Young Leadership Spotlight: Kira B.

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Tell us about your new role as Melvin Cohen Young Leadership Associate, NEXT DC Coordinator? What will you be working on?

As the Melvin Cohen Young Leadership Associate, NEXT DC Coordinator, I will be coordinating and staffing our Birthright Israel: DC Community trips (we’re sending two trips this summer), engaging Birthright Israel alumni and other young adults to explore ways that may be most meaningful for them to get involved in our Jewish community.

Right now I am working with lay-leaders (volunteers) to plan Reverse Mifgash 2017!  We will be welcoming 11 Israeli alumni, from our Birthright Israel: DC Community Trips to DC, for a ten-day “reverse Birthright” experience. Be on the lookout for opportunities to join us May 15– 25!

What is one piece of advice you will try to share with your Birthright Israel participants?  

“Do your best to go in with no expectations and make the most of every opportunity.” This is the advice that my brother gave me the first time I went to Israel. To say the least, the summer of 2007 at Alexander Muss High School in Israel was the best summer of my life!

Growing up, what was your favorite Jewish holiday?

Some of my fondest memories are around the table during our Passover seders. Whether we’d be in Ohio, with my uncle who is a trained cantor and cousins who could rattle off each and every Passover song, or with some of our best family friends in South Florida, it was always a good time, filled with laughs and surprises.

Somehow, I’m still the one who’s singing the four questions. Thankfully, the first Borman baby was born just a few weeks ago, so I shouldn’t have too many more years!

What is your favorite Jewish food?

I’m the one at our Passover seder who will be going back for seconds (or thirds) of matzo ball soup.

What is one thing on your bucket list?

For years, I’ve been wanting to take a road trip up the Pacific Coast Highway. Some of my best friends did it last year… if only it hadn’t been over the High Holidays.

 

Let’s get to know each other. Please feel very free to contact me at kira.borman@shalomdc.org or 301-348-7343 to set a coffee or lunch date – it’s on me.