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A New Year for the New Legislative Assistants: Our Reflections on 5775

A New Year for the New Legislative Assistants: Our Reflections on 5775

Last month, the six of us began our new year as Eisendrath Legislative Assistants, complete with apples and honey, a RAC tradition to mark our office “Rosh Hashanah.” After two weeks of orientation and several weeks of familiarizing ourselves with our new portfolios, we are looking forward to the Jewish New Year and excited for the opportunities it will bring:

We are excited to explore our issue areas further and contribute to the amazing work the Religious Action Center has done for more than 50 years. We all came to D.C. with our own unique passions and experiences in working towards tikkun olam. This upcoming year provides us not only with an opportunity to delve deeper into the issues that ignite our passions but also to develop new interests and to broaden our horizons.

We are excited to build meaningful relationships. We are all new to Washington, D.C., arriving from our homes in New York, New Jersey, Florida and Massachusetts. As 5775 approaches, we look forward to strengthening our friendships with each other, our coworkers, our coalition partners and finding new D.C. communities to join.

We are excited to explore D.C. Although we have all spent at least a summer in this city before coming to the RAC, we are eager to explore all the opportunities available to us in the District, this time as residents. From cooking in Columbia Heights to playing field hockey at Georgetown, biking near the Capitol to brunching in Eastern Market, we are already finding fun ways to spend our free time and look forward to finding more opportunities in 5775. We are especially excited to form new memories together, including a 5K that we are all planning to run together in March.

As Legislative Assistants, we will spend our new year fighting for justice as the voice of the Reform Movement in Washington, D.C. We hope you will also start this year off by incorporating social justice issues into your High Holiday observances with the following guides:

We know this new year will be a memorable year for us, filled with challenges and opportunities for growth. We wish you all a shanah tova u’metukah, a sweet and happy new year, and hope your new year is one of smachot (joys), beautiful memories and growth.


The LA Class of 2014-2015,

Rachel Chung

Jordan Dashow

Jonathan Edelman

Melanie Fineman

Liya Rechtman

Claire Shimberg


Published: 9/24/2014

Categories: Social Justice