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Jewish Owl of the Week

Jewish Owl of the Week

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Benjamin Perlow

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Full Name: Benjamin Hy Perlow
Hometown: Norcross, Ga
Class Year: 2020
Major: Finance

Can you tell us your favorite part about KSU thus far? All of the new people I have met at KSU has been my favorite part.
 
What do you find the most difficult aspect of being a college student?  Time management, it’s difficult to balance your school work with your social life.
 
How would you describe yourself to someone who does not know you? I am a very easy going person. I love all kinds of movies and listening and playing to music.
 
If you could have one super power, what would that be? Why?
My super power would be telekinesis because I am lazy, and I would never have to move to get stuff.
 
You are involved with Chabad on campus. What was your first impression of the organization? I think it is a great organization that helps bring young Jews together.
 
You recently went to NYC with Chabad to the 2017 Pegisha. Tell us about the highlights of the trip.  I thought the best part was being able to run around Crown Heights! We got to see one of the biggest Jewish hubs in the world!
 
What is one of your favorite Jewish traditions/holiday? My favorite holiday is Hanukkah.  
 
Why would you encourage Jewish students to get involved with Chabad? Because Chabad gives you the chance to meet and connect with Jewish people your own age!
 
Favorite Jewish Food?
Matzah  brei  

Devon Flack

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Full Name: Devon Flack
Hometown: Marietta, GA
Class Year: 2018
Major: Hospitality
 
Can you share with us, your most meaningful and enjoyable part of your college career so far?  Meeting amazing people and getting to take some really unique classes.
 
Who is currently your biggest role model? My parents are my biggest role models.
 
If you’re not in classes, what else are you doing? Tell us some of your favorite hobbies/activities? Singing, going to concerts and theater productions, reading, hanging with friends, working out at the gym or hiking.
 
What is one of your favorite Jewish traditions/holiday? Having a traditional Shabbat dinner with my family every Friday night.
 
Why would you encourage Jewish students to get involved with Chabad? They get to feel as though they have a second home while in college, meet some really cool people, and learn a lot about Judaism.
 
What advice would you give to a freshman starting at KSU? Be adventurous.
 
What is your favorite spot on campus? It’s a tie between The Green and the Social Science Starbucks lounge.
 
What are your plans for after you graduate? Find a job in event planning/coordinating or go to Graduate School.
 
Favorite Jewish Food?  Matzah Ball Soup.

Carrie Bohn

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Full Name: Carrie Rose Bohn
Hometown: Marietta, GA
Class Year: 2018
Major: Human Services
 
Can you tell us something interesting about yourself that people would be surprises to know about you? People would be surprised to know that I was born on Yom Kippur!
 
What is your favorite place that you have traveled to, and why? 
My favorite place I have visited is definitely Jerusalem. I loved being surrounded by all of the historic sites, and also the great nightlife.
 
If you could change anything about KSU, what would that be and why?  If I could change anything about KSU it would definitely be my class times. As a HS major we only have one class available per section, and they are often only once a week classes for 2 hours and 45 minutes.
 
How has Greek life changed your college life at KSU? I entered KSU as a transfer sophomore and I basically knew no one. Greek life gave me the opportunity to meet people that I might not have gotten the chance to get to know otherwise.
 
If you could start college all over again, what would you do differently? To be honest, I’d probably change my major.
 
What makes you come back to Chabad events and dinners every time? I love getting to be surrounded by all of my close friends, and spend time with Rabbi and his family!
 
Can you tell me about your job on the Chabad Board?
On the Chabad board I serve as the Israel Programming and Advocacy Committee Chair. With my position, I am able to create learning opportunities for students on campus about Israel and how amazing it is.
 
What do you want to do after college?
After college I would love to take some time off to travel and live my life to the fullest. After traveling, I would like to hopefully stay in Atlanta and work here.
 
What is one of your favorite Jewish tradition/holiday?
My favorite Jewish Holiday has to be Chanukah. I love the time of the year, and getting to celebrate with all of my family. 
 
Favorite Jewish Food
Kugel. Duh.

Leora Robbins

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Full Name: Leora Chaya Robbins
Hometown: Atlanta, GA
Class Year: Fall 2018
Major: Early Childhood Education
 
You have been a big part of the Chabad family for years, tell us what keeps you coming back?  At first, I went to Chabad to celebrate the holidays, and light the Shabbat candles, but it quickly became more than that. The Charytan’s became family. I love spending time with them, and watching the kids grow over the years.
 
Are you named after someone? If so, who?  Yes, I’m named after my maternal great grandmother Leona and my paternal great aunt Idlene, whose Hebrew name was Chaya Rivka.
 
As an Early Childhood Education major, tell us what you are most looking forward to within your future career? I am looking forward to making a positive impact on children’s lives. It’s so important when children are developing to have a good mentor, and I hope I can be that for them.
 
