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Jewish Girl of the Week – Shira

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Aaron: What brought you to DC?
Shira: School!  I came to DC for college at GWU.  Except for a brief break to study abroad in Switzerland, I haven’t left.

Aaron: What is your favorite part of the DC Jewish community?
Shira: I love how accessible it is.  There are tons of events events every month, but I love going to the Shabbat services and dinners that are designed for young professionals.  I also love how small the Jewish world is – between Jewish high school and summer camp, I run into people I know all the time!

Aaron: We hear you work on the Hill for a fellow member of the Tribe.  Can you tell us more about that?
Shira: I work for a Jewish member of Congress, and it is so great to have that connection with my boss.  The Congresswoman is me with rachelan active Israel advocate, so I’ve gotten to meet lots of interesting people.  It’s nice to have someone in charge who understands needing to take time off for the holidays.  Besides, if we run out of things to talk about, I always ask about her brisket recipe – I hear it’s divine.

Aaron: Who is the coolest Jew?
Shira: Coolest Jew of the moment is Spike Mendelsohn.  I am slightly embarrassed to admit it, but I recently watched a lot of Top Chef and was super impressed that a local chef was up there and making such delicious food!  Also, We, the Pizza and Good Stuff Eatery are among my favorite places to grab lunch during recess or dinner after work.

Aaron: Where can we find you on a Friday night?
Shira: Either at happy hour with friends or at one of the young professionals services around the District.  My favorite is Shir Delight at Adas Israel.  After long weeks at work, I like to unwind with friends.

 

Jewish Girl of the Week – Jenny

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Aaron: How long have you been in DC? Where were you before DC?
Jenny: After finishing an awesome four years at the University of Michigan (Go Blue!), I spent 11 months in Israel before I moved here in September for a job.

Aaron: What’s your favorite thing about the DC Jewish community?
Jenny: I love how involved the DC Jewish community is and how welcoming everyone has been.  I’ve had a really easy transition to life in DC because everyone has been so nice and inclusive.  There’s always something to do in the community – happy hours, volunteer opportunities, gatherings of Jews, interesting speakers, and concerts – which make life in the District extra fun and exciting!

Aaron: We heard you took a gap year in Israel. What was that like?
Jenny: It was amazing!  Being in Israel for such a long time allowed me to really get a sense for the country.  I volunteered with Magen David Adom on their ambulances in Tel Aviv and interned in their overseas office (a serious plug for Career Israel, a Masa program!).  During my year there, I also tutored children in Jaffa and worked at the Lone Soldier Center in Memory of Michael Levin.  My favorite part of being in Israel for a year was celebrating all the holidays (Israeli style!) and feeling integrated in Israeli culture (I have developed a true sense of chutzpah!).  I can’t wait to go back for Pesach this year!

image (1)Aaron: Are you involved in any Jewish organizations here in DC?
Jenny: I recently joined the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces Young Leadership Chapter here in DC. FIDF is a great organization that raises money to support the educational and recreational needs of soldiers serving in the IDF. We are having a happy hour on January 16 at Lost Society on 14th St which I’m really looking forward to!

Aaron: Who is the coolest Jew?
Jenny: My man, Shimon (Peres). Everyone wants to be his friend!

Aaron: Finish the sentence: When the Jews gather…
Jenny: …they sing to each other Les Mis style (well at least that’s what I’ve been doing all week!)

 

Jewish Girl of the Week – Rachel

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Aaron: What brought you to DC?
Rachel: I was actually born in DC!  I grew up in the DC suburbs- in Potomac, Maryland and attended the Jewish Day School in Rockville.  I went to the University of Wisconsin-Madison (Go Badgers!) and graduated with a degree in Journalism and Mass Communication.  After graduation, I moved back to DC and landed my dream job as an Online Strategist for a global PR agency.  I am now living in the Dupont area!

Aaron: What’s your favorite thing about the DC Jewish community?
Rachel: My favorite thing about the DC Jewish community is that there are always so many different events to choose from and new people to meet.  Just last week I went to Hanukkah Happy Hour on the Hill, the Lone Soldier Happy Hour, and the Matisyahu concert.  No matter what your interests are, there are 100+ ways to meet other young Jews in DC.

Aaron: Any Jewish events you recommend?
Rachel: I am on the Communications Membership Committee for 2239.  2239 sponsors events year round for DC-area Jews ages 22-39.  Whether rebuilding a house in Birmingham, Alabama after a massive tornado, sharing Shabbat dinners along pic 3the Metro line, outings to the National’s games, or enjoying Happy Hours- there are plenty of events to choose from!  Everyone should check out the Facebook page and join us anytime.  Next? I’m looking forward to the annual Christmas Eve festivities for young Jews in DC!

Aaron: When was the last time you were in Israel?
Rachel: I’ve been to Israel 4 times in the last 7 years and I can’t wait to go back.  My last visit was in March to celebrate my best friend’s wedding.  She met her husband when he tried to sell her a hair straightener at Tysons Corner- he was living in DC after his IDF service.  You never know when or where you might meet someone!

Aaron: Who is the coolest Jew?
Rachel: This is a tough one.  Coolest Jew of the moment is definitely Carly Rose Sonenclar.  Crossing my fingers she wins ‘The X Factor’ this week!