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Aaron: What is the best part about being Jewish?
Suzy: Being connected wherever you go, like that song, “wherever you go, there’s always someone Jewish.” My non-Jewish friends are so impressed by that ability we have to walk into a room anywhere and be a degree or two separated from other MOTs around the world. It’s a really great testament to the community and family of the Jewish People. We really are a people no matter where we are from, how we practice, or what we think. We are a family. It is kind of magic if you think about it.
Aaron: Tell us about your favorite Shabbat?
Suzy: When I was in Israel for my first time as part of the NFTY-EIE high school semester in Israel Spring 2002, we had Kabbalat Shabbat on a park overlooking the Old City before walking down and going to the Kotel for the first time. It was so peaceful and powerful. All the girls linked arms walking down to the wall, and were all crying by the end. Our teacher all gave us sprigs of rosemary as we started Kabbalat Shabbat, and the scent will always remind me of the city and that evening.
Aaron: Is it true that Jews don’t play sports?
Suzy: NO! Come on, did you see Aly Raisman? And what about the Israeli team competing in the World Baseball Classic this year? Koufax? Mark Spitz? Ryan Braun??! I think we don’t play sports because our parents are too busy encouraging us to be book-smart, but, if encouraged, we can do anything. I would really like my SF Giants to get a Jewish player. That would be awesome (Ahem, Sabes, do you hear me: Jewish Player).
Aaron: Where can we find you on a Friday night?
Suzy: Often going to sleep early because I’m marathon training in the summer and running my second marathon with Team Hope for the Warriors, raising money for wounded troops. Or because I’m volunteering at 6:30 am at a women’s health clinic with the Washington Area Clinic Defense Task Force (WACTDF), protecting a woman’s right to choose in the DC area. I volunteer once a month with WACDTF. Those are two things that are super important to me: a woman’s right to make her own health care decisions and supporting our veterans, and I honor Shabbat by doing things that make a difference in my community. If I have my Saturday mornings free, I’ll spend Friday night at DC Minyan or a friend’s Shabbat table drinking single malt.