“When I moved to DC in 2008, I didn’t really know too many people and had no family in the area, so the Jewish community was an easy and a great way to make friends. I realized that many of my friends were also alone up here without our families nearby. So I decided to step up and take the lead and host the major holidays and Shabbat for my friends. It also felt more intimate, fun, familiar and less stressful than going to a large holiday event with hundreds of people. From there, my dinners grew tremendously and I became known for hosting Shabbat dinners.
A friend approached me in 2013 about co-hosting a Sephardic Shabbat service/dinner. I agreed and it was a massive success! From there, I began hosting monthly Shabbat dinners through my organization Sephardic Jews in DC.”