We are thrilled to announce this year’s Open Doors Fellows Cohort II! Hopefully you’ll see these faces all around town. Please use them as resources to help connect you to the DC Jewish life you’re looking for!
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Lindsay Goldman is a transplant to DC, originally from New York she is an East Coast girl at heart who loves talking about how homesick she is for a decent bagel and walking with a purpose. She graduated NYU with a bachelor’s in education and Judaic Studies. She now works at Maryland Hillel in College Park as the Jewish Experience Associate where she plans Shabbat and holiday programming for young adults and talks about pluralism, a lot. An alumna of Mechon Hadar, The Conservative Yeshiva and The Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies she has a passion for Jewish learning and for teaching and hopes to create more local opportunities for learning this year. Dedicated to egalitarianism in the Jewish and secular world she loves chatting about women’s issues and looks forward to introducing volunteer programming about these issues this year. Lindsay loves traveling abroad and around DC as she continues to explore her new city. She is an avid member of DC Minyan where you can find her praying and socializing any Shabbat she is not staffing at UMD. She is excited to start making new connections!
Hillel Goldschein moved to the Greater Washington area (Silver Spring, Maryland) last year and has been happily occupied with experiencing many of the components that the wonderful area has to offer, such as making all types of friends, visiting many of the area’s wonderful sites, with the possibly unique distinction of never having been to a museum (the stuff inside doesn’t talk back!), and taking advantage of Jewish-related events. He works for Measuring Success, a consulting firm located in downtown DC that provides strategic direction for non-profit organizations and went for his Masters in Industrial/Organizational Psychology. He is from NY (just ask him to pronounce”coughie”) and proudly incorporates his “big-city” tendencies to his social life, such as inviting many people to join him in all types of events and outings, stirring up fun “controversy” and making sure there is never a dull moment in a gathering, and not getting enough sleep. He enjoys and plays sports, learning about himself and others, studying biblical and prayer texts, writing, and physical activity.
Michele Grossman is an organizer by nature. Leave her alone in your kitchen for ten minutes, and your spice rack will be re-positioned by type of spice, and then in alphabetical order. (Cinnamon should never be next to pepper. Never.) She also organizes events for people and is the community leader for Moishe House Without Walls DC, facilitates a havurah called Shabbat Schmooze, and runs such events as SHABBATNIC (do Shabbat outside!) and Sunday School (think: Hebrew School for adults meets peer-to-peer learning). In the spare time she pretends to have, she paints, illustrates the thoughts she has while falling asleep, and writes poems about people she sees in the subway. Additionally, she is a freelance writer and bookkeeper, which is how she pays the bills. Michele is the daughter of two D.C. natives, and seems to take after the community organizing streak in all four of her grandparents who helped found Olam Tikvah in Fairfax, VA in the 1960s.
Born in London, Joshua Henderson moved to Washington D.C. when he was 16 years old. After two years in the nation’s capital, Joshua went to the University of Michigan where he studied History and Political Science. While a student, he grew more interested in foreign policy. After graduation in 2014, he was an Israel Government Fellow and interned at the Ministry of Justice in Tel Aviv. Joshua is a frequent runner and ran the Tel Aviv and Jerusalem half-marathons earlier this year. He also took Krav Maga for several months and is looking forward to the Rugby World Cup this Fall.
Josh Neirman grew up in rolling hills of Vermont where he graduated with a BA in Environmental Studies from the University of Vermont (UVM) when flip phones were still a thing. Josh has lived in Washington, DC for over 4.5 years and works in Montgomery County, MD for Housing Unlimited, Inc. as a property manager where he provides independent and affordable housing for adults in mental health recovery. When Josh is not busy with his day job he enjoys his challah french toast with copious amounts of Vermont maple syrup as well as serving on the leadership committee for the North American Arava Alumni Network, the DC Jews on Bikes Planning Committee, volunteering for UVM Admissions, and co-chairing the DC Masa Israel Alumni Board among many other things. He’s also a huge Bernie Sanders fan!
Tammy Schwartz is excited to be an Open Doors Fellow and hopes to welcome more Jews to the local community. A native of Scottsdale, AZ, Tammy moved to the District 8 years ago to attend American University. She was involved in Hillel, pro-Israel activism and exploring the array of cultural events in the city. Combining her passion for social justice and education, Tammy pursued a master’s degree in School Counseling at George Washington University. She currently works as a School Counselor at a DC Public School, promoting the academic, personal/social and career development of all students. Previously, Tammy worked at the DCJCC as a Preschool Teacher. She enjoys cooking with CSA ingredients, hiking, playing basketball and exploring new corners of DC.
Jackie Subar is a native Texan and recent graduate from the Bush School at Texas A&M University where she received her Master’s in Public Administration with a concentration in Nonprofit Management. During graduate school, she worked in development for Hillel at Texas A&M and was very involved in the Chabad on campus. Before graduate school, Jackie spent a year in the Mayanot Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem while interning for the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs. She returned to Israel last summer to work with NGO Monitor in Jerusalem. Jackie has been an active advocate for Israel and an involved member of the Jewish community in different capacities. Currently Jackie is serving as the Goldman Bridge Fellow for ACCESS, the young professionals arm of the American Jewish Community. Jackie loves being active and trying anything anything new; she really wants to take up paddle boarding. In her spare time Jackie loves reading new books, hanging with friends, and going on adventures. She is also down for a good chat, some chai tea, and good music (especially country).
Naomi Yinuo Tao is a MBA candidate at The George Washington University School of Business. Before she moved to DC, she lived in Beijing and Toronto. Naomi holds a BA in Communications from York University (Toronto, Canada), and had managed an import and export company she co-founded for three years before going back to school. Naomi spent her summer between first and second year of MBA program interning for Ford Motor Company’s HR department in Michigan. She enjoys spending quality time with family and friends, traveling, and taking long walks. Naomi lives in DC with her husband, Gabriel, and they are both members of Temple Micah.