Jewish Guy of the Week – Mike

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Aaron: What brought you to DC?
Mike: I came to DC in 1997 from Long Island to attend The George Washington University where I studied information systems.  I got sucked into DC life and have been here ever since!

Aaron: What is your favorite thing about the DC Jewish community?
Mike: I appreciate the sheer number of young adults who are involved in various programs.  The DC Jewish community has so much to offer – there is programming out there for everyone – whether it’s my involvement with GLOE or Federation – we’ve really created an inclusive environment where everyone is welcome.   I really enjoy meeting new people and building long-lasting relationships.  I have been surrounded by Jews my entire life and living in DC enables me to continue this trend.

Aaron: What Jewish organizations are you involved in?
Mike: I have really enjoyed my involvement with The Jewish Federation.  As a child, I attended Young Judaea, a Zionist youth movement and summer camp.  From that, I built a strong connection to Israel.  I am able to use that to power my work at The Federation by participating on various boards: I am currently the Chair of Israel Engagement and served as the Campaign Chair for Young Leadership last year.

Mike and Eva

Mike and Eva

Aaron: Who is the coolest Jew?
Mike: I’m going to have to say Eva Davis.  Eva has been a lifelong friend of mine from the days of summer camp.  In 2008, she invited me to go to Super Sunday with her.  It was my first Federation event, and I had a great time.  We made phone calls to potential donors and I learned about a Young Leadership trip to Moscow that was coming up.  Within the week I had signed up to join Federation on the mission to Moscow.  When I got back from the trip, I decided to get involved with Federation.  This year, I am a co-chair of Super Sunday, which is on February 3 at the DCJCC from 12-3.  I am really excited that I can help make the day a huge success by encouraging everyone (including YOU!) to join us!

Aaron: Where can we find you on a Friday night?
Mike: I usually work pretty long hours during the week. Come Friday night, I like to sneak in a game of fetch with my dog Effie before hosting some friends for a Shabbat dinner or headed out to one of their homes for the same.

Aaron: Finish this sentence: When the Jews gather…
Mike: When the Jews gather on Super Sunday, we are able to reach thousands of community members who can make a difference locally, in Israel and around the world.  Be sure to join me on Sunday, February 3 at the DCJCC.  Register now at shalomdc.org/supersunday to help us get a TOUCHDOWN for The Federation!