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.
What are three things that inspire you?
One: Torah — I know it sounds cheesy, but it literally inspires me. I’d give anything to be able to spend my day sitting and learning. Two: When people go out of their way to help others or make them happy. Three: When 18,000 people sing “Hatikvah” together at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) Policy Conference.
What would you do all day if money were no object?
Probably exactly what I do now (aka go to work, go to the gym, cook pretty things, and spend time with friends), but with more expensive bottles of wine and a personal trainer. I’d also have an airplane for those days when a girl just needs to go to Paris. Or the Kotel (Western Wall).
What are the last three pictures you took on your phone?
A picture from a Nats game with some friends; a screenshot of my Nats ticket to get into the game; anda caramelized onion, asparagus, cheddar tart a friend and I made, because if you make pretty food and don’t put it on Instagram, does it really even count as dinner?
What brings you joy?
Elephants. There is actually nothing cuter than a wobbly little baby elephant. You can ask my friends — any picture or video or other medium of showcasing a baby elephant brings pure joy to my being.
What is your favorite quote?
“In the end, only three things matter: how much you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you.”
If you could relive any memorable experience, what would that be?
My best friend and I took a road trip to Delaware for the day a few summers ago. In our attempt to follow the GPS to get to the beach, it took us to this dead-end street with a little canal running through it and declared we had arrived at our destination. I’m not sure why, but we both found the whole thing hilariously funny and I can’t recall laughing that hard ever. I’m sure it was a “you had to be there” moment, but I’d relive that just for that unabashed “laughing until we were crying” moment with her.
What is your guilty pleasure?
Fill in the blank: What the world needs now is ________.
A good therapist and a strong drink.