Jewish Guy of the Week – Scott


You moved from Ohio, what are the similarities between DC and Ohio Jewish life?

Well in Cleveland the proximity of synagogues is very similar to DC. The conservative shul is just a couple blocks away from the Chabad house (there is a whole street with many synagogues of all denominations). What is interesting is that unlike back home where one belongs to just a certain synagogue and can’t go anywhere else, in DC I have many choices as to where to go, whether it’s Chabad, Sixth and I, DC Mynan, etc. I very much like the idea of having a choice from week to week on where I would like to go.

Why did you jump out of a plane?
Well that’s easy, why not? It was actually a goal of mine all throughout college, and during my senior year I decided to finally take the plunge. I’m a bit of a adrenaline junkie, so this was just the beginning.

What is your favorite Jewish holiday?
Actually its Hanukkah. This is the only time of year when I get to see all of my cousins at once, and we always have a blast.  Our big family party is a great way to see each other, and there is some amazing food.

What is the most delicious dish your mother cooks? And that’s a tough one.  My mother is a very good cook, so picking one dish is pretty difficult. I would say it is the sweet and sour pot roast she makes on Rosh Hashanah or perhaps the Matzah ball soup (depending on the holiday I may change my answer). Oh, she also makes a mean calzone. The list goes on and on.

Challah French toast or Matzah brei?
French toast hands down.  Actually, before I came to DC I made challah French toast about once a week. I haven’t had a chance to do it lately, but hopefully I can find the time.

How did you find your apartment?
Well from…. Gather the Jews of course! I just moved to the city and was looking for a place to live any way I could think of, and a friend of mine told me about Gather the Jews. So about a day after I posted that I am looking for a place to live I get a call from none other than… Aaron Wolff!