What does being a member of the Jewish community mean to you?
To me, it means having a heightened awareness of my actions and recognizing the enormous responsibility I have as a Jewish person. Every action any Jewish person takes becomes a reflection of the entire Jewish population and, unfortunately, the negative actions will always have a bigger spotlight.
What Jewish organizations are you involved with?
Why do you stay involved in the Jewish community?
I stay involved in the Jewish community because I like being Jewish and I want to have other people to share the various facets of Judaism with. I have friends who are not Jewish and I love hanging out with them, but there is nothing like the connection that exists when I'm with my Jewish friends and family.
How do your friends and family shape your Jewish involvement?
I was taught at a young age the importance of Judaism/religion and the honor it is to be a Jew. Being Jewish is not easy and it is not meant to be easy. My dad has been the main shaper of Judaism in my life and has taught me most of what I know today. In a world where religious people seems to be dwindling, I'm happy to say I have a strong faith.
What non-Jewish organizations are you involved with and why?
I am not involved in any non-Jewish organizations.
Why is CJN Tomorrow important and what do you hope to accomplish through it?
It's important because it's another way Jewish people can get together and work to accomplish something bigger than ourselves. I'm looking forward to helping the Jewish community and providing any feedback I can.
What do you like about the Cleveland Jewish News?
It's nice having a publication for the Jewish population. We have to acknowledge any win we can get. We live in a society where our ideals and traditions take a back seat to occasions like Christmas, so it's nice to have something so prominent that we can read and connect with.
What is your favorite activity to do in Cleveland?
My favorite activity is probably going to Cavs games. I'm a huge fan and it's always a great time.
What is your favorite Jewish tradition?
I think my favorite tradition is hearing the story of Exodus during Pesach.
What is your favorite Israel moment?
My favorite moment in Israel was taking a few minutes at the wailing wall to write a poem for my family.
What is your favorite Jewish holiday and why?
I like Pesach the most. The story is inspirational and I really like the food, even though we have to cut out certain delicious items.
What is your favorite Jewish food?
Does lox count? If it does, I choose lox
Were you involved in a Jewish youth organization?
Yes, I was in the Exodus chapter in BBYO.