Mitzvah Maker – Josh

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Rachel: What brought you to DC?
Josh: Work brought me here, but having previously lived on the beaches of South Florida, Tel Aviv, and Sydney I didn’t expect to stay long.  Almost three years later I’m still here and loving everything about this city: the young vibrant community, rooftop bars on U St, running by the monuments on the Mall, instagraming everything through pretentious filters with mildly clever captions, and gathering with the Jews.

Rachel: You work on the Hill.  Can you tell us more about that?
Josh: I do Foreign Policy for Congresswoman Lois Frankel who represents the Southeast Florida coast from Palm Beach down to Ft. Lauderdale.  She sits on the House Foreign Affairs Committee and its Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa so I’ve been keeping busy lately: Iran, Syria, Egypt, Ukraine…and Kings Landing.

josh2Rachel: What’s your favorite thing about DC?
Josh: The mild and consistent weather patterns.

Rachel: What’s your favorite way to spend Shabbat?
Josh: Shabbat dinner with friends and family, Saturday afternoon football at Meridian Hill Park, capped off with picklebacks at American Ice Co. and a show at 9:30 Club.

Rachel: What is your favorite Jewish food?
Josh: Kosher chicken nuggets from the kids table at Bar Mitzvahs you’re too old to be at.

Rachel: Who is the coolest Jew?
Josh: It’s a tie between Tim Cohen, the Senior VP of Hillel who cares more about the Jewish world than anyone I know, and Mila Kunis… because come on.  Honorable mention goes to the rest of my family and to Drake… because HYFR.

Rachel: You’re the Events Chair for JNFuture. What is JNFuture. Can you tell us more about that?
Josh: Come to Local 16 Thursday, April 3rd and you’ll find out for yourself!!  (Facebook page / Register here).  In a nutshell, JNFuture is a young professionals group in DC that engages the next generation of leaders committed to supporting Israel.  Whether its building rocket-proof playgrounds for kids in Israel’s south, developing water infrastructure in the desert, supporting centers for the region’s mentally ill, or planting trees, we can have a tangible impact on Israel’s future through JNFuture.