Atara Mayer, 31, was born in New York and raised in Jerusalem. Following graduation from the University of Maryland, College Park, she served in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) as a basic training commander in the Education Corps. Now back stateside and living it up in Silver Spring, Maryland, Atara loves fireworks, prefers chewy cookies to crunchy ones, and has her watch and her phone set to military time.
What is the coolest thing you’ve done in the past year?
Last June, the day before I turned 30, I jumped out of a plane. Skydiving was both terrifying and incredibly awesome. Facing that fear made me feel empowered and I encourage you to try it yourself.
Describe yourself in one word.
Thorough. I tend to notice details and glean satisfaction from checking items off lists.
You are an a cappella enthusiast. What is your favorite song to sing around the house?
Turn on any contemporary country music radio station and I’ll sing along to whatever song happens to be playing. Of course, I’d be remiss if I didn’t also mention Mezumenet’s a cappella music.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I love attending my street jazz classes twice a week, reading at the beach, and engaging in challenging activities, such as escape rooms, aerial ropes courses, and white-water rafting adventures.
If you could meet anyone, who would it be?
I wish I could meet my grandfather, Dr. Abba Walker z”l [of blessed memory]. From what my mother tells me, he was an extraordinary person, and I wish I had had the opportunity to get to know him.
What makes you laugh?
My siblings, whom I love very much and who are both very funny.
What is something about you that would surprise the people who know you best?
I like cilantro but I’m not crazy about cholent… or gefilte fish. (I know, I know. I promise I’m still Jewish, though.)