Meet Alexandra Kirsch-Thompson – From Detroit To New York
Blogging for the Detroit Jewish News feels like a homecoming of sorts. I grew up in Metro Detroit and spent my childhood flipping through the pages of the print edition after my Bubbie Cyrille had thumbed through it (obituaries first), hoping to spot simchah announcements from family or friends.
When I moved to New York, I defied the trajectory of most Jewish young adults from the Detroit area. I didn’t move to Manhattan, where I had lived previously as an intern. I moved to Queens. Astoria, Queens. New York’s “Greek Town” and a neighborhood where finding other people like me culturally proved a challenge.
My time in Queens was special, and I was able to carve out cultural connections that kept me close to my Jewish roots. I worked my way up to vice president at my then-agency, and watched them open a Detroit office that has since thrived, making it easier for me to justify flying home for the holidays.
Fast forward to present day, and somehow I’ve spent the better part of a decade in New York, where I now work for a consumer packaged goods (CPG) company leading social media and influencer marketing. My husband and I have planted our roots in New York — we purchased a home in Westchester in 2016 — but a piece of my heart, and now his, will always be in Detroit.
Our journey together as a married, young adult Jewish couple revolves around living our lives in a way that connects us to Judaism culturally. We haven’t yet joined a synagogue, and worse yet, we still haven’t found a seven-layer cake that can compete with Star Bakery. In my blog for the Detroit Jewish News, I hope to share with readers the humor, hiccups and everything in between about living a Jewish life in New York, inspired by my upbringing in Detroit.