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Jewish Owl of the Week

Joey Tarab

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Full Name: Joseph Chaim Tarab

Hometown: Sandy Springs, GA

Class Year: 2018

Major: Psychology

Since starting at KSU last semester, what has been your favorite part of college so far? Wow, starting off tough! I would say that my favorite part of college so far is all the new, wonderful people I have met. Coming to Kennesaw, I knew almost nobody (excluding a few from high school), but now I’ve got some really awesome people in my life who I have shared some special moments with, and hopefully many more!

What are some of your favorite spots to hangout or study on campus? “Hangout” can be taken out of that question because I seriously only study. Nonetheless, I love going to Prillaman Hall or the quiet floor of the library when it comes to where I like to study. When it’s warm outside, there is this nice, semi-quiet spot in Kennesaw Hall where I go sometimes to read a book or just continue to study.

Tell us about your experience as a Chabad Board member. What inspired you to join? Getting involved with Chabad early and putting myself out there was one of the best decisions I have made since coming to Kennesaw, so to become even more involved as an active board member is something that I cherish dearly.  

When you aren’t in class, what are you doing? When I’m not in class, I’m probably studying (my friends can back that up). That being said, I’ve recently started going to the gym which is something I have made part of my routine. Almost 100% of the time you can find me in the Commons after a workout, eating my heart away. I also do a lot with the Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity where I am a brother, as well as stay active in the Chabad organization.

You have attended Shabbat almost every week since coming to KSU. What keeps you coming back? You would think that as a board member, it’s my obligation to attend Shabbat. However, I go back every week not because I’m obligated to, but because I want to. I enjoy the experience immensely every single time. From the food, to the songs, to the people I get to meet, Friday nights are a special experience I love being a part of.

What advice would you give to other Jewish students who want to get involved? My advice would be to just go to one event. Just one. At Chabad, people are friendly and are always down to make a new friend. If you go to one event, I guarantee you’ll make one new friend and probably even more. Life is about going out and doing things you aren’t normally comfortable doing. That’s the only way to meet new people and more importantly, grow as a person. That’s what happened for me, so I don’t see why it can’t happen for you.

What is one of your favorite Jewish traditions/holidays? I’m going to go with Shabbat. Although it is a holiday that occurs every week, it never loses its significance. As long as I’m around, you know I’ll be at Shabbat dinner. 

Favorite Jewish Food? Okay, this is easily the hardest question. I haven’t had it in a while, but my dad makes some killer Shakshuka, so I’d definitely have to say that. That’s not to say that Shawarma isn’t good either. Also, Pita Grille in Sandy Springs makes a pretty darn good Laffa.

Jamie Fleishman

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Hometown: Suwanee, GA

Class Year: 2020

Major: Media Entertainment

What do you consider to be your spirit animal and why? Dory from “Finding Nemo” is my spirit animal. “Just keep swimming” is basically how I’ve started living my life. The places you go and the people you meet are part of your life for a reason. The more you keep swimming, the more people you will meet and the more places you will go!

What is your favorite part of KSU? Getting to experience being on a college campus! I lived at home my first two years of college, and a part of me felt like I was missing out on the real college experience. I am so thankful that KSU has been able to give me that!

You have been involved with Chabad since you started here at KSU. Tell us how this organization has impacted your college career? When I moved to Kennesaw, I didn’t have a single friend. It was something I was really nervous about. I moved to a new place and started a new school without knowing anyone. On the very first day of classes, Chabad was hosting a welcome back sushi lunch on campus. As soon as I walked into that room I felt so welcomed, and I felt like I had found my place. Now I am at Chabad multiple times a week and I have met so many friends through this amazing organization!

You are a big traveler; tell us about some of the destinations that you have visited. I have visited Israel, Greece, and many islands in the Caribbean. I also had layovers in France and Italy…can we count those?!

