Introducing: Stephanie Hefter

Written by Batya H. Carl on . Posted in Young Professionals Spotlight

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!”


Stephanie worked previously in higher education but now works in human resources at a software company. Fun fact: in addition to speaking Hebrew, she can speak a bit of Arabic, Farsi, Spanish, French, Amharic, and American Sign Language as well.

What is your favorite Rosh Hashanah tradition?

Dipping apples in honey.

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What do you like about living in DC?

People are welcoming and friendly, the city is clean, and there are a multitude of different events for the Jewish young professional community.

What do you like to do when you aren’t working?

Rock climbing, visiting pop-up bars around DC, and going to Israeli concerts!

Are you more of a leader or a follower?

Definitely a leader. I recently went on a shabbaton where someone I had just met told me I had a “leadership face,” and that I was so organized because I knew the schedule of events. I’ve also had loads of success recruiting people to attend events in DC, from
happy hours and mixers to movie showings and concerts.

What is your favorite travel memory?

When I met a famous French-Israeli singer at a wedding in Paris and we ended up talking backstage!

What are you most looking forward to this fall?

My trip to Miami, so I can escape the cold weather.

What brings you joy?

Talking to people from other countries about their culture, language, and food! One of the best ways I do this is during Embassy Day in DC (I go every year).

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Interviewed by Batya H. Carl