What does being a member of the Jewish community mean to you?
It means connection. No matter where I go in the world, there is always a Jewish community that makes you feel at home.
What Jewish organizations are you involved with?
I only recently moved back to Cleveland from Philly, but prior to moving - JCLE and YLD, Tribe 12, the Collaborative and Jewish Heritage Project. I’m also a Birthright Israel fellow.
Why do you stay involved in the Jewish community?
The Jewish community shaped the person I am today. It gave me an opportunity to explore Judaism in way that was relevant and meaningful for me. I stay involved to help sustain that community and continue to provide others a space to explore a Judaism that fits their needs.
How do your friends and family shape your Jewish involvement?
My Judaism was built on the memories of my family and friends through stories, foods, traditions and rituals. I carry these memories close to me and make sure that I continue to share them and build on them.
What non-Jewish organizations are you involved with and why?
In Philly, I volunteered for the Mural Arts Program and joined the Browns Backers (which was a sad attempt to stay connected to Cleveland). I volunteered for the MAP because I fell in love with the work they do for the city. They use art to ignite change and transform people, communities and institutions. Please look them up, they’re amazing.
Why is CJN Tomorrow important and what do you hope to accomplish through it?
I want to make the CJN relevant for all generations of Jewish people.
What do you like about the Cleveland Jewish News?
Its brings together all corners of the Cleveland Jewish community.
What is your favorite activity to do in Cleveland?
Exploring the city – food, art, music and festivals.
What is your favorite Jewish tradition?
I very rarely observe Shabbat but I love the idea of separating a busy and sometimes hectic week from the weekend, and recognizing that the next 24 hours are meant for some form of reflection, relaxation and replenishment. Plus there’s nothing better than a Friday dinner with good friends, good food (plus lots of drinks) and good music.
What is your favorite Israel moment?
When I am connecting with the people and the culture, and hanging with good friends! There’s a special bond with people I’ve met in Israel; no matter how many years pass or how many miles are between us.
What is your favorite Jewish holiday and why?
Passover because my extended family is always together which welcomes a lot of love and good times with a little bit of a chaos.
What are your favorite Jewish foods?
Noodle kugel and shakshuka.