Jewish Girl of the Week – Allison

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Rachel: What brought you to DC?
Allison: Growing up a political junkie, I always knew I wanted to live in DC at some point.  After graduating from the University of Arizona, I spent a year not doing much of anything.  I want to go to grad school and had to decide between DC and New York.  I ended up choosing GW and fell in love with the city and the people here.  I think I might be a lifer.

Rachel: You work at The Israel Project.  What kinds of things does The Israel Project do?
Allison: The Israel Project’s tag line is “facts for a better future”.  We make sure the media, policy makers, and the public know what is going on in Israel and the Middle East, so that Israel has a future.  Shameless plug, check out TheTower.org to see the great work TIP is doing.  I work in the fundraising department which isn’t super glamourous, but I love it.

680569_10101491903580162_378792321_oRachel: What’s your favorite way to spend Shabbat?
Allison: Now, I am usually exhausted from the work week, but spending time with friends is a typical shabbat for me.  Growing up, I, like most Jewish kids I know, went to summer camp (Woo! Camp Barney Medintz).  Shabbat there was the best.  It was a day of relaxing and doing what you loved to do.  If you wanted to go swimming, that’s what you did.  I kind of take that mentality into my shabbats now.  Just try to spend it doing what I love to do with the people I love.

Rachel: What is your favorite Jewish holiday?
Allison: I love Sukkot.  Growing up we (my parents) would build a sukkah and my sister and I would decorate it.  I just remember eating outside with friends and family.  Now that I live in the city it’s a little harder to celebrate, but I still love eating outside.

Rachel: Who is the coolest Jew?
Allison: Well I can’t narrow it down to one so here is a short list:  Jon Stewart, Michael Oren, Joshua Malina and my grandparents.

Rachel: Finish the sentence: When the Jews gather…
Allison: There better be enough food… or else!