Marissa Salzman is an event-planner by day (well, also nights and weekends), and flag football player by Sunday. Read on to meet this Purim and Queer Eye loving Jewish woman, and find out her number one event planning pro-tip.
Allie: What’s your perfect Sunday in DC?
Marissa: My perfect Sunday is sleeping in a bit, having a big cup of coffee, then playing flag football with my team, followed by a BBQ.
Allie: Tell me about your flag football team.
Marissa: I’ve been playing with them for years now. We have some solid players who have been on the team consistently, and some who come and go. It doesn’t matter how often you show up, we are always excited to have you play with us. It’s just a great atmosphere and world. Having so many people show up on the mall to play every week is just a really amazing community to be a part of.
Allie: What’s your favorite way to relax at the end of a long work week?
Marissa: Shabbat dinner with friends. Or getting together with friends for dinner, drinks, something low key after a long work week.
Allie: If you could invite 3 people to have Shabbat dinner with, who would you choose and why?
Marissa: RBG, because any excuse to interact with RBG is a dream. I am going to cheat here a bit and say the new Fab Five, as the rest of my table. I, like many other people, have binge watched all of Queer Eye and I just love their message of acceptance, positivity, and the need for self worth and care.
Allie: What’s at the top of your life bucket list?
Marissa: Probably going to a race track and learning how to drive a race car.
Allie: What’s your favorite Jewish holiday and how do you celebrate it?
Marissa: I love Purim. I get together with friends, dress up, and go to a local synagogue to celebrate!
Allie: I hear you are really good at planning events. What’s your best piece of advice for planning an awesome event?
Marissa: Be prepared for something to go wrong. If you ever think everything will be exactly how you planned, it just won’t. Being able to think on the fly for solutions is really important.
Allie: What is a quote or piece of wisdom you like to live by?
Marissa: My mom has always said “This too shall pass.” It has always helped me through times of doubt or change.
Allie: What’s your favorite smell and why?
Marissa: Anything cooking or baking. Knowing that really good food is in your future is always a good thing.
Allie: When Jews of DC Gather…
Marissa: You will always play Jewish geography and know at least one person in common.
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