What is one of your favorite Jewish traditions/holiday? I would say Shabbat on Friday night is my favorite Jewish tradition! All week I look forward to spending time with my friends at Chabad. Shabbat to me is about friends, good food, and looking forward to a day of rest!

If you could visit anywhere in the world right now, where would that be and why? Right now, I would choose Japan! All of my friends know that sushi is my favorite food, and it is on my bucket list to eat authentic sushi made in Japan.

Tell us about your experience on Thursday nights at Kosher Cooking Club. What motivates you to come each week? I started helping Nechami cook for Shabbat back in August. I have always loved cooking and I actually find it very soothing. Cooking is an art for me and it’s always exciting to see what can be created next. I love spending time with Nechami and helping her plan meals, and just getting to hang out with her in the kitchen. I am finally mastering the art of challah braiding!

Favorite Jewish Food? Definitely homemade potato latkes!  

Trevor Rubenstein

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Hometown: Alpharetta, GA

Class Year: 2022

Major: Sports Management

Can you tell us an interesting fact about you that people would be surprised to know? I am a very outgoing person who likes to be loud and active.

What do you find the most difficult aspect of being a college student compared to a high-school student? What I find most difficult is the difference in class sizes. At KSU, I have some classes with over 50 people. 

What do you like most about KSU? I obviously love the commons, because I love food. I also like that it isn’t a huge school, but also not a tiny school. For example, it doesn’t take long for me to walk from my dorm to my class or one class to another. Also, the professors and people I have met have been amazing.

If you’re not in classes, what are you doing? Tell us some of your favorite hobbies/activities. I am usually in my room doing work or playing PS4. I also go play basketball, go eat at the commons or the student center with my friends.

If you could pick any place in the world to travel to, where would that be and why?  If I had to pick any place to travel to it would be South Africa, because my dad is from there. He lived there for 11 years, and it would be cool to see where he grew up.

You are a brother of AEPi, so what has been your favorite aspect of being in a Jewish fraternity? My favorite aspect is that I have people that support me. I can trust them and they can trust me. Another thing I love is that I’m with people that I have something in common with: being Jewish. I also can now say I have “brothers”, because I only have an older sister as a sibling.

You are involved with Chabad on campus. What was your first impression of the organization? To be honest, I was worried. I never went to Chabad in Atlanta. When I walked in and met Rabbi, I was pleasantly surprised. The environment was nothing like I expected! It was so chill. I also wasn’t expecting a big Jewish population at KSU, but I was wrong. Seeing so many Jews in one house made me more comfortable. In fact, I usually go every Friday night to Shabbat dinner. Also, this semester I am doing a program called Sinai Scholars, which has been so much fun. 

If you could change or upgrade anything about KSU, what would it be and why? If I had to change or upgrade one thing at Kennesaw, it would be more restaurants on campus. I know there are a lot of restaurants around campus, but it would be easier if they were on campus so students don’t have to waste gas.

Why would you encourage other Jewish students to get involved with Chabad? If you're Jewish and don’t come to Chabad events, you shouldn’t be shy and just come to them! They are so much fun and you meet so many great people. Rabbi is one of the nicest, coolest guys I have ever met. It is a great time to be with people that are like you. I love going to Chabad events.

What is your favorite Jewish food? My favorite Jewish food would probably be Matzah ball soup or Kugel. Most people would say falafel, but I can’t stand falafel. 

Avital Shimon

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Hometown: Marietta

Class Year: 2022

Major: Public Relations with a minor in Apparel and Textiles

Chabad Board Position: Communications & Logistics Chair

Can you tell us your favorite part of college thus far?

Meeting a bunch of new people and learning about myself. I have enjoyed exploring different options for my future while still being able to follow my passions, for example color guard.

What do you find the most difficult aspect of being a college student versus a high school student?

There is more responsibility and independence when it comes to college, so I have to make sure that I continue to stay on task with my schoolwork.

You are very passionate about fashion; tell us who your fashion icon is?

