Introducing Harvey Kaplan

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Harvey Kaplan, 26, grew up near Chicago and currently lives in Silver Spring, Maryland. He earned a degree in physics from Purdue University before moving to Maryland for grad school. (Fun fact: Harvey played saxophone in the Purdue Jazz Band.)

Introducing Gabrielle Barr

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Hailing from Virginia Beach, Virginia, Gabrielle resides in Washington, D.C., where she is pursuing an associate fellowship program at the National Library of Medicine. She attended Johns Hopkins as an undergraduate and then went onto University of Michigan to study archives and records management.

Introducing Becca Federman

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Becca Federman is originally from Toledo, Ohio, but currently resides in Washington, D.C., where she graduated from George Washington University with a concentration in Middle East studies.

Three, Two, One — And We're Now Live With Hilary Lane

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Hilary Lane, 28, is originally from Freehold, New Jersey. She attended Solomon Schechter Day School as a child, and “the Jewish education and special care and love for teachers shaped me into who I am today,” she said.

Introducing Mitchelle Glass

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Mitchelle Glass is 24 years old and currently in the second phase of the Pastry Arts training program at Sunflower Bakery in Gaithersburg, Maryland. He grew up in Laurel, Maryland, and lives in Silver Spring, Maryland, where he davens at Young Israel Shomrai Emunah. A ba’al teshuvah, Mitchelle says he aims to live his life according to a rational approach to Torah Judaism.

Introducing: Courtney Leach

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Courtney Leach grew up in Woodbridge, Virginia, and currently resides in the Kemp Mill neighborhood of Silver Spring, Maryland. A security coordinator for the Overseas Security Advisory Council with the State Department for the last two years,  Courtney will soon be a graduate student at University of Maryland University College (UMUC), where she will pursue her master’s in intelligence management.

Introducing: Michael Alan Spencer

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In life, Michael Alan Spencer always throws caution to the wind, the rain, and the snow. You would know that if you saw his original version of the paragraph below, which was written in the style of the Old Spice Guy and included references to stallions and various stage directions. (Ed. note: Sorry Michael.)

Introducing Menachem Mendel Davis

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Menachem Mendel Davis is 23 years old and was born and raised in Baltimore. He attended the Talmudical Academy of Baltimore from kindergarten through 12th grade, and then studied at Ohr Somayach in Jerusalem for two years. He graduated cum laude in Business Administration from the University of Baltimore’s Merrick School of Business.

Introducing Becky Eisenberg

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Becky was born and raised in Skokie, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. She went to Washington University in St. Louis and majored in biomedical engineering and chemical engineering. Becky has been in the area about 10 years, living all over the DMV — from Pentagon City to Foggy Bottom in Washigton, D.C., and now Rockville, Maryland, to name a few — and works as a patent examiner for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. She can be found on Monday nights playing trivia at Bier Baron, and she also enjoys an evening spent “knitflixing”(knitting while Netflixing).

Introducing: Jared Phusia

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If you ask Jared Phusia where he’s from, he says he’s from “a little bit of all over.” Jared’s dad served as a urologist in the Air Force when he was growing up, so their family got around, spending time in Charlottesville, Virginia; the Mississippi Gulf Coast; Florida; and New Jersey.

Introducing: Russel Sparks

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Russel Sparks (yes, that is his real name) is from Chappaqua, New York, home to both Hillary Clinton and Kol HaBirah’s very own Bari Perlmutter. Russel went to Carnegie Mellon University and works as a patent examiner. He has lived in Maryland and DC but currently resides in Rosslyn, Virginia, right across the Key Bridge from Georgetown, where he attends services at Kesher Israel.