Elana was nominated to be the Jew of the Week by her roommate Emma, who was the past Jewish Musical Lover of the Week! Emma nominated Elana for her sense of humor and her exciting work in DC. Learn more about Elana in our interview with the Jewish Jeweler of the Week!
Jackie: You just moved to DC from Wisconsin. I know our cheese isn’t as good here so what brought you to DC?
Elana: A job! I graduated this past May from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. After graduating I spent about a month at home in Denver volunteering at Ryan Seacrest Studios in the Children’s Hospital Colorado and then made the big move out to DC in July.
Jackie: Emma told me you help run a jewelry business. Tell me more about that?
Elana: Dayna Designs is a small jewelry design and manufacturing company. We sell sterling silver collegiate jewelry for 100+ school and sororities and are just announcing our new designer line for 2017.
Jackie: What is your job at Dayna Designs?
Elana: My official role is Operations and Marketing, but given the small size of the company, the beauty is I really get to do it all! My daily operations incorporate business decisions/plans, strategy, creative/design, marketing, advertising, etc.
Jackie: Since you are new to DC, what are you excited to try out for the first time?
Elana: I haven’t been to the Zoo yet, but have heard great things about it. I am especially excited now that the Zoo Lights are open.
Jackie: Who is your favorite Jew?
Elana: My grandmother, of course.
Jackie: What is your favorite Jewish holiday?
Elana: Passover, without a doubt. My family goes all out – lots of guests, good food, lots of singing and discussions. Last year our Seder went until midnight…I didn’t make it past dinner.
Finish the sentence: When the Jews Gather…we play our favorite game of all time – Jewish geography.