Julia was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. She completed her undergrad at Ohio University where she made great connections in the Jewish Community through Hillel who eventually convinced her to move to Cincinnati post-graduation (after a brief stint in Santiago, Chile). Since moving to Cincinnati in 2012, Julia has lived in Clifton, Norwood, East Walnut Hills, and Pleasant Ridge neighborhoods and received her M.B.A. from UC. She is married to her college sweetheart, Brock, and they currently live in Mt. Washington with their yellow lab, Sadie. Julia likes running, crafting, reading, potatoes, ice cream, and puns. When she's not working at The Children's Theatre of Cincinnati, you can find her canoeing with Sadie and Brock on the Little Miami in the summer or at a Starbucks all year round.
Where did you grow up?
Suburbs of Chicago
If you’re not a native, how long have you lived in Cincinnati?
Since June 2012
What does community mean to you?
A community is a group of people who GET you. Whether it’s your fellow college alumni or people from your hometown or even people who watch the same TV shows as you do, they’ll understand you and you find common ground. Basically, you think the same memes are funny.
How do you “do Jewish?”
I identify as Reform and am generally pretty laid back, but certain traditions are extra important to me. For example, I always do a MAD clean of my whole house before Passover even though I don’t keep Kosher, and I have a Tu B’shevat Seder every year. Mostly, celebrating holidays and milestones according to tradition with friends and family.
It’s a hot summer day, what’s your drink of choice.
Before work: Starbucks iced blonde latte with coconut milk
After work: “Shafferita”: a.k.a. a margarita with PBR slowly added to top it off (named for a former coworker of mine from OU)
What do you do for work?
I work at The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati as their Marketing Coordinator.
What are your go-to ways to relax?
What is this “relax” you speak of? JK. If I’m super overwhelmed and need a mental break, you can probably find me in sweatpants on my couch eating Indian food and watching reruns of 30 Rock. #LizLemonIsMySpiritAnimal But if it’s just a chill day, you can find me reading, inside or out depending on the weather. Oh and I love a good face mask.
Favorite Jewish holiday? Why?
I love Passover because I was always excellent at finding the afikoman, and it means spring and warmer weather are here. Plus it’s a good excuse to clean my house and drink four glasses of wine.
Travel bucket list.
I definitely want to go to Arches National Park in Utah and Barcelona, Spain. I am also curious about Sweden after reading The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.
Favorite season, and why.
Summer! I love everything about summer: swimming, grilling out, hiking, camping, canoeing, warm weather, summer rain storms, not having to wear a coat, all of it. I hate being cold and I love being outside. Also, I loved going to camp in the summers growing up.
Strongest childhood memory
My family and I would visit my grandparents in Minnesota about twice a year. In the summers we would go up to their cabin and go fishing and go to the State Fair to get malts. In the winter we would go to the Mall of America to the amusement park in the center of it.
Best thing you’ve recently read or watched?
The Power by Naomi Alderman was amazing! And Queer Eye season 3 was phenomenal.