Stephanie grew up in Baltimore and moved to DC almost four years ago “for the Jewish young professional community,” she said. “One of the events that showcased the breadth of the community for me was a Gather the Jews [now GatherDC] happy hour at Buffalo Billiards that had over 450 people!”
Originally from Brooklyn, New York, Daniel is 26 years old and lives in Washington, D.C.
Kevin Rudolph has been living in Washington, D.C., for a year and a half. Originally from California, he had a one-year layover in Jerusalem and a two-year layover in Chicago before moving to the nation’s capital. Kevin is a proud alumnus of UC Santa Barbara (on the best coast) and the University of Chicago. In DC, Kevin works as an advocate for the pro-business community.
Jackie Subar is originally from Dallas, Texas but calls Washington, D.C. home. By day, she works for the American Jewish Committee, directing their young leadership division, ACCESS DC. By night, she goes crazy: baking with friends, exploring DC, and trying to figure out how to play the piano with both hands — the struggle is real. She is excited about an upcoming trip to Miami, to be followed by a couple of days hiking along the Appalachian Trail.
Sara grew up in Silver Spring, Maryland, with her parents, older brother and two dogs. She graduated from Ursinus college, a small liberal arts college just outside of Philadelphia, with a bachelor of arts in English and Media Communications in 2013. After working for the Jewish Social Service Agency for two years, Sara was hired by Sulam in the fall of 2016 to be the Development Manager. In this role, she oversees the acknowledgment process for all gifts, stewards relationships with current donors, and works to engage and cultivate potential donors to the organization. She also prepare grant proposals for foundations and work closely with Sulam’s Marketing Director to plan and execute fundraising events, including the Annual Gala.
Daniel Winchester has been living in Washington, D.C. since 2012. He grew up in Fair Lawn, New Jersey and studied economics and French at Yeshiva University. Like a good millennial, Daniel manages a blog for an educational non-profit. He spends his free time reading, writing, and bloviating on Facebook, and his dream job is to write for The Onion. If you challenge him to a game of tennis or tiny-tennis (which some call “ping-pong”), he won’t be able to turn you down.
1.) Why did you agree to do this “Young Professionals Spotlight” interview with Kol HaBirah?
The only thing bigger than the illustrious launch of Kol HaBirah is my ego. It’s very important that people know things about me like, for example, what my most enlightening Buzzfeed Quiz result has been.
Pardes is a writer at the Independent Journal Review. She is 24 years old and is originally from Los Angeles, California. She graduated from UCLA in 2016 and currently resides in Washington, D.C.
Yoni Razin is 25 years old and was born and raised in West Philadelphia. He graduated from University of Maryland with degrees in history and rhetoric. He has lived in the Arlington Moishe House for the past year and a half. He started doing freelance graphic and web design work on the side a couple of years ago, and is now working as a branding and business development consultant.
Ari, 27, has worked in consulting for defense and homeland security solutions development since college. A Maryland native, he attended Berman Hebrew Academy and Churchill High School and spent time learning in Israel. Ari currently works in data science and strategy for Scale Up Global, a startup that specializes in bringing global cybersecurity innovation into the U.S. commercial and government markets. He loves science and philosophy, and the philosophy of science; he also loves basketball, hanging with friends, eating, learning Torah, playing guitar, cracking jokes, and singing and thinking about cross-domain problems and ideas.
Anahi Hurtado is a political communications major at George Washington University. She’s originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina, and grew up in Miami Beach, Florida. She is the current graphic design and operations intern at the GW Hillel, where she is responsible for the weekly newsletter and produces videos. She is also a writer for the GW Ax, the school’s online satire publication. Anahi loves writing, the Washington Capitals, and Argentina’s national soccer team.
Shoshanah Belzer has been living in Washington, D.C. for eight years. She grew up in West Hartford, Connecticut, and majored in interior design at Drexel University in Philadelphia. She works for a commercial real estate firm.
1.) You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why?