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Meet Diana: Jewston's Mensch of the month!


Carly: Who are you? Where are you from? What do you do for a living?

Diana: My name is Diana Polyak. I was born in Los Angeles and grew up in San Diego, California. I moved to Houston in March 2020 to join a new wellhead and frac service company’s Supply Chain team.

Carly: What was your 'Jewish experience' like in college?

Diana: My Jewish experience in college was, for the most part, non-existent. I visited Hillel at UC Berkeley a couple of times, but most people already knew each other from past Jewish camps. I was mainly involved with Delta Phi Epsilon, a co-ed professional fraternity focused on international relations and foreign service.



Carly: What do you enjoy most about Jewston events?

Diana: Jewston always draws in such a great group of people - I thoroughly enjoy the conversations and connecting with new people. It amazes me how the young Jewish community in Houston continues to grow and thrive.


Carly: How has your time in Houston been?

Diana: I arrived in Houston the exact day in 2020 that the city shut down for the pandemic. My first year in Houston was surreal, like for anyone else. Over the almost 3 years I have now been here, I have grown to feel at home in Houston. I love the historic heights area for its lush nature, unique homes, and walkability. Running and biking on the bayou trails have transformed my experience in the city by offering a new side of Houston, one with a scenic view of nature and cityscape.


Carly: What has been the biggest surprise about living in Houston?

Diana: I drove in on I-10 and I feel like I never got off the freeway! Its more of an adjustment, than a surprise, but the driving and spread of the city has been a change along with how flat Houston is!



Carly: Is there anything else you want the Jewston community to know?

Diana: I like to be active outdoors – running, walking, biking, and spending time with my dog. I also enjoy being social and meeting new people.



Email Carly (carly@houstonhillel.org) to nominate your friend to be our next Jewston Mensch of the month!

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