Jewish Girl of the Week – Jessica

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Rachel: What brought you to DC?
Jessica: I moved to DC for a job—- I received a really unique offer that I couldn’t pass up.  I’m a Jersey Girl and New York will always be my city.  But with all of the District’s galleries and entertainment options, DC and I are getting along fine.

Rachel: What are some things you enjoy doing in DC?
Jessica: Brunch, hitting up the farmers markets, trivia at Sixth and I (you’ll find me on team Blink 180 Jew), schmoozing with interesting people, being on a first name basis with every dog in Chinatown, and brunch.

Rachel: You said brunch twice.
Jessica: I like brunch.  But thankfully I’ve gotten really into running lately.

Rachel: Any races coming up?
Jessica: Glad you asked!  I’m actually captain of a team for PurpleStride, the 5K to raise money for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.  Anyone can join (or donate to!) my team.  We’re called Brunch.FIGHT.Run!  (Click here to join the team or donate)

photo (2)Rachel: What is your favorite Jewish food?
Jessica: Definitely Noodle Kugel.

Rachel: Who is the coolest Jew?
Jessica: That’s a tough one- there are a lot of cool Jews!  I’ll go with Adam Levine, Ben Stiller, Josh Radnor, and Rick Recht.  Adam Sandler would be on the list if only he’d dressed up a little more for the 12-12-12 concert.  And there are a ton of Jewish philanthropists that deserve credit here too.

Rachel: You co-authored “21 People You Will Meet at a Jewish Singles Happy Hour” with Brian Fishbach- who you met at a GTJ happy hour!  Did you personally experience those 21 people before meeting Brian?
Jessica: Absolutely.  We had been talking about these archetypes of people that you’re basically always meeting in any networking situation, and the article just took form.  We received a ton of feedback- everyone was saying how relatable it was- like they know or can identify with at least five of the 21 people on the list.  Personally, I’m the bagel snob state school sorority girl, but if I met your cousin in Israel, then I’m the Jewish geographer too.