Jewish Girl of the Week – Jennifer

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Rachel: What brought you to DC?
Jennifer: I originally moved to DC for graduate school in the fall of 2007 and completed a degree in International Relations at American University.  Ever since I moved here, I fell in love with the city.

Rachel: You recently began blogging for Jewelry Judaica. Could you tell us more about that?
JenniferJewelry Judaica allows me to merge two big passions of mine – my love for writing and Jewish-themed jewelry.  When I was living in Los Angeles after finishing my undergraduate degree at UCLA, I worked for the directors of Jewelry Judaica as an administrative assistant and simply loved the warm working environment.  The business is family-owned, and over the years they have become like second family to me.  I was impressed by their high quality Jewelry, their commitment and loyalty to customers, and the enthusiasm and kindness always exhibited towards me.  They played a major role in motivating me in my personal endeavors as well, including pursuing my career dreams in DC.  And of course, I love the jewelry!  All of the jewelry is either made in Israel or Los Angeles.  Now I am enjoying partnering with Jewelry Judaica again by writing on topics including Jewish symbols and holidays. The DC Jewish community can receive 25% off of all orders placed by 12/31/13 with the coupon code GTJ25.

Rachel: What’s your favorite way to spend Shabbat?
Jennifer: I enjoy attending many of the wonderful community Shabbat dinners offered to Young Professionals in DC – including Mesorah DC and Chabad Shabbats.  But my favorite way to spend Shabbat is typically to be with friends, and meet new ones. It’s always fulfilling to share the spirit and holiness of the day with those I am close to, and with new faces as well.

K-630 a-1Rachel: What is your favorite Jewish holiday?
Jennifer: This is a tough question, but if I had to pick one, it would be Sukkot.  The theme of Sukkot is happiness; on Sukkot it is a mitzvah to increase our joy before G-D.  We remember G-D’s kindness and reaffirm our faith in him, as symbolized by living in the sukkah.  G-D wants us to be happy by drawing close to him and trusting in him.  And, if you haven’t done it before, I recommend helping to either build or decorate a sukkah next year; it happens to be a lot of fun!

Rachel: Finish the sentence: When the Jews gather…
Jennifer: …the world is the limit.  When Jews come together, we can accomplish anything we put our minds to, and everything is possible, as long as we are united.  What I hope and pray for is that we can all focus on “Ahavat Yisrael” (love for one’s fellow Jew).  We are all one, one single soul connected to G-D, regardless of race, gender, Jewish affiliation, practice, and any other difference that may exist between each of us.  While each of us plays a unique role in this world, I believe we should strive to also recognize our commonalities, give to one another, and literally view each other family.