What is the most difficult aspect of college for you?  The most difficult part of college is not procrastinating on getting assignments done. I’ve done well in my classes, but there are nights I may not get much sleep because I’m working on homework due that day.
 
If could start college all over again, what would you do differently?  If I could start over, I wouldn’t do much differently. Though, I would like to have known more about certifications I could have added to my degree, like ESOL (English to Speakers of Other Languages), to help me be a more knowledgeable and proficient teacher.
 
What do you love most about the Jewish life on campus?   I love to see how much Chabad has grown. My freshman year, we could fit at the large table in the living room for Shabbat dinner. Now, we need multiple tables for an average size Shabbat dinner.
 
Why should other Jewish students get involved with Chabad?  Chabad is welcoming to all students. It doesn’t matter what one’s level of observance is, it just matters that you’re there, celebrating, being happy and a proud Jew.
 
Lastly, we want to highlight all you have done with Chabad. Can you reflect on your time spent at the Charytan’s home, helping to prepare for Shabbat?   Since this is my fourth year here, there are times I feel like I’ve lived at the house. Most Thursday nights I’ll be there to help prep for Shabbat dinner. Then Friday nights, I’ll be there early to help finish getting ready and of course light the Shabbat candles. There are plenty of other times I’m over there for one thing or another, but I’ve always enjoyed being there. I’ve learned many recipes and techniques for cooking. Though, my favorite food/technique I learned was the different challah braids. I recall one time even racing Nechami to see who could braid faster… it was a tie.
 
Favorite Jewish Food? My favorite Jewish food is probably homemade challah.

Roman Avchukov

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Full Name: Roman Avchukov
Hometown: East Cobb GA
Class Year: 2021
Major: Undecided

How would you describe yourself to someone who does not know you? To someone that doesn’t know me, I would describe myself as energetic, quirky, caring, and thoughtful. 

What are some things you enjoy? I enjoy being outside, eating good food, listening to music, spending meaningful times with close friends, and experiencing new things. 

Who is your role model? Why?  My grandpa is my role model. He has experienced a great deal of struggle in his life to create a better life for himself and future generations of our family. I look up to him a great deal because I admire his intelligence, courage, and the positive attitude he has every single day. 

What has been the most difficult aspect of college thus far in your semester? Keeping up with due dates for grades has been difficult, but I’ll get used to being more organized with time. 

What is your favorite childhood memory?  When I was a child, my family used to have an adopted dog named Frank. During the fall season, I would love to rake up enormous piles of leaves in my back yard and run through them laughing with Frank chasing me.  

Can you tell us your dream job?  I don’t have a specific dream job, but I would love to travel the world helping people in some way, and getting paid to do that would be amazing. 

Where is your favorite place that you have traveled to, and why? Israel is my favorite place I have traveled. As a Jew, I have a special connection to the land and its history. Being there makes you experience a sense of belonging and pure joy. 

Tell us your first impression of Chabad on Campus?   My first impression of Chabad was very inviting because of Rabbi Zalman Charytan, who is very approachable, caring, and concerned for all Jews attending Kennesaw State. 

What is one of your favorite Jewish traditions/holiday? One of my favorite Jewish holidays is Passover because the history behind the holiday holds a lot of meaning. 

Why would you encourage Jewish students to get involved with Chabad?  Being around people who you can relate to is very important to me. Everyone should come to Chabad in order to meet new people, and to be a part of the Jewish community. 

Favorite Jewish Food?  My favorite Jewish food is latkes with sour cream. 

Hannah Prass

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Full Name: Hannah Prass
Hometown: Houston, Texas
Class Year: 2021
Major: Early Childhood Education

 You are the first Jewish Owl to be interviewed this Jewish New Year! Tell us one of your goals for the upcoming year? Keeping my grades up is definitely high on the list.

Can you tell me your favorite part about your first semester at KSU thus far? Getting to know and meet all these new people here at KSU has been amazing.

If you could do it again, would you still come to Kennesaw? Why or Why not? I would do it again and again, because the atmosphere here is exactly what I was looking for in a college.

How would you describe yourself to someone who does not know you? I am a friendly person, easy to talk to, and I’m always there for my friends.

If you could travel anywhere in the world right now, where would that be? And why? I would go to Japan in a heartbeat. It has always been an interesting place to me because of how beautiful every part of their ancient and modern culture is.

What was your first Chabad event? Can you share your first impression of the organization? My first Chabad event was the Welcome BBQ. I got to meet a ton of new friends, and see some that I hadn’t seen in a while. It was a great way to connect with everyone.

What is one of your favorite Jewish traditions/holiday? My favorite tradition is one that my family does. When my mom was a little girl, her father would take her to go get french fries to break the fast after Yom Kippur, and we still continue that little tradition today. After that, we go to a family friend’s house to celebrate and have a real meal.

