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.
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!