I have two fashion icons who I look up to everyday: Kate Spade and Betsey Johnson. They are both unique fashion designers who are not scared to create something out of their comfort zone. They both add so much creativity and inspiration to the fashion world.

You are a very active member of Chabad on campus and on the board; can you tell us what inspired you to get involved with Chabad?

I have always loved being able to be a part of an organization where I can share my ideas and help the organization grow. Being a freshman at Kennesaw, I didn’t know many people. Through Chabad, I was able to meet a bunch of people who are now like family to me. I consider Chabad my home away from home. The environment is so warm and inviting that you can’t help but smile. 

How would you describe the atmosphere at a Chabad event?

The environment is warm, lively, inviting, and exciting. 

Why would you encourage Jewish students on campus to come out to Chabad events?

I encourage students to come to Chabad events because they will never leave hungry and they will leave the event having met a new group of people that they can call family. 

What is your favorite Jewish holiday or tradition?

Rosh Hashanah, because I get to be with my family and start a new year. One of my favorite traditions during this holiday is going with my family and our rabbi to a local nursing home where we sing songs together. The rabbi blows the shofar and says a prayer for the people who were unable to attend the services.

Tell us about your marching band experience at KSU.

I have loved being a part of the KSU Marching Owls. Color guard was an activity I did throughout high school, so I was very happy that KSU had a color guard as well. It made the moving-in process easier because it's something I am very familiar with. I attended all the home games to cheer on and support the football team, and performed half-time shows. One of my favorite days was the SunTrust Park game, because the team went into five overtimes and the crowd was going wild. It was amazing to see so much school spirit. Performing is something I love to do because it allows me to express myself and be someone others can look up to. 

What is your favorite Jewish Food?

Brisket with tahini and couscous! 

Sasha Avchukov

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Hometown: Marietta, GA
Class Year: 2019
Major: Journalism and Emerging Media
Chabad President
Sinai Scholar

You are the current President; what made you want to take on this role? After being on the board the past few semesters, I saw firsthand the positive impact Chabad has on Jewish students here and I want to contribute!

What do you want to see happen during your Presidency for Chabad? The main goal is to make sure every Jewish student has a place where they always feel welcome and like they are part of a family. I hope to see more and more Jewish students getting involved and having happy, memorable experiences.

What are some of the programs you are implementing at Chabad? And why are you doing this? We introduced Café Chabad this semester, a weekly open house where we serve lunch and welcome students to hang out, study, and take a break from their busy days. I want Jewish students to have a community right on campus and Café Chabad has been successful in that! Also, we are having our second Shabbat 100 on April 20th this year and we hope to have a great turnout. Some other programs we’ve had this semester: JewQ Trivia Night, Ladies Nights, and a leadership workshop!

What it is like to work alongside Rabbi and Nechami? Rabbi and Nechami are extremely dedicated to creating a warm environment for Jewish students here and I admire and appreciate them so much! It’s an honor to work with them.

How would you describe Chabad to someone who has never participated in any events? Chabad is fun, friendly, and a great place to meet other Jewish students. I know the people I’ve met at Chabad are going to be lifelong friends.

Where do you prefer to study and how do you balance classes? I mostly study at Starbucks or the library. Time management can be challenging, but since I like what I’m studying, it makes class enjoyable.

Aside from your busy schedule, what do you do for fun? I enjoy hanging out with friends, drinking coffee, and going out dancing. (also playing Fortnite J)

After attending the NYC Shabbaton twice, highlight some of your favorite moments. Both the 2016 and 2017 Shabbatons were eye-opening experiences. I learned a lot about Judaism, and the positive energy I felt was amazing. A highlight was simply being in Crown Heights surrounded by so many friendly people.

What are your future goals? Where do see yourself after Kennesaw? I hope to pursue a career in broadcast journalism and hopefully work for a major news network. It all depends where life takes me!

Favorite Jewish Food? Latkes!

