Guy of the Week – Matt

Aaron: What brought you to to DC? 
Matt: I grew up in the DC Metro area for most of my life, but from 2004-2011 I was living in NYC.  What ultimately brought me home was wanting to be closer to most of family and close friends.  I always knew I would move back to the area, but I needed a few things, including my job, to line up at the right time.

Aaron: What is the coolest thing that you have done in DC thus far?
Matt: I got involved with the group 2239 with Washington Hebrew Congregation and they planned a service trip where we helped rebuild a family home in Birmingham, Alabama, after it was destroyed in a tornado.  It was great to be able to give something back as well as make a ton of new friends in the area.

Aaron: If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live? 
Matt: At this point in my life, I would say the DC Metro area, but for the purposes of playing this game I would say London, Chicago, or Buenos Aires.  I just got back from Buenos Aires so that city moved onto my list in the last day or so.

Aaron: Who is the coolest Israeli you know?  
Matt: Lirone Segal. She is a personal trainer down in Richmond.  She is an extremely optimistic person and is always looking to bring the best out of people to improve their lives.

Aaron: Finish this sentence: DC Jewish life is like …..
Matt: a box of chocolates??..kidding… So far my experience is that it is a huge community of people who come together to enrich their lives socially and culturally.  I didn’t grow up around this community so much, but ever since I got back to the area, I’ve never met so many people doing such positive things.  We all have different methods to how we go about this, but the overall goal seems to be very similar.

Aaron: What is your favorite Jewish holiday?
Matt: The kid in me would say Hanukkah because who didn’t love getting presents eight days in a row, but I would have to say Passover.  This is the one holiday that seems to bring the most family into town and it’s also a great time to reflect on all the blessings we have in our daily lives.