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Jewish Owl of the Week

Jewish Owl of the Week

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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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