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An Oklahomie in Washington D.C.

Between work, the High Holidays, and so many other things, it’s hard to believe it’s been two months since I officially moved to Washington D.C. It’s actually my second time living here (I was here for a semester internship program in 2015), and I’ve spent a ton of time there over the last couple of years, and I’m loving it so far! I learned and experienced so much in New York City over the last couple of years (check out my goodbye letter to NYC) and I’m grateful for the chance to be in another phenomenal city.

Just like I took some time to reflect on my first couple of months in NYC, it’s time for me to take a step back and reflect on everything Washington DC!

I see people of all backgrounds, hometowns, passions, situations, and intentions passing through this city, seeking to follow the deepest desires of their hearts.

I hear a mix of cars and buses, planes and trains, carrying too many people to count toward their families, obligations, events, and their known and unknown destinies.

I taste everything on Mount Pleasant – the delicious chicken soft-shell tacos of Tacqueria Los Compadres, the perfect balance of bread, sauce, cheese, and toppings from Angelico’s Pizza, and the hard to beat happy hour appetizers of Marx Cafe.

I touch the Metro card to the scanner to take the bus to work, my umbrella to prepare for another unexpected rainy day, and my hand to another hand, meeting new and interesting people in our journeys.

I think of how to make this place stronger – to ensure that Washington D.C. continues its mission of being an exciting, loving, and difference-making city.

I feel proud that I’m making a difference doing something that I love – using Judaism to comfort and inspire people to change their communities for the better.

I believe in bringing more love, justice, harmony, peace, and truth into communities around the world.

I’m excited to continue exploring this awesome city! If you have any suggestions of restaurants, museums, or experiences I need to explore while I’m here, comment below. I’ll be sure to check-in every now and again and reflect upon everything going on in my new city. Here’s to many more spectacular adventures for the Oklahomie in Washington DC!

Evan Traylor is a rabbinical student and Jewish community builder, educator, activist, and writer. Through Judaism, he strives to bring more love, justice, truth, and peace into communities around the world.

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