Meet Cory: Jewish Cyclist of the Week

by Allison Friedman / June 22, 2021

Get to know Cory Meyer! This Boston native turned DC lover offers some insight into the most scenic biking trails around the DMV, the best spot to grab a beer before a Nat’s game, and why his parents are his ultimate Jewish role models. Read on…

Allie: What brought you to DC?

Cory: I’m from Marblehead, Massachusetts and came to DC for a job with AIPAC after graduating from the University of Wisconsin. I’ve been here ever since—coming up on eight years now. When I first moved here, a lot of people said that DC is a great place to start your career, but that you’ll probably only be here for two or three years and then go back home or go somewhere else. But I obviously haven’t left. I live in Navy Yard now and it’s such a fun area to live in. It seems like there’s a new restaurant or bar opening every month—and it feels like a new city that’s still within view of the Capitol. 

Allie: Describe to me your dream day in DC from start to finish.

Cory: I would start with a small breakfast and go for a bike ride for an hour or two around Hains Point, the National Mall, and into Maryland or Virginia. Then, I would either have a coffee and a bagel sandwich from Call Your Mother, which is a classic, or grab a burger and a beer from Duke’s Grocery. In the afternoon I’d swing by Atlas Brew Works in Navy Yard before watching the Nats play—and then cap it off at a speakeasy on 14th Street.

Allie: What is your favorite way to relax or de-stress at the end of a long week?

Cory: I’ve gotten into cycling during the pandemic. I’ve been a runner for most of my life, but found that the DMV is a great place to ride. So I’ve been having fun discovering new trails and roads into Maryland and Virginia. I’m also into the Peloton when the weather isn’t as great, so both indoor and outdoor cycling have become outlets for me. 

I’m also a big sports fan, whether that’s going to a game in person or watching any of the four Boston sports teams. Sports have always been a way for me to de-stress, even if New England sports sometimes bring stresses of their own. 

Allie: What’s your favorite sports team?

Cory: I’m a Red Sox fan at heart. Baseball was my sport growing up. I love watching the Red Sox and watch as often as I can. But I’m a fan of all Boston sports teams—Bruins, Celtics, Patriots, Red Sox—if a game is on, I try to watch it.

 Allie: Do you have any favorite trails or tips for other people who are getting into biking?

Cory: If you start in DC you can go for a long way up into Maryland and see some really beautiful parts of the area. I do a lot of riding on the roads but there’s also the C & O Canal, and the Capital Crescent Trail which you can pick up in Georgetown and take a long way for some scenic riding. We live in a pretty amazing area for fitness in general, so whether you’re a runner or a biker, or whether you want to go five miles or fifty miles, you can see some great things along the way.

Allie: Do you have a Jewish role model?

Cory: I have two—my parents. I grew up in a very strong and proudly Jewish household. My dad is the rabbi of Temple Emanu-El in Marblehead, MA. And from my earliest years, my parents instilled in me a deep love, pride, and commitment to Judaism. I attended Jewish day school, made Shabbat around our family table each week, and learned from parents who are leaders in the community. Living that experience, being in the spotlight as a family unit, and watching how my parents’ humble leadership has helped create meaningful Jewish experiences for countless families over the years continues to inspire me every day. 

Allie: What is something at the top of your bucket list right now?

Cory:  I’d love to do the Israel Ride that goes from Jerusalem to Eilat. It’s five days and around three hundred miles, and you ride in a team with people from all over the world and camp along the way. Being able to see Israel in such a unique way and do a significant fitness challenge at the same time would be great.

Allie: When Jews of DC Gather…

Cory: You’re guaranteed to have mutual friends.

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