Jewish Guy of the Week – Eran

What brought you to DC?
Coming from my Israeli family and growing up in Texas taught me to dream big and make a difference in this world.  I always wanted to work in foreign policy, especially in relation to the Middle East.  DC seemed (still seems) like the place to affect real change.  Having just graduated from law school in August and having a significant amount of time to kill before the bar exam, I decided it might be time to see for myself how wonderful the DC area really is.  I was fortunate enough to get an internship with the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution and have not looked back.  So far, it’s been great and the people have been awesome. Also, my brother and his beautiful wife live here which helped ease the transition quite a bit (I owe them a lot)…

Where do you live?
I recently relocated from my brother’s couch to the Montgomery County Moishe House.

What is great about Moishe House?
It is the people and the community of Moishe House that make it so great.  My housemates are the best and have made me feel at home.  I look forward to helping them create a vibrant Jewish community and everyone is welcome!

What’s your favorite Jewish activity?
Besides the holidays and Shabbat… I’d say eating on the holidays and Shabbat.. and eating in general…

What do you want to be when you grow up?
I wanted to be a professional basketball player, but unfortunately was not graced with the height or athletic ability of one.  So, I am hoping to be a prosecutor and a peace negotiator and eventually own a basketball team.

How is Pi a Jewish number?
After some research, aside from being included in part of a Jewish fraternity name, it seems as though pi is not a Jewish number as we just rounded to 3…  I think it is close enough.  Also, pie is delicious… Mmm… Pie…

What is the first thing you do every morning?
Press snooze.

Where can we find you on a Friday night?
At a Shabbat dinner… Eating…

Who is the most inspiring Jewish leader and why?
The law student in me wants to say Louis Brandeis, but the Israeli in me says Theodor Herzl.  Both were unique in their Zionism and helped bring about the establishment of the independent State of Israel.  Brandeis fought for social justice and once said, “Most of the things worth doing in the world had been declared impossible before they were done.”  Herzl envisioned a Jewish state would be a “light unto the nations.”  Maybe I’m a bit naïve, but I have a strong connection to Israel, to Judaism, to justice, and I aspire to make the most of what they started.

What is your favorite Jewish movie?
My favorite Jewish movies are Life is Beautiful, Everything is Illuminated, Schindler’s List, and Inglorious Bastards, even though the lead actors are not Jewish.  However, Adam Sandler movies, such as Billy Madison and Happy Gilmore are also great, but are not necessarily Jewish movies… Do those count?

Tell us what it was like growing up Jewish.
As the son of Israeli immigrants, I grew up in a traditional Jewish family in Texas.  Being Jewish is a part of me.  It is a set of lenses without which I could not see the world clearly.  Judaism is in my family, my friends, and my self.  Being Jewish is who I am.  I can’t let go of it, and never really considered trying to run away from my own sense of self.

Who is your favorite sports team?
Picking one is a little bit difficult, but I’ll try.  The Houston Rockets, the Texas Longhorns, and Maccabi Tel Aviv.

To contact Eran, email info@gatherthejews.com (your email will be forwarded).