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.

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: Rachel Hellman

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Rachel Hellman grew up in Pikesville, Maryland, and currently resides in DC. A kindergarten teacher by day and Kesher Israel volunteer on evenings and weekends, she loves to cook and host Shabbat meals to bring people together. In her free time, Rachel enjoys Zumba, People magazine, board games, and “Friends” reruns.

Introducing: Lauren Barney

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Lauren Barney is 24 years old and hails from the great steel city and city of champions, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She currently lives in Washington, D.C., and is getting her master’s degree from The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies.

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.

Introducing: Ezra Schwartz

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Ezra Schwartz is a 24-year-old software developer living in the heart of DC. Originally from Baltimore, he graduated from the University of Maryland in 2016 and moved to the nation’s capital later that summer. In his free time, Ezra can be found testing his knowledge at local trivia, sporting spiffy bow ties around Kesher Israel, or catching the latest flicks at the movies.  

Introducing: Jeremy Fogelman

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Jeremy Fogelman is originally from Silver Spring, Maryland. He received an undergraduate degree in computer engineering from University of Maryland College Park and his master’s in systems engineering at Johns Hopkins University. He currently works as a software developer by day and a film reviewer by night at hotchka.com. He is also part of the Washington, D.C.-area Film Critics Association.