (1)Want to recommend an outstanding leader to be featured on GTJ? Nominate him/her at info@gatherdc.org.

Rachel: What brought you to DC?
Sheri: I moved to DC in 2007 to teach in DCPS. I now work at an education policy non-profit organization that works with teachers.

Rachel: We heard you’re the Matchbox Yenta.  What does that mean?
Sheri: I am!  I’ve always loved bringing people together and I’ve had a bit of success in the past, so last fall I started a little matchmaking business.  I really enjoy it and I’m always looking for more eligible Washingtonians to be fixed up with my clients.  You can learn more on my website: matchboxyenta.com.

Sheri birthright icebreakersRachel: You used to live in Israel.  What were you doing there?
Sheri: After participating in a few programs and studying abroad in Israel during college, I volunteered with Sar-El and staffed Birthright.  After that, I lived in Tel Aviv for a couple years.  I did an ulpan, worked as a waitress, babysitter, internship coordinator at Oranim, and sales coordinator at Applicaster, a hi-tech start-up.  It was a great experience, and I’m so grateful for it.

Rachel: You’ve staffed Birthright 5 times.  Why do you like to staff?
Sheri: I loved staffing Birthright because it allowed me to combine my passions for education and Israel.  I also got to travel around the country I love so much and meet a ton of cool Jews.

Rachel: What’s your favorite way to spend Shabbat?
Sheri: My boyfriend and I enjoy going to ‘6th in the City,’ I’m a big fan of Rabbi Shira.  I also like cooking, and enjoy Friday night meals at home with family or friends.

Rachel: What is your favorite Jewish food?
Sheri: Warm, fresh Challah that is a tad under-cooked

Rachel: Who is the coolest Jew?
Sheri: Hannah Senesh.

Rachel: Finish the sentence: When the Jews gather…
Sheri: Connections are made.

 

Jewish Girl of the Week – Deborah

gtj3Want to recommend an outstanding leader to be featured on GTJ? Nominate him/her at info@gatherdc.org.

Rachel: What brought you to DC?
Deborah: A million little things but mostly I was interested in trying the East Coast and new I wanted to work at a nonprofit.  My initial plan was to stay here for two years before moving somewhere southwest, and then perhaps California, before heading back to my home base of Seattle.  It’s been over five years now and I’m genuinely surprised and thrilled about how much I enjoy living here – there are new, awesome things to find and enjoy weekly.  I miss mountains a lot though 🙂

Rachel: What are your favorite things to take advantage of in DC?
Deborah: The library system and bike trails, I use both daily.  I got the chance to go on a library bike tour in May and it was a really wonderful way to explore the city!

gtj2Rachel: You work at No Kid Hungry.  What does the organization do?
Deborah: Share Our Strength/No Kid Hungry is a national nonprofit working to end childhood hunger.  Our goal is challenging yet achievable, and it’s wonderful to work for a cause I believe in, having formerly been an Americorps member for our hands-on nutrition and culinary classes for low-income families.

Rachel: What’s your favorite way to spend Shabbat?
Deborah: With friends!  I’m a little embarrassed to say I only make it to an actual shabbat event once every three months or so, but I always manage to make sure Friday night is spent with my nearest and dearest.  And I really would like to get to eat more challah.

Rachel: What is your favorite Jewish food?
Deborah: Gefilte fish.  It’s unfairly maligned.

Rachel: Finish the sentence: When the Jews gather…
Deborah: …hilarity ensues.