Shmuli Pinson: Los Angeles

What’s your historical connection to Los Angeles and New York?
I was born and raised in Brooklyn. I lived there for 20 years. After high school, I started Rabbinical school in Israel and traveled from New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts and back to Brooklyn to finish school. The schooling gets pretty boring, so I took the opportunity to travel around. The best part was studying in Israel for 2 years. We traveled to holy sites, had great parties but the schedule was very challenging. You go from 7am – 9:30pm with a hour lunch break. You really only break to eat. It was intense.

Describe your experience in LA.
The weather is awesome. The people are very relaxed. Driving is a breeze because you have the right lane to yourself. It’s amazing. People here are so nice. In New York, if you’re not aggressive you could wait hours just to merge into your exit lane. In LA, the first person to see your blinker lets you over!

What was the biggest challenge of moving from NYC to LA?
I moved here 4 years ago for a developer job at Swagbucks. My wife did not want to move. All her friends and family are back in New York. Now, she never wants to move back!

How can NYC and LA best engage with each other?
We can learn a lot from each other. LA should realize that New Yorkers are faster pace and respect that. There are talents to be had in both places. New Yorkers could lighten up a little bit too.

Favorite LA secret spot:
Fish Grill on Beverly Blvd

Favorite NYC secret spot:
The gravesite of the Lubavitcher Rebbe

If you were not starting RallyBound, what would you be doing?
I’d be trading stocks on Wall Street with my brother.

From the 2462 Miles newsletter: connecting NEW YORK CITY + LOS ANGELES

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