Three Questions for: Daniell Nadiv
Senior Director of Jewish Journeys, Places, and Welcome
Q: You have an unusual title: Director of Jewish Journeys, Places, and Welcome. What’s it all about?
Daniell: One of the things I love about the Jewish community is how we come together to celebrate and support. When people have a baby or another life cycle event, their fridge and freezer are filled with homemade meals from friends and families. There is an inherent desire to take care of our community and embrace people during their times of joy and sadness. However, as life has become increasingly busier and people are moving further apart, that sense of community has the potential to fade. As the Senior Director of Jewish Journeys, Places, and Welcome, I am trying to help recreate the sense of welcoming and community. At Federation we want everyone to feel embraced in the Atlanta Jewish community. In fact, we are currently partnering with InterfaithFamily to create a two-day program known as The Interchange that aims to convene our vibrant Jewish ecosystem in thoughtful discussion about how to innovate interfaith engagement. Other areas of focus for me are how to help people along their Jewish journey, and how we can strategically think about creating more Jewish places.
Q: As a newcomer to Atlanta yourself, how are you and your family discovering and navigating Jewish Atlanta?
Daniell: Atlanta is a busy city! My husband, nine-month-old son, and I are enjoying discovering everything Atlanta has to offer. PJ library has been a huge help for us to find friends and get a sense of the different neighborhoods around Atlanta., The MJCCA has also been a great resource for family and adult programming. We are also synagogue hoppers and have enjoyed checking out a few of the local synagogues in the area. Atlanta is a really interesting city because there are plenty of newcomers as well as families who have been living in Georgia for generations. A few people have already invited us for Shabbat dinner or holiday celebrations. Not having family here, it means a great deal to me to be invited into someone else’s home.
Q: What’s your favorite place in Atlanta?
Daniell: When I’m not working you can usually find me in the kitchen. I love cooking and see it as a form of artistic expression, therapy, and stress relief. I recently discovered Buford Highway and have been salivating over the incredible restaurants and grocery stores/farmers markets in Atlanta. What an incredible resource! I deeply appreciate no frills mom and pop style restaurants that are filled with bold flavors and heavy servings of love. Coming from the foodie city of Seattle, I did not know what to expect and I am so thrilled to have learned about the treasure trove of the Atlanta food scene.