We heard that you live with a bunch of Jews…why?
I’m doing a program called AVODAH- the Jewish Service Corps, which brings together recent Jewish college grads with a passion for social justice between the ages of 22-26 to live together and do a year of service in the community. In DC, there are 24 corps members in two houses. I have 13 roommates and the other house has 10 roommates. It’s kind of like MTV’s Real World, except we’re not being filmed.
What brought you to DC?
I moved back to Seattle after college in the Midwest and spent a year working for the King County Public Health Department. I plan to get a Masters in Public Health and am fluent in Spanish. When I saw La Clinica del Pueblo as a placement through AVODAH, I knew that’s where I wanted to be. So, here I am- a Case Worker at La Clinica del Pueblo, a free health clinic in Columbia Heights that provides culturally appropriate health services, aimed at the Latino community. And, I love it!
What was your favorite Shabbat dinner?
I love Northwest cuisine, so I would say what I grew up on – Salmon, lots of salads (green salad, fruit salad, quinoa salad, etc.), challah, and something chocolate-y for desert. All organic, local, and sustainably grown, of course.
When are you going back to Israel?
I hope to go back to Israel next year because I’ve always wanted to live in Tel Aviv. I’m looking at potential internships or volunteer opportunities now.
If you could Gather all the Jews, what is the first thing that you would do?
A giant dance party, Bar/Bat Mitzvah style.
Where can we find you on a Friday night?
I like to mix it up- Sometimes I go to Sixth & I, sometimes Moishe House, sometimes Adas Israel, sometimes TLS, and sometimes out to dinner with friends or just relaxing at home.
We hear you plan to bike half-way across the country this summer, is this true?
Yes! It’s always been a dream of mine to bike part-way or all the way across the country and I figured now would be the perfect time to do it. I hope to leave from Washington DC the second week of August and my goal is to make it Wisconsin by Labor Day. I’m looking for a biking partner (or partners), so if you’re interested, please let me know!
Any other athletics you are involved with?
I am currently training for the IronMed Sprint Triathlon at Georgetown next month. It’s my first one, so I’m a little nervous. And, I am looking for a kickball team to join in the spring. If your team is lacking a player, hit me up!
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