Aaron Wildavsky is a member of the Israeli Defense Forces. This was a confusing decision to all, as Aaron is not particularly zealous in the same way that most lone soldiers are. The leading theory is that Aaron didn’t know what to do with his life and likes shawarma and disorganization, so he went to Israel. Honestly, not a bad call on his part. Before joining the IDF, Aaron attended Washington University in St. Louis, where he studied political science and history. An interesting culinary note about Aaron: He doesn’t leave himself enough time in the morning for his instant coffee to cool, so he makes it with lukewarm tap water. Weird.
Miranda Kalish is a preschool teacher at the Manhattan JCC. This job choice makes sense, as it allows her to live out her dream: being in “the city”. Before starting this job, Miranda attended Washington University in St. Louis where she studied psychological and brain sciences, design, and children’s studies. Her hobbies include lint rolling, vacuuming, cooking, and Stacy’s Cinnamon Sugar Pita Chips. Miranda is in fact the only Kosher Kollege contributor to go pro with her culinary skills, as she works for the NYC-based Cookie Dō Confections® on the weekends.
Miranda’s Recipes: Teriyaki tofu stir fry, Mac and cheese, Sweet potato latkes, Shakshuka, One pot pasta primavera, No-bake Oreo cupcakes, Hamantashen, Lasagna, Cookie dough, Blueberry crumble, Slow cooker fajita chicken, Sweet potato crusted quiche
Reuben Jesse Cohen is a freelance literary critic based out of Montreal. By this I mean that Reuben enjoys fine literature and is currently in Montreal looking for a job as he recovers from his 17th foot surgery. Reuben graduated from Sarah Lawrence College, where he majored in nothing because they don’t have majors. While not busy with such scholarly pursuits, Reuben enjoys watching baseball and tasting foreign beers. Additionally, he is an ordained priest as well as a Yiddish revivalist. Reuben’s current goals remain unchanged: he hopes to be living a hipster city doing something.
Rachel Multz is a “first-year” (or whatever they call freshmen in med school) at the Boston University School of Medicine. It is unclear whether or not she is actually studying medicine, or just looking at cute pictures of English Premier League soccer players. Previously, Rachel attended Washington University in St. Louis, where she was pre-med but also inexplicably studied history. She grew up in Nassau County, Long Island, a hometown which she is extremely proud of. Perhaps most importantly, Rachel is unmatched in her love for British TV, especially shows which feature tall and handsome Jewish actors who can sing.
Jon Galitzer is a [insert money-related occupation here], where he is doing something that still requires him to post a lot on social media about real estate. He graduated early (or maybe just bailed after three years) from the University of Maryland, where he took his studies seriously and his social responsibilities seriously-er. In his free time, Jon enjoys the great outdoors, in particular hiking, fishing, or anything that gives him an excuse to wear a bucket hat. Jon is currently engaged! His fiancée, Rebecca, also has a recipe on Kosher Kollege, but she was smart enough to decline a personal bio. Good for you, Rebecca.
Zimi Sloyer is a junior at Washington University in St. Louis studying business something and psych something. Zimi grew up in Stamford, Connecticut, but everyone knows that she spent school nights sleeping on the roof of Ramaz, where she went to high school. At Wash U, Zimi is a member of Alpha Epsilon Phi sorority and currently serves on the Chabad Student Association board. She enjoys following the Yankees, and dreams of one day being the first ever female MLB team GM, or at least being able to hang out with Aaron Judge.
Talia Menche is a junior at Washington University in St. Louis studying psychology. Talia is from New York City, where she graduated from Ramaz. At Wash U, Zimi – I mean Talia – is a member of Alpha Epsilon Phi sorority and currently serves as the president of the Chabad Student Association board. She is also involved with the SWAP program, where she probably does something but mostly just hosts Facebook events. Talia is legendary for her Spotify playlists, which have been described by many as both “fun” and “chill”.
Alex Ingber is… well, he’s being kind of mysterious about what he’s up to right now. Anyway, Alex graduated from Colorado State University, even though he took a gap year in the middle of college to attend Yeshivat Reishit. On campus, Alex was a leader of both the wrestling team (he’s jacked) and the Jewish community, and he is known by all as someone who puts his heart into everything he does. Alex was directly involved in the opening of a Kosher bistro on CSU’s campus, which makes him an expert when it comes to Kosher food in college.
Aaron Graubert is an algorithms-maker-guy for the Broad Institute in Boston. This job allows Aaron to pursue his passion of bioinformatics (even though he still doesn’t know what that is) and dressing extremely casually for work. This is Aaron’s first foray outside of St. Louis, as he grew up and attended college there. Well, except for that one time he walked 12 miles without realizing it while playing Pokemon Go. In addition, Spongebob has a very special place in Aaron’s heart, and he can quote it like nobody’s business.
Aaron’s Recipes: Mustard chicken
Ellen Lalk is a graduate student at MIT, researching (or studying, or working, I’m not really sure what you do in grad school) oceanic chemistry or something else cool. This perhaps explained why she studied chemistry at Washington University in St. Louis, a choice which made little sense to anyone (including Ellen herself). Also, people at grad school probably get a lot of free tee shirts, and Ellen lives for that. Despite her convoluted academic career, Ellen still finds time to pursue her true passion: collecting anything and everything penguin themed. Of course Ellen has the obvious collectibles, like stuffed animals, pillows, and scented candles, but she also has an ice bucket with penguins on it. Now that’s dedication.
Ellen’s Recipes: Lasagna
Avichai Ozur Bass is a senior at Princeton University, where he is studying something that requires him to travel to all sorts of places. In his time at Princeton, Avichai has been to Senegal, Tanzania (at least, I’m pretty sure it was Tanzania and not Tasmania), Lisbon, Flores Island, and Cyprus. In theory these programs were all academic, but it seems that Avichai spent more time learning about the local cuisine and fashion than he did in the classroom. Whatever major Avichai is doing now is at least his third at Princeton, as he was one of those kids in high school who was good at hard sciences and humanities and thus couldn’t decide which to focus on in college. After graduation, Avichai hopes to do anything other than go to more school.
David Solkowitz is a student at Hebrew College in Boston, where he is studying for a masters in Jewish Education. He also works at Temple Aliyah in Needham as a Hebrew School teacher. David attended Indiana University, where he presumably did something other than go to basketball games and Shabbat dinners, but nobody knows for sure. Most importantly, David’s name is pronounced “Daveed,” with a long e sound. Do not mess this up. Also, David is the only person wearing a tie in their Kosher Kollege headshot. Classy move. And seriously, anybody wearing a tie deserves to have their name pronounced correctly.
Jen Greenberg is a Senior at Washington University in St. Louis, where she is studying Education and Religious Studies. Jen is a proud alum of Golda Och Academy in West Orange, New Jersey, where apparently all they learn is how to say “Aaron” so it sounds like “Aaaaaaaaaaron”. Extracurricularly, Jen is a devoted member of WUWU (Wash U Women’s Ultimate), and a volunteer Hebrew School teacher on Sundays. Jen’s dream in life is to study the anthropological foundations of vocal mannerisms in religious private schools. Her presence as a contributor to a food blog may surprise many, as she has been known to have some form of cheese on some form of bread (yes, Jen, pasta counts as some form of bread) for at least 3 out of every 4 meals.