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Aaron: What brought you to DC? Shira: School! I came to DC for college at GWU. Except for a brief break to study abroad in Switzerland, I haven’t left.
Aaron: What is your favorite part of the DC Jewish community? Shira: I love how accessible it is. There are tons of events events every month, but I love going to the Shabbat services and dinners that are designed for young professionals. I also love how small the Jewish world is – between Jewish high school and summer camp, I run into people I know all the time!
Aaron: We hear you work on the Hill for a fellow member of the Tribe. Can you tell us more about that? Shira: I work for a Jewish member of Congress, and it is so great to have that connection with my boss. The Congresswoman is an active Israel advocate, so I’ve gotten to meet lots of interesting people. It’s nice to have someone in charge who understands needing to take time off for the holidays. Besides, if we run out of things to talk about, I always ask about her brisket recipe – I hear it’s divine.
Aaron: Who is the coolest Jew? Shira: Coolest Jew of the moment is Spike Mendelsohn. I am slightly embarrassed to admit it, but I recently watched a lot of Top Chef and was super impressed that a local chef was up there and making such delicious food! Also, We, the Pizza and Good Stuff Eatery are among my favorite places to grab lunch during recess or dinner after work.
Aaron: Where can we find you on a Friday night? Shira: Either at happy hour with friends or at one of the young professionals services around the District. My favorite is Shir Delight at Adas Israel. After long weeks at work, I like to unwind with friends.