Dr. Carol Holtz

Honorary Jewish Owl of the Week: 

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Dr. Carol Holtz
Chabad Faculty Advisor

Why don’t you start by telling us your background education? How long have you been teaching, and what made you want to go into this career path? Well, I’m from Cincinnati, Ohio. I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. I ended up following my husband to Atlanta who was doing a Residency at Emory. We had a child born in Cincinnati, and then another in Atlanta. Eventually, my husband was drafted into the Navy and I moved to Texas with my husband and children where I taught nursing. However, we ended up back in Atlanta, where I had our third child. I went back to school at Georgia State to get my Masters in nursing, and then I taught at KSU for a while. However, I ended up back at Georgia State to get my PHD. I’ve now been teaching for 36 years, and will retire in July. I’ve taught in mostly the undergraduate, but I have worked in other areas as well. Additionally, I’ve taken students to different hospitals and clinics to get experience for their clinicals. My favorite place to take the students is Grady.

What accomplishment over the course of your career are you most proud of? A lot of different things. Right now, I’m the chair of Public Health for Cobb and Douglas Counties. It’s a big responsibility. I’m also the Associate Journal Editor of the International Journal of Transcultural Nursing. Additionally, I have a contract to write a 4th edition to my textbook. Another thing I am proud of, is the study abroad program I have been doing for 23 years. I take nursing students for 2 weeks to Oaxaca, Mexico. These trips helped me to master Spanish. I am almost fluent.

What are some of the things that you have seen change at KSU? The student body and campus has grown. As of now, we have undergraduate and graduate programs. I’m also happy to say that we now have a huge Jewish presence.

Tell us about your family and background.  We joined the Etz Chaim Congregation in 1980. In fact, my granddaughter is about to have her Bat Mitzvah there. To discuss my family, I have three children who are all married, and 13 grandchildren. I do family dinner every few weeks to get everybody together. Also, about me, I love to travel, with KSU or with my husband. I am actually going to Cuba with KSU very soon.

Tell us something that a lot of people would be shocked to know about you? A fun fact about myself, is the fact that I took a few courses at KSU, and didn’t tell anyone I was a professor. One of the courses was Medical Spanish.

So many Jewish students admire you and respect you for keeping the Jewish spark alive, even before Chabad existed on this campus. As the Chabad faculty advisor, tell us why you are so passionate about this organization? I worked with The Dean of the Business School who was Jewish, and we invited Jewish students to meet with us. I think any Jewish presence on this campus is important, and I will support it in every way that I can.

You have been incredibly supportive of the work of Chabad on Campus and Rabbi Zalman & Nechami, can you share with us how that came about to be and what prompted you to make it your mission to see Chabad succeed here at Kennesaw State? I had a friend who got me in touch with Rabbi and Nechami. In fact, Rabbi randomly came and knocked on my door in West Cobb, and I was thrilled to see him and discuss KSU’s Jewish life. I remember he only had three children then, when I went to his home for a Sukkot dinner. I think Rabbi and his family are so delightful. He has the greatest wife and the most well-behaved kids.

You have been to many Chabad dinners and events; how would you describe the feel of this organization? It’s like being with a family. I don’t feel like an outsider, I feel at home and very connected here. At Chabad, I don’t have to worry about what I say, or what I eat. I also like bringing my husband to Chabad, as he is emotionally connected to Judaism. Rabbi and his wife are just a special family. They show by example, and reach out to students which is truly wonderful.

What are your hopes for the Jewish students here on campus? I hope they spread the word, and I hope more Jewish people get involved. I think having a sukkot, or a table on campus makes Jewish students want to be connected. The connection is there, and part of our job is to educate the faculty and students about Judaism. Let’s be the example.

Where do you see Chabad in five years from now? I want to see the Chabad house on campus, and even more students belonging to this organization. I want the students to be proud of their identity. I want this generation of students to continue in Judaism, and have a background in Jewish knowledge. I want students to feel how I felt as a little girl, where I was surrounded by Judaism.

