I've been in NoVa since the Fall of 2007, and came to the DC area to work as a consultant for the Federal Government. A unique job in these parts, I know. I'm originally from Cleveland, Ohio and went to college at Washington University in St. Louis, where I majored in Marketing. I'm also a certified Scuba diver
I've always had a deep interest in Israel for a variety of reasons. First, I have a decent sized branch of my family tree living in Jerusalem. An uncle, his wife, their 8 kids, and those kids' 6 kids. They're religious, in case you were wondering. Keeping up with Israeli news and current events made me feel more involved in their lives, despite the 6,000 mile cavern between us. My experiences leading up to, and participating in, a Taglit Birthright Israel trip in the Winter of 2008-09 got me even more involved in Israel. Being there and seeing the country through historical, religious, and modern-day perspectives was incredibly eye-opening and a truly moving event. Seeing how today's Israelis have built up our land into a successful nation once again, after 2,000 years of exile, is something to behold. Being there just felt 'right,' I guess. There's just something about Israel that I've never felt anywhere else.
This is my first time blogging, but I'm definitely glad that I get to start off with a subject about which I'm so passionate. Hope you enjoy.