Meet Nomi: Jewish Moishe House Resident of the Week

by Allison Friedman / April 7, 2020


Allie: What brought you to DC?

Nomi: I graduated from college in May and I had a lot of friends from college who moved to DC. I remember going into a sports bar that had Senate hearings on instead of sports, and knew this was the right fit for me.

Allie: Why did you decide to live at the NoVA Moishe House?

Nomi: When I was on my gap year in Portland, Oregon we worked with the Moishe House there, and when I studied abroad in New Zealand I went to a Moishe House there for Passover seder. As I was trying to figure out what I wanted to do after college, I visited some of the Moishe Houses in Boston and then when I came to DC – I knew that was a community I was really drawn to.


Allie: What has been the highlight of your time at the Moishe House?

Nomi: We did a Shabbat dinner that was kind of a Welcome Nomi Dinner. We made thai curry – which is one of my favorite foods – and had about 60 people show up! There were so many great conversations.

Allie: Are there any programs you’ve done with Moishe House that you were especially excited about?

Nomi: When I moved, it was right before our MLK Day event, and because I am very passionate about social justice, I had some specific ideas about how best to do it. We made weekend bags to give to schools for students on meal programs so  kids could have food over the weekend. I want to make sure our house is having a sustainable impact and filling the needs of the community.


Allie: Walk me through your dream day in Arlington (if we weren’t living during a global pandemic):

Nomi: I would start off the day by going to the Arlington Farmer’s Market, where I would get some good bread, cheese, and vegetables. Then I would go out to lunch somewhere and probably get thai curry – I’m open to suggestions on where to go. Then I would find a good nature walk. In the evening, I’d go happy hour at Galaxy Hut, and end up at a friend’s house watching movies.

Allie: How are you coping and staying sane in the midst of coronavirus?

Nomi: My sanity varies from day to day, but I recommend building a routine. Every morning my alarm goes off at the same time, I make myself a cup of coffee and listen to The Daily podcast before I sit at my “desk” (AKA: the folding card table at the foot of my bed).

Then I work – I’ve been writing for the website of an anti-hunger advocacy organization. I actually started 48 hours before the office went remote due to coronavirus, and I am glad to be working for an organization that is helping ensure everyone has access to food every day, especially under the current circumstances.

Oh and on a good day, I’ll do a virtual yoga or Zumba class in the evening.


Allie: What is your favorite way to celebrate Shabbat?

Nomi: A Friday night dinner with my friends, and to make challah. I love to make challah and cook.

Allie: What is your favorite Jewish holiday?

Nomi: I like Passover. I was born around Passover and have had many sponge cakes for birthday cakes. There is something very intentional about Passover that you have to do your spring cleaning and you are very deliberate about what you are cooking and eating and that intentionality really speaks to me.

Allie: What is something that’s on your life bucket list?

Nomi: I want to go backpacking in a country where I don’t speak the language. I used to go to Camp Ramah in the Rockies and I learned that I really love backpacking. I have only been to one country where I didn’t speak the language. I really want to be immersed in nature and another culture.

Allie: Is there anything on your bucket list for the DMV-area?

Nomi: I want to take advantage of all of the museums in the area. I definitely need more than an afternoon to see everything. I am looking for good breweries, I love doing brewery tours. I love going on tours and learning about history, and am also looking for ways to engage with indigenous communities in DC.

Allie: When Jews of DC Gather…

Nomi: Great stories are told and made.


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