Guy of the Week – Yoni

Aaron: What brought you to DC?
Yoni: I was born and raised in Chicago.  I graduated law school in the midwest in 2010, and shortly thereafter got a job with the United States Patent Office so moved here for the job.  The cool summers are also great.

Aaron: We heard you are an engineer and lawyer, what is that like?
Yoni: It’s a great combination where you get to stay up to date on technology and see it from the legal perspective.  It’s a really fascinating field.

Aaron: Aren’t your parents are Israeli?
Yoni: Yeah both of my parents are from Israel, so I grew up around a lot of Israeli folks in Chicago.  The community there is very tight knit, and I also am usually able to get along in other Israeli groups because of my fluency in Hebrew.

Aaron: What’s your favorite part about living in DC?
Yoni: I think the Jewish community here is phenomenal and I think it’s very easy to meet people in DC.  The city is a little smaller than Chicago so it’s actually a bit easier to get around also.  People are from all over which also makes it interesting.
Aaron: What do you want to be when you grow up?
Yoni: Either a police man, construction worker, cowboy, or a patent lawyer. We’ll see.  Working at the patent office is probably most relevant for being a cowboy.

Aaron: When is the next time you go to Israel?
Yoni: I’m hoping to be there for a good vacation this year. I haven’t seen all my family in a while and being in Israel is always a good experience.

Aaron: Where can we find you on a Friday night? 
Yoni: I usually go to Chabad, as well as Kesher and find both communities to be very warm, welcoming and easy to get along in.  I also really enjoy cooking and frequently host dinners or lunches.