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Jewish Owls of the week presents:


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Q 1: What would you do differently if you could do it all over again?

Marissa  Levine: I don’t think I would do anything differently. Everything I’ve done so far has gotten me to this point and I’m very proud of where I am.

Carrie Bohn: Absolutely nothing #noregrets

Lillian Kaufman: The one thing I would do differently if I could do it all over again is join a learning community my freshman year. I feel this would have made getting adjusted to college and making friends easier.

JC (Josh Shapiro): If I could go back and do it all differently, I wouldn’t change that many things. The first thing would be that I would’ve gone to Shabbat dinners sooner than I did and I would have studied a lot more my freshman year to get better grades.

Q 2: How has Chabad changed your college career?

Marissa  Levine: I can’t imagine my college career without Chabad. All of my closest friends in collegeare the people I’ve met through Chabad. I am so thankful and all of the experiences I have been able to have because of Chabad.

Carrie Bohn: Chabad has given me some of my favorite memories in college, and also has provided me with some amazing opportunities!

Lillian Kaufman: Chabad has changed my college career in so many ways. It was the place where I met one of my best friends but also the place where I really connected Judaism. I truly fell in love with my religion like never before. This was all thanks to the many programs Chabad offers such as helping cook Shabbat dinners on Thursday nights, challah bakes, weekly Shabbat dinners, Sinai Scholars, annual Shabbaton, a trip to Jewish sites in Poland (Living Links), and birthright with Mayanot. Chabad became my go to place especially on Friday nights for a killer Shabbat dinner. It also became my home away from home and my second family. I always joke that Nechami and Rabbi are my Kennesaw parents. I could not image my college career without Chabad.

JC (Josh Shapiro): Chabad has done a lot of good for me in my college career. Because of it, I always have something to do on Fridays for starters. Also, I have made a lot of life long friends who have become my family. Lastly, Rabbi has been my rock in college; he is somebody that I can always go to that can help me with anything at anytime.

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Q 1: Tell us what you are most proud of that you’ve accomplished at KSU?

Marissa  Levine: My two years as President of Chabad was one of the most rewarding things I did during college. I was able to help establish the early stages of what Chabad at Kennesaw would eventually become. I’ve loved being a part of the growth of Chabad here and can’t wait to see how it evolves in the future.

Carrie Bohn: Graduating with honors!

Lillian Kaufman: I am most proud that I will be gradating KSU with honors.

JC (Josh Shapiro):  There have been many things that I have accomplished at KSU, but the thing that stands out is the fact that I helped start a Jewish fraternity. The fraternity has had a direct correlation to growth of the Jewish community! When I come back in later years and Shabbat dinner at the Rabbis averages out to be 100 people, I will know that I was one of the people who got us there.

Q 2: What made you go to your first Chabad event, and what was it?

Marissa  Levine: I was lucky to have my cousin, who some of you reading may know, Matthew Prater, already involved in Chabad who pushed me to come to my first Shabbat dinner.

Carrie Bohn: I had heard about Chabad from a friend, and I knew it would be a great way for me to meet other students and have a connection to Jewish life on campus. The first event I went to was the welcome BBQ in 2015 and it is where I found my Jewish place at KSU.

Lillian Kaufman: My first Chabad event was the Welcome BBQ my freshmen year. I was told about this BBQ from the first Chabad President, Josh Seiden, and he told me it was going to be a lot of fun. He also told me that Nechami and Rabbi were very welcoming and that I’d love them. Which is 100% true. I also knew I wanted to get involved in Jewish life and this was my chance.

JC (Josh Shapiro): The first Chabad event that I ever went to was a Shabbat dinner. In the early years of AEΠ, we needed to have a Jewish event. Our leadership met with the Rabbi and a week later we were at his house for dinner. I have been going ever since.