In October, I am hosting a Shabbat dinner, courtesy of Taglit Birthright, the organization that sent me and my sister to Israel FOR FREE. I even get my own Shabbox

Circle-ize: the verb of to get into a circle, originated by our tour guide Gil

Harel: our incredible bus driver who was a part of our family. We played lots of poker together!

The Roman Sisters: the nickname given to me and my sister by the group. We were very proud of this, especially after one girl told us we should have our own TV show :)

Sanasa: this very difficult-to-spell phrase is a special song and dance originated by Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie on The Simple Life. The Roman Sisters have adapted it and made an effort to

Because I’m having withdrawal from Israel, I decided to bring the culinary goodness to my own kitchen! I found a recipe for a traditional poached egg dish, called shakshuka, on Smitten Kitchen. This is originally meant to be a breakfast dish, but it is still delicious for lunch or dinner.

(Note: Zac Gorman, one of the people on the trip, wrote an insightful blog post about the other people on our trip. I wanted to echo his thoughts, but I figured that I would just link to his post instead because I share so many of his [well-said] sentiments)

Here I sit on the Megabus from NYC to DC after 10 incredible days in Israel. I

…I landed approximately 4 hours ago in NYC. I will have many updates to come but I need time to process the trip before speaking articulately about my experience.

For now, I will say it was truly one of the most incredible trips of my life, I enjoyed it to the fullest, and I would encourage EVERYONE who is eligible for Birthright to go ASAP.

highlights of the past few days:

  • today i got a care package in the mail from my former roommate’s mom. she is SO sweet and considerate. it had a calendar with pictures of herbs and related recipes, as well as a “make your own herb garden” kit. and the card made me tear up!
  • i can justify lying in bed reading jurassic park as “schoolwork,” because i can write an extra credit report on it for geology class
  • i had dinner with a new friend. we’re both sick of the standard gw hang out spots, so we explored new places and had some fun little adventures. we plan to make it our new tuesday night tradition after our class gets out
  • i was invited to be a writer for a new website launching at gw. the details are still up in the air as of now, but it was flattering to receive an offer
  • i was invited to speak at an event for my major. specifically, i was asked to talk about interdisciplinary work because of my interest in bridging the gap between business and non-profit work
  • just 9 days until i leave for israel!
  • the livingsocial interns have a fun happy hour planned for tomorrow night!
  • i was interviewed for bgsk college, which is launching soon


  • i’m still sick after almost a week! despite sipping enormous amounts of green tea, drinking theraflu, popping vitamin c drops, and taking nyquil, i’m still not feeling 100%
  • my laundry has not cleaned itself yet! what a shame
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