Jewish Girl – Nikki

Nikki(Jewish Girl of the Year Voting Page)

Nikki on why she should you be Jewish Girl of the Year:
As one of the Chosen People, being chosen as GTJJGOTY would be an honor. After living in DC for ten years, GTJ brought new life to our J-Community, reinvigorating and inspiring me to get involved. I love GTJ and would proudly represent you. And…I really do want world peace.

You manage an apartment building in Dupont Circle. Tell us about the craziest thing that’s happened.
I have an incredibly interesting job that I love.  I’ve seen almost everything, and my residents tell me pretty insane stories, no details though (best to respect their privacy).  I can say that I am able to handle almost any “crazy” situation.  I have been present for many lifecycle events including births, britot milah, baby namings, engagements, bachelor(ette) parties (gone bad), and sadly, deaths.  I have played detective with the FBI, but most of all, I feel lucky to meet the fabulously wonderful residents and puppies living in my building.

Tell us about your hometown.
Altoona, PA
Population: 47,176

It was obviously easy to “Gather the Jews” in Altoona with a Jewish population of 536 (number quoted from my dad).  Following in my big sister’s footsteps (with my little sister soon to continue the tradition), I spent a few summers at Camp Ramah in the Poconos before attending GW.  Coming from a city where my grade of 700 had three Jews, I was shocked that three of the four people randomly placed in my freshman dorm room were Jewish.  I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to find my place in such a large and diverse Jewish community like DC, but I soon learned that DC Jews are welcoming with a small town feel…”Hey, don’t I know you from somewhere…?”

I loved growing up in Altoona, and John Mellencamp had it right in that “…I’ve seen it all in a small town, had myself a ball in a small town…”  I’m not afraid to drive in the snow, and I miss the smell of campfire in my hair after a night in the woods with friends.  Altoona is also the home to the world’s oldest operating wooden roller coaster, a chocolate and a pretzel factory, as well as The Horseshoe Curve (please feel free to research later).

GTJ slap bracelets were your idea. Tell us about it.
Slap bracelets were always cool, and ever since my school banned them in 6th grade I have been waiting for the next opportunity to prove how stylish they are.  When I realized that GTJ needed a more physical way to gather and tag the Jews of DC, it seemed like a perfect match.

How can we see you dance?
I guess stalking me in my apartment would offer the most intimate performance opportunities, but if you tend to be less creepy, you can come to my next performance with Unevenlane in February at Dance Place www.unevenlane.com.  If you missed our performance at the Kennedy Center in October, don’t worry I won’t hold it against you. After many years of not dancing in any formal setting, it is really wonderful to be performing again.

For the past 6 years, I have also been involved with Dana Tai Soon Burgess & Co, another fabulous local dance company, and I currently sit on their Board.

Word on the street is that there’s going to be a poetry showdown between you and Stephen Richer. True?

I was unaware of this proposed Stephen-Nikki showdown,
But surely you all know that I will wear the poet’s crown.

One Hanukkah poem from Stephen does not a true poet make,
But my lifetime of rhymes for all occasions ensures that I am not a fake.

While I know Stephen is a master of another trade,
For writing poems this boy will never get paid.

If you need a little ditty for your next birthday invitation or wedding speech,
Ask me next week ’cause right now I’m with my family in Palm Beach.

I’m thrilled to be the last Jewish Girl of the year,
I’ll see you at the next GTJ Happy Hour-you can buy me a beer.