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.
What is your favorite quote?
“The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” It’s the perfect quote for a religious person fighting to make the world a more free and equitable place.
What is your favorite thing about Purim?
Honestly, it’s drinking at the Purim seudah [festive meal]. While I am generally careful about my alcohol consumption, I do enjoy the feeling when I do drink and Purim provides that opportunity.
What do you most enjoy about your training with Sunflower Bakery?
I like how similar it is to working at an actual bakery. It’s one thing to understand a concept theoretically, but to do it again and again in practice is much more meaningful.
What is your favorite movie?
“The Great Dictator.” A lot of that has to do with the speech at the end, which stood up to the prevailing wisdom of the time and showed the need to resist oppression.
What is your idea of a perfect day?
One in which I don’t have to do anything and yet still accomplish a lot.
Where do you see yourself in five years?
I see myself working at my own bakery, where all workers are given an equal say in bakery policy. I also see myself with a wife; I’m not sure if we have kids yet.
Who is someone you admire?
Bernie Sanders. We currently have an exploitative and corrupt system and I can’t think of anyone who has been doing more to change it for the better. I considered trying to think of a less political choice, but in the end, everything is political.
What are you currently looking forward to the most this spring?
“Avengers: Infinity War” is coming out around then. I don’t think anything else is topping that.
Interviewed by Batya H. Carl