Meet Our New MHWOW Coordinators

Moishe House
Sep 7, 2017 · 4 min read

On August 21st, MHWOW added two new Program Coordinators to the team. Meet Liza Moskowitz and Leah Jalfon!

Liza and Leah are here to help MHWOW hosts with program ideas, mintranet issues, reimbursements, and finding Jewish resources!

Liza Moskowitz

Hometown: Plano, TX
Current City: Chicago, IL

Email: liza.moskowitz@moishehouse.org

Astrological Sign & why you identify with it
Leo — I love my summer birthday because who doesn’t enjoy sitting on a rooftop with friends and drinks to celebrate? I once read that Leos bring energy that help themselves and others shine, and the world needs a little extra sparkle.

If you could have dinner with any 3 people, dead or alive, who would they be?
1. Aaron Sorkin — Creator of the best show of all time, The West Wing, and my alter ego, Press Secretary CJ Cregg. I would want to hear his thoughts on how his show is more poignant than ever. #BartletforAmerica

2. Lin Manuel Miranda — Who wouldn’t want to meet this man? I cried through all of Hamilton because I was so grateful to be there, and I realized with every song that passed, the end of the show was getting closer.

3. John F. Kennedy — I watch the Kennedy Center Honors every year with my family, and I would want to thank him for prioritizing the arts & culture for American society.

If you could be in any TV show as a character, which show and what character?
The West Wing — See above for love of Aaron Sorkin. Obviously would want to be CJ Cregg. Wickedly smart, witty, and a phenomenal communicator — why wouldn’t you want to be her?

First AIM screen name & why your 10 year old self chose it
SoccerGal93 — Who wasn’t obsessed with Mia Hamm at the age of 10?

Favorite Jewish holiday
Pesach means a lot to my family, and my dad always led the seder. The Moskowitz rendition of Dayenu really brings the house down every year.

Favorite MH Event
Chicago Lakeview Moishe House would host monthly bonfires during the summer, and I loved building a consistent community who enjoyed the company and s’mores.

Leah Jalfon

Hometown: Memphis, TN
Current City: Charlotte, NC

Email: leah.jalfon@moishehouse.org

Astrological Sign & why you identify with it
Aquarius — I don’t know much about my zodiac sign to be honest, I had to look it up, but I identify with it pretty strongly! I care a lot about social justice, and I’m definitely a little “out there.”

If you could have dinner with any 3 people, dead or alive, who would they be?
1 & 2. Keegan Michael Key and Jordan Peele — they’re my favorite comedians, and I think having dinner with them would just be really fun.
3. Dead or alive, but what about fictional? Because I would love to meet Leslie Knope.

If you could be in any TV show as a character, which show and what character?
I would be Leslie Knope from Parks and Recreation! She has dedicated her life to making her community a better place, she stays positive even in the toughest situations, she’s super thoughtful and gives great gifts, and she can eat a ridiculous amount of waffles without getting fat.

First AIM screen name & why your 10 year old self chose it
My first screen name was “shortnsweet205.” I’ve always been vertically challenged so that’s where the “short” comes from, and 205 was the number on the back of Ruben Studdard’s jersey and the area code of his hometown, Birmingham, Alabama. I was a big fan of American Idol at the time, and was devastated by his loss to Clay Aiken. #priorities

Favorite Jewish holiday
My favorite Jewish holiday is Purim. I love that the Purim story has a strong female protagonist. When I was a kid, we dressed up for Purim for Sunday school. Most girls dressed up as Vashti or Esther. I came as Mordechai. L’chaim.

Favorite MH Event
I’ve loved all the events I’ve been to at the Charlotte Moishe House, but my favorite one recently was a Shabbat potluck we had a few weeks ago. It was a simple program, but it was just really nice to spend time with my friends and welcome newcomers to Moishe House.

The MHWOW Team (from top): Liza Moskowitz, Terry Wunder, Syvan Diamond, and Leah Jalfon

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