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Rachel: What brought you to DC?
Jenny: I was lured to DC by promises of fame, fortune, and power.
Actually it was a natural progression. After getting a masters in policy and working in consulting for a couple of years in Austin, I was ready to branch out. I came up to DC for a friends bridal shower/bachelorette party and decided that his was the city I need to be in. Low and behold two months later I had a job and moved to DC, and haven’t looked back.
Rachel: What is your favorite thing about DC?
Jenny: There is ALWAYS something to do here, something happening, or someone incredibly impressive speaking at one of a number of various different events. The cultural opportunities here rival those of NYC and perhaps other European cities, but I think you’d be hard pressed to find another city in the US with the wealth of the population and the engagement found here. I play on a softball team and it always boggles my mind that I play on a field (The National Mall) right next to monuments that I only saw in textbooks growing up. Gives me chills every time!
Rachel: What is your favorite Jewish holiday?
Jenny: It’s a tie between Tu B’Shavat and Purim. I was born on earth day and have an affinity towards all things earthy, plus fruit is one of my favorite things to eat so it works out well. Purim on the other hand is a little more exciting for obvious reasons. Like every other little girl out there, I have fond memories of dressing like Esther year after year. Finally had to retire that costume last year due to the fact that it didn’t fit after 25 years (jk).
Rachel: What is your favorite Jewish food?
Jenny: Such an easy question, obviously fresh challah right out of the oven. Growing up I had a hard time waiting for shabbos to eat my moms fresh baked challah, so often I would start sneaking challah by pulling pieces from the bottom, hoping no one would notice. It always became incredibly obvious I had hollowed out the challah when my parents went to cut into it and the middle was hollow.
Rachel: Who is the coolest Jew?
Jenny: I see Jews as a collective group, therefore I am going to have to say the community as a whole. It’s the incredible diversity and complexity that make us “cool”.
Rachel: Finish the sentence: When the Jews gather…
Jenny: ruckus ensues!