Jewish Guy – Andrew Penn-Giannettino

Jewish Guy - Andrew Penn-Giannettino

Latke or Hamentashen?

On Friday night you can find me at:
Mesorah DC

Mel Brooks or Woody Allen?
Mel Brooks–can anyone argue the genius of Spaceballs?

Is there a Jewish look?
If there is, I don’t have it.

Jewish superhero by night, what by day?
Excel jockey.

Favorite living Jew (besides the GTJ staff):
Favorite is a tough one, but I will say that my grandmother is the most important to me.

Mitzvah Maker – Rabbi Teitelbaum

Mitzvah Maker - Rabbi Teitelbaum

What is great about Mesorah DC?
From the feedback that we get from our participants, everyone seems to enjoy our all-out efforts to create a warm , comfortable, accepting(and fun) environment, whatever the occasion or event.  People always seem to leave happy and come back for more.  Also people enjoy the range of activities from social events to enriching Jewish experiences.

If Mesorah DC were a Jewish food, what would it be and why?
Food-that’s a tough one!  I like to think of ourselves as a smorgasbord, but I guess the “Rabbi in me” would say: the “heavenly manna” that could taste what you wished it to taste like.  I just think we have a tasty appeal to almost everyone (rabbis are allowed to be corny).

Did i mention we are having a great Friday night event next week (the 19th). Elliot Brandt, one of the premiere speakers for AIPAC, will discuss the toughest challenges Israel is facing today.  Check it out

What has been one of your most successful events?
Hmmm.  It depends (you knew I’d say that) how you define “success.”  Certainly in terms of numbers of participants–we just had a smashing Purim event with probably close to 400 people!  Enjoying the food, the drinks, the live music and carnival.  Our bi-monthly Friday night  services and dinners  are attended by well over  a hundred people.  They are just as successful, in the sense that we touch a spiritual chord, as well provide a great socializing opportunity.  We actually have a few people who met and married through these dinners!!

I heard you eat sushi pizza, is that true?
No.  I can’t take credit for that brilliant invention BUT we do have sushi AND  pizza every Monday night, at Mesorah DC’s Cafenite.   And that’s not even the best part–it’s the great crowd that comes to learn each Monday–everything from Hebrew to Ulpan, history to ethics, or even join our very own think tank.  And you even get to eat great sushi and pizza (free dinner) as all the classes converge during dinner time to shmooze/socialize.

With hundreds of DC Jews involved in Mesorah, how do you remember everyone’s name?!
Easy–I just call everyone “Handsome,” or Jennifer.  Actually, it’s real tough because hundreds are involved, but I really work hard to remember not just their names but who they are and how I can possibly help them.  It also helps that most of the people are repeat offenders, we see them often.

Did I mention this great Friday night event on March 19th?  Dinner at 8 speaker at 9, followed by dessert reception and cocktails and Q&A-at Sixth and I synagogue?

I heard your wife was asked to be on Iron Chef for her Shabbat meals; when are they doing the filming?
My wife definitely is an incredible cook (as those that  join us for lunch on Saturday at Sixth and I can testify).  She doesn’t even let me hang around her kitchen, so I don’t see her letting in a movie crew.   Besides we don’t give away our recipes so quickly–you have to earn it.

What if I don’t know much about Judaism, is Mesorah still a good place to go?
MesorahDC is the perfect place for  people just getting involved.  We really care to make them feel “at home.”  We assume zero background knowledge.  And we offer multiple entry levels from real beginners to those  with somewhat more of a background.  You should come to the event to find out more about us. See you Friday night.

Jewish Girl – Aliyah

(Jewish Girl of the Year Voting Page)

What’s your Mother’s Favorite Dish?
Lamb chops.

Where did you have your most spiritual moment?
The first time I arrived in Jerusalem. At the time, I was 15 and with a group of my best friends. We started the day in Warsaw, in Janusz Korczak’s orphanage where he hid Jewish orphans during the Holocaust. We spontaneously decided to sing Hatikvah there. Right after, we boarded the plane to Israel and drove straight to the Old City of Jerusalem where we cried and laughed and prayed and sang. That whole day was my most spiritual moment.

Which female biblical character do you admire the most? Why?
Appropriate for Purim, I admire Queen Esther. A little chutzpa goes a long way.

What type of hummus do you prefer? (Chunky or Creamy)
Not sure about the chunky or creamy preference, but my favorite chumus comes from Abu Gosh, a village near Jerusalem. It’s the best. Pure beige happiness…

Jewish Guy – Eddy

Jewish Guy - Eddy

Eddy on why he should be Jewish Guy of the Year:
There was a reason that the committee selected me to be the first guy of the week.  What that reason was, I am still trying to figure out, but I hope that all of you voting out there can see what the committee saw and select me as the guy of the year.  Besides, how many other participants had a mustache while traveling through Guatemala?  I think that is reason enough to vote for me. Don’t you?

Favorite dish your mom/grandmother makes?
Potato Borecas

First thing you do when you wake up?
Turn on my Black Berry Pandora to the Carlos Vives station.

Yarmullke or Kippah?

Last time someone made you laugh uncontrollably?
When my roommate and I accidentaly recorded our conversations during a 4 hour span and then played them back.

What would you never eat for Sunday Brunch?
Cheese anything