Baristanet Profile: Shira Zamir

Name: Shira Zamir

Where do you live? Montclair

When did you move there? 2019

Where did you grow up? I grew up in the suburbs of Chicago. My parents moved there from Israel in the 70s.

How do you make a living? OR What is your everyday passion? I work in human resources for the Claims Conference, an organization that supports Holocaust survivors globally, through negotiations with the German government for reparations and funding/support for social welfare, research, education and documentation projects for survivors.

I’m also proud to serve as the vice president of the Bullock PTA!

I’m passionate about putting something good in the world and attempting to be a voice for the voiceless. I am helping to plan HIAS Refugee Shabbat at Bnai Keshet Synagogue this March, to raise awareness about the experiences of refugees and asylum seekers. 

Coffee, tea or … ? Vodka. It’s been a long pandemic.

What’s your idea of a perfect weekend day? Spending time with my son, spending time alone, working out, watching reality tv, maybe going for a hike, baking something and then eating too much of it.

What’s your favorite local restaurant? Arroy-D Thai in Verona, the Towne Scoop ice cream shop in Verona, specifically the Red Devil flavor.

What’s on your nightstand? 

Many children’s books from the library (recent favorites include the Judy Blume Fudge series); The Chai House series by my friend Priti Srivastava; I Love You But I’ve Chosen Darkness by Claire Vaye Watkins; several types of hand lotion because it’s a requirement when you pass age 30, apparently; a sun lamp to combat seasonal affective disorder (highly recommend).

What are you listening to? BBC 5 radio livestreams; podcasts like: The Reset Podcast by my friend Laura Mignott, Bitch Sesh: A Real Housewives Breakdown Show, and Maintenance Phase; various fitness instructors yelling inspirational phrases at me; Israeli music.

What are your current indulgences? Overpriced facial serums because again, they are required when you pass age 30.

What talent you would most like to have? Flight, to visit family and friends around the world.

What’s the worst-kept (or best-kept!) secret about Montclair? I don’t think anything here is really a secret because we have such a high concentration of journalists! I’m still getting to know people and discovering all of the great causes that people in town are passionate about.

What do you hope they say about you at your funeral? She knew how to apply a good smokey eye. 


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