Aaron: What brought you to DC?
Natalie: The George Washington University! I graduated in May 2012, and stayed here looking for new opportunities.
Aaron: When was the last time you were in Israel?
Natalie: Too long! My freshman year at GW I participated on a 3 week trip to Israel with Meor. I was actually born in Israel and lived there until I was 11 years old, and this trip at 18 was my first time back. It was honestly one of the most exciting moments I’ve had in a while. I still have family there and my best friend is studying in Jerusalem so I would love to go back in the near future.
Aaron: What is your favorite Jewish holiday?
Natalie: It’s a three-way tie between Hannukah, Purim, and Shavout! For Hannukah, I love watching the candles being lit and eating too many sufganiyot. For Purim, I probably have the best childhood memories growing up in Israel and making/receiving mishloach manot. And for Shavout… I love dairy products. Any holiday that revolves around cheesecakes and stuffed pasta shells is my favorite!
Aaron: Are you involved in any Jewish organizations?
Natalie: I was really involved with the Jewish community at GW, so I wanted to find organizations to stay involved with as a post grad. I recently joined the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces Young Leadership chapter in DC. FIDF is a great organization that raises money to support the educational and recreational needs of soldiers serving in the IDF. Actually, our DC chapter has a fundraiser coming up: A Night in Tel Aviv, March 9 at Washington Square in Dupont. There will be an open bar, Israeli food, and to top it off, we are flying in DJ Itay Galo from Israel! I am very excited for some Tel Aviv in DC!
Aaron: Finish the sentence: When the Jews gather…
Natalie: …don’t forget to invite me!