Jewish Guy of the Week – Ari

You played hockey in college. Which teams do you currently follow?
I love my Chicago sports!  Go Blackhawks.

You’ve participated in a number of community service projects. Tell us about them.
I went to New Orleans for a couple weeks during college to do Hurricane Katrina Relief.

I spent 3 months in a volunteer unit of the IDF in Israel.  We stayed on a supply base in northern Israel.  Although I cannot go into detail about what I did while I was there, the experience was amazing and I would do it again in a heartbeat.

My mom is the Kosher Food Pantry director in Boca Raton, FL.  During high school I spent hundreds if not thousands of hours volunteering my time to help feed the needy.

You work on the Hill. What does that entail?
Working on the Hill is fast-paced and stressful.  Never a dull moment in my office, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.  I absolutely love my job as I get the opportunity to help represent the people I grew up with in South Florida.  My boss is one of the nicest, most humble men I have ever met and I have an immense amount of respect for him.  My job entails mostly a lot of writing constituent correspondences and researching pieces of legislation

Give us a brief review of the last Jewish event you went to.
The last Jewish event I went to was a dinner reception and fundraiser for the Friends of Lubavich.  The dinner was amazing and many big names in DC spoke.  Senators Lieberman and Coons addressed the crowd as well as Rep. Steny Hoyer.  The dinner was to honor the Speaker of the House John Boehner, a true friend of Israel.

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