Jewish Girl – Julia Moss

Jewish Girl - Julia Moss
(Jewish Girl of the Year Voting Page)

What makes you a “super Jew?”
Um, hello! My name is JEW-lia. That kind of says it all. But the real reason I’m a super Jew is because I eat, breathe, and live D.C.’s Jew scene. Whether it is kicking butt at Sixth & I’s trivia night or going to the Labor Seder with fellow members of Jews United for Justice’s Jeremiah Fellowship, I’m all about exploring and building my Jewish identity in every possible forum. It’s the core of who I am; it’s my passion and my purpose. Also, my facebook picture used to be of me and Rick Recht.

If you could add on five more commandments
(per this video: 15 Commandments) to the Ten Commandments, what would they be?
11. Thou shall not judge thy neighbor on the cleanliness of her apartment/desk
12. Thou shall not miss an opportunity to have froyo or eat outside when the weather is beautiful
13. Thou shall not use proper nouns or made-up words when playing Scrabble or Bananagrams
14. Thou shall remember that snowpocalypses, long weekends, and happy hours are all perfectly good excuses to act like a kid again and have ridiculous amounts of fun.
15. Thou shall never feel embarrassed to dance or sing-a-long to really bad yet catchy pop songs (Party in the U.S.A., anyone?).

Favorite book by a Jewish author or book that discusses Judaism:
Sure, Abraham Joshua Heschel is amazing, and no one gets 20th century Jewish American life like Philip Roth, but they’ve got nothing on my “Camp JCA Shalom Malibu Summer 1996” songbook.

You are “so D.C.” because:
I am “so D.C.” because my favorite time of day is happy hour; my birthday always falls during the peak of the Cherry Blossoms; I’ve lived here for 6 years, and they’ve been the best 6 years of my life; I don’t understand why people would want to live anywhere else in their 20s and 30s; no matter where I go, I run into people I know; I don’t mind humidity; I root for the Nationals.

On Friday night, you can find me at:
I rarely miss a Moishe House Shabbat, and who doesn’t love Sixth & the City? I love NexGen’s monthly Shabbat Hoppins (Rosh Pina on April 16th at the Hamilton House). Also, Tikkun Leil Shabbat is an awesome experience, as is having friends over for a traditional Shabbat dinner with an Apples to Apples or Taboo showdown.

In ten years you will be doing where and doing what?
If all goes according to my master plan, in 10 years I’ll still be 24 and having an awesome Jewishly fulfilling  life in D.C. But if I can’t suspend time, then I hope to be 34 having an awesome Jewishly fulfilling life in D.C., but maybe not renting.

Jewish Girl – Tila

Jewish Girl - Tila

How will you change the world as Jewish Girl of the Week?
I’m not sure how I can change the world as Jewish Girl of the Week, but I would definitely know how to change the world as Jewish Girl of the Year… hint hint

Who makes the best matzah ball soup?
My mom!!! She is an amazing cook.

Which biblical character are you most like?
Maybe Esther… Because like her, I believe that a strong Jewish community is very important.

What is your favorite Jewish holiday?
My favorite Jewish holiday is Shabbat because it occurs every week! I love the feeling of being able to just relax with friends and family and not have to think about the stresses of the week.

Who is the coolest living Jew (besides the GTJ staff)?
Other than the GTJ staff, I would have to say Natalie Portman.

Where can we find you on a Friday night?
On a Friday night, you can find me either at Chabad or 6th and I.

Jewish Girl – Rachel

Jewish Girl - Rachel
(Jewish Girl of the Year Voting Page)

Should challah have raisins?
Never! Except for that holiday where it is supposed to have rasins in it. It’s all about tradition, right?

Smooth or Chunky Peanut Butter?
Smooth.

Favorite dish your mom/grandmother makes.
My grandmother’s Matzoh Ball soup. She passed away a few years ago and I still dream of the soup that I will never have again. My mother was denied the recipe and although she has put an enormous effort into duplicating it, recreating that magical concoction still eludes her.

Jewish superhero by night, what by day?
A scratching post for my children.

Where could we find you on a friday night?
6th and I probably, with the creators of this site.

What’s the longest drive you’ve ever taken?
A three day road trip through Central Australia’s Northern Territory from Cairns to Alice Springs. Imagine nothing for three days but the occasional farm that spans hundreds of miles and some random Dingos and kangaroos. But camping out at Uluru and feeding a kangaroo named Mary some beer in a coffee cup made it totally worth it. Never have I wanted to take a kangaroo back on a plane to America with me so badly

Jewish Guy – Yaacov

Jewish Guy - Yaacov

What was your nickname when you were little?
Yaacovito

What’s your favorite Passover candy?
Is this a trick question?

Where can we find you on a Friday night?
Usually enjoying the spiritual blessings of every soul-loving bite of the Kabbalah Cook’s food (trademark , JK) and the company of my fellow young DC Jews. If that option is not available, I now peruse gatherdc.org for contingency plans. Thank you, gents.

What is the best thing you have done on a Sunday morning?
Stop and ponder the meaning of “Sunday morning.” I am a slave to my perceptions of reality including time and space and wonder what else, if at all, is out there. As far as something I can put on the ol’ resume, I would have to say running any of my four half marathons.

Where in the world is the most beautiful sunset?
That’s easy. Jerusalem in the Yemin Moshe/Mishkanot Ha’ananim neighborhood overlooking the Old City. Nothing will ever beat that.

What is your favorite Bond Movie?
Casino Royale… Daniel Craig rocks as Blonde Bond