Why would you encourage other Jewish students to get involved with Chabad? It is a great community where you have the opportunity to be with other Jews here at KSU.

Favorite Jewish Food? Classic Matzo Ball Soup. Any day.

Roei Gilad

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Full Name: Roei Ouri Gilad
Hometown: Alpharetta
Class Year: 2021
Major: Marketing

Unlike most of our Jewish owls, you are not from America. Can you tell me where you are from? I am from Jerusalem, Israel.
 
Tell me more about your family and background? My sister and I were born in Israel. My younger sister was born in San Antonio, Texas. My mom was born in Israel. My father was born in Santiago, Chile.  
 
Where do you spend most of your time on campus? Either The Commons or my dorm room.
 
Can you tell us an interesting fact that people would be surprised to know about you? I’m a huge San Antonio Spurs fan, on the account that I lived in San Antonio, Texas.
 
If you could pick any place in the world to travel to, where would that be, and why? I would travel to Australia, because it’s a part of the world unlike any other in its geography, wildlife, and culture. I also have some very close cousins that live there.
 
How has Chabad at KSU changed your college experience? It has allowed me to continue the Jewish practices that I would do back home, as well as connect me to so many Jewish people that I had no idea existed on campus.
 
Can you tell me your favorite part of the Jewish community on campus? The Chabad Shabbat dinners are always a blast.
 
Why would you encourage other Jewish students to get involved with Chabad? Because it allows you to connect with other Jewish students, and allows you to build strong bonds with that connection.
 
Where is your favorite place that you have traveled to and why? Israel, because apart from it being my homeland, it’s the most beautiful place I’ve ever been, with the most amazing culture. Give me the opportunity, I could find full enjoyment in Israel by just staring at a scenic view for hours. 
 
What is your favorite Jewish food? This is by far the hardest question. It comes down between falafel, shawarma, and goulash.  

Lilli Jennison

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Full Name: Lilli Jennison 
Hometown: Dunwoody, GA
Class Year: Graduating in Spring 2019
Major: Public Relations, Marketing Minor
Other: Sinai Scholars Fellow
 
Are you named after someone? If so, who?
I am named after my great-grandma Lillian. An interesting fact is that I was supposed to be born in January, but was 6 weeks early and ended up being born on the same day she passed away a few years later.
 
Where do you spend most of your time on campus? 
I spend most my time either in the Library or the Social Science building.
 
Can you tell us an interesting fact that people would be surprised to know about you?
When I was about 8, I won a shopping spree at Zany Brainy. I got a PlayStation 2, Game Boy Color, dollhouse, and a bunch of other things for free. The store also donated a copy of what I got to charity. 
 
If you could pick any place in the world to travel to, where would that be?
I want to visit the UK, Canada, and I would love to go back to Israel.
 
You are a Sinai Scholar, can you tell us about your experience in the class? Are you happy you participated?
I am so happy that I participated. I met a great group of people and learned a lot. I would suggest it to everyone!
 
Can you tell me your favorite part of the Jewish community on campus? My favorite part is we have so many opportunities. We are very lucky that we have two strong Jewish clubs. There are many types of events. There is something for everyone. I am lucky to be the Chabad Programming Chair, and will be helping to plan future Chabad events.
 
Why would you encourage other Jewish students to get involved with Chabad?
I believe every Jewish Owl should get involved with Chabad because it is our own on campus family. There is something here for everyone!
 
Who is your Jewish Hero? And Why?
My Jewish Hero is my grandfather. My grandpa survived through the holocaust. He lost most of his family during Hitler's rule. My grandfather is truly my hero for not giving up in hard times being forced to work in camps, and managed to make it out alive. When he came to America, he met my grandma at a party, they built their life in Scranton, PA, had two children, and ran a successful tailoring business. Even though my grandfather passed away in 2008, I still look up to everything he accomplished and hope I have the strength he had during the tough times. 
 
What is one of your proudest moments as a Jew?
When I was in Jerusalem with Birthright, we danced and sang in a circle in front of the Western Wall and we chanted, “Am Yisrael Chai!” It was a beautiful moment.
 
What is your favorite Jewish food?
Matzo ball soup!
 

Kelsey Sternberg

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Full Name: Kelsey Hilah Sternberg
Hometown: Marietta, GA
Class Year: 2021
Major: Nursing
 
Can you tell us your favorite part about your first semester at KSU thus far?  I love the independence that I have. The food is awesome too!
 
What do you find the most difficult aspect of being a college student? Managing my time between doing homework and taking a nap.
 
 
How would you describe yourself to someone who does not know you? I’m crazy. I don’t think there is ever a time when I am not saying something weird.
 
Do you have a favorite school subject?
Yes, it is anatomy. I love learning about the human body and how everything connects.
 
Who is currently your biggest role model?
Honestly, I think my brother Zach is my biggest role model. He is such a happy person pretty much all the time, and he always makes the best of any situation.
 
If you could have one super power, what would that be? Why?
Not going to lie, I wish I was a mermaid. But, that might just be because I have been binge watching H2O lately.
 
You are involved with Chabad on campus. What was your first impression of the organization? Everyone was so nice and welcoming. I love it.
 
What is one of your favorite Jewish traditions/holiday? My favorite tradition is being able to celebrate the Jewish holidays (and getting an excused absence in school for that). 
 
Why would you encourage Jewish students to get involved with Chabad? It is a great way to meet a ton of nice people, and you get really awesome food every Friday night.
 
Favorite Jewish Food?
Chocolate covered Matza. 

 

Josh Nooromid

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Full Name: Josh Nooromid
Class Year: 2020
Major: Business Management
Other: Sinai Scholars Fellow
 
If you could tell yourself one piece of advice coming into college, what would that be? 
There are a lot of different clubs to join and different ways to spend your time. You have to make sure that you’re spending your time correctly with the best people in order to make the most of your experience. It really is what you make of it, so make the best out of your experience here.
 
Can you tell us an interesting fact that people would be surprised to know about you?  
In high school I worked at a florist shop.
 
If you could pick any place in the world to travel to, where would that be, and why?  
If I could travel anywhere in the world, I would love to go to India. Although I have heard stories about how small door frames and beds are (because I am tall) in the Asia-India area, the only things I know about India is what I have been told and have seen on TV. I would love the opportunity to see it for myself.
 
Can you tell me your favorite part of the Jewish community on campus? 
While starting out at Kennesaw last year I was a little intimidated by the tight knit community I was becoming a part of, but this is exactly what I think I like most about this community. 
 
Why would you encourage other Jewish students to get involved with Chabad? 
Rabbi and Nechami. It’s really that simple. I don’t think I’ve ever met more welcoming people. If you’re a KSU Jew and you haven’t met Rabbi and Nechami, something is wrong. 
 
Who is your favorite Jew? And Why?
Elie Wiesel. When I was in 8th grade, I had to read “Night”, and until this day, it has still resonated with me. He’s an inspiration to Jewish people all over the world.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I don’t want to jinx it, but I think I’ll be 30 with a great job!
 
What is one of your proudest moments as a Jew? 
The more and more stories that I hear about a small nation (Israel) successfully  throwing their weight around in a violent Middle East, my pride of being a Jew increases.
 
What is your favorite Jewish food?
Shawarma. 

Zach Lopater

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Full Name: Zachary Lopater
Hometown: Manhassat, NY
Class Year: 2019
Major: Criminal Justice
Sinai Scholar
 
How would you describe yourself to someone who does not know you?
I am a very laid-back individual when I have time to be, and a hard-working, goal-oriented student/employee. I know the importance of completing a goal when one is set out to be, but I also understand that leisure time is a must and must be enjoyed.
 
Tell us about the most memorable part of your summer.
The most memorable part of my summer was probably my birthday. The night before August 1st, a friend of mine who shared a birthday with me threw a party at her house for both of us, and she invited tons of people I hadn’t seen or spoken to in months/years. Getting to catch up with those guys and girls was a perfect way to end my summer.
 
Who is currently your biggest role model?
I’d have to say my dad is my biggest role model. He is someone who has taught me many valuable lessons that have shaped me into the person I am today, and has supported me and inspired me in tough situations that I have had to struggle to get out of through life.
 
What is your favorite thing about KSU thus far?
My favorite thing about KSU is definitely The Commons. I always know I am going to have the best food whenever I swipe in, and I always leave with a full belly, and a smile on my face.
 
Why would you encourage other Jewish students on campus to get involved with Chabad?
Chabad has introduced a whole new aspect of my social and religious life in ways I didn’t know I was missing out on. I get to see and hang out with close friends whatever time of day or day of the week it is, and it has strengthened my connection to Judaism in a very large capacity.
 
What do you find the most difficult aspect of being a college student?
The most difficult thing about being a college student is trying to find balance. I have a part-time job, classes, I’m an RA(Resident Assistant), and I have a social life. Trying to maintain a balance between all of that and everything in between is tough. I like to think I am in a good position to keep a steady balance between everything that I have going on, but I know others struggle to do so.
 
Where do you spend most of your time on campus?
As of recently, my apartment. I like how after work and classes, I can just kick off my shoes and relax without having to drive home 45 minutes.
 
What has been one of your proudest Jewish moments?
My Birthright trip to Israel. I felt a resurgence to my connection with Judaism that I thought I had lost throughout the years after my Bar Mitzvah. Since this trip, I have tried to be a better Jew in every way I can, and I can say that I am a better man now than I was before because of Birthright.
 
What is your favorite Jewish food?
Matzah Brei. Easy question. 
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