Can you share a message for the parents of students involved with Chabad? I think they should be proud of their children for connecting and getting involved in Chabad. Parents should get their Jewish students connected with this organization. It’s where they meet their best friends and possible spouses.

What are your thoughts about the recent property purchase and future Chabad building? I think it’s very exciting. It’s the progress that KSU is aiming for. The culture of Judaism will be on campus, and that is what we need. Jewish people will now continue to expand in Cobb county. The Jewish growth reflects on this campus. I feel that the new generation has changed the Jewish presence.

Why do you feel it is important that the general Jewish community and parents get behind this project with solid financial support? Well, it’s going to take a lot more people to make this actually happen. Unfortunately, the students can’t support it. This Jewish home needs to be on campus. It’s time.

Any message for your fellow Jewish faculty members? I think they need to make their identity known and not be avoiding. They should make the connection on campus. For example, I want my students to know I’m Jewish so they can reach out to me if they want.

What is your advice for aspiring teachers? I think they are going to need to connect to Chabad and other organizations and become leaders. They will have to give time out of their personal life to become part of the community.

After years of teaching, what do you think are the traits of a successful college student? Well they have to be physically and mentally stable and enthusiastic about their studies. It’s a competitive world, and they must study. They also must take care of themselves.  

Your final contribution to KSU, is being on the search committee for the new President of KSU? Can you tell us about that? What are you looking for? Someone who is open minded and academically sound. We want someone who embraces a variety of cultures, races, and religions. Our future President needs to be open about expanding, not just in numbers but in quality. This president will need to extend themselves and push what we need.

Leaving such a career is probably going to be a big adjustment, what are your plans after your retirement? I’ll start with, that it is entirely my choice to retire. In fact, they are asking me to stay. But it’s time, because of my age. I want to stop now, while I’m well, so I can enjoy my life. There are other things I want to do, and I’m not going to live forever. As of now, I do not have much flexibility because I teach all year round. I am looking forward to visiting family who are scattered around the country, instead of just a phone call. I also have 3 academic things I’m going to take with me, as I mentioned previously, so I’ll still be busy. It’s crazy to think that when I started at KSU, I had babysitters for my kids in the evening, but now I have fully grown, married children.

What are your final statements about Chabad and the importance Jewish life on this campus? It’s essential, and I think that the student body that is Jewish need to connect. Jewish faculty and students need to support each other.

Lastly, what is your favorite Jewish food? What I’m eating right now, pastrami with brown mustard on rye bread! Matzo ball soup is another favorite.

Doron Zarur

 

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Full Name: Doron Jacob Zarur 
Hometown: Kfar Saba, Israel
Class Year: 1st year (Technically 4th year)
Major: Architecture

Unlike most of our Jewish owls, you are Israeli! Can you tell us about your life back home in Israel? Studying Architecture major doesn’t leave you with a lot of free time. But when I had free time, I was hanging out with family and friends, swimming, and working. But mostly I loved to surf in the Mediterranean sea.

What made you move to America and study at KSU? I love travelling and this is one of my stops as I attempt to travel the world.  While I am here I am finishing my degree in architecture.

What is one of your favorite aspects of living here so far? The independence I have and being able to live by myself.

Tell us what you miss the most about Israel?   I miss my family and being at the beach.

How has Chabad at KSU changed your college experience?  Rabbi Zalman and Nechami welcomed me and made me feel right at home. KSU is a big place and it can be a bit overwhelming, through Chabad I met a group of interesting people, and I  reconnected with my Jewish roots.

Where is your favorite place that you have traveled to and why?  India! I travelled there between semesters during my second year at college in Israel.  I was there for two months. When I arrived in New Delhi, my phone died and I had two choices:  1) Buy a new phone. 2) Continue without a phone, that means no pictures, no music, no clock, no connection with friends in the trip or with family.  I took the 2nd choice and it was the best 2 months of my life!

Do you plan to stay here after you graduate?  Yes, but I will want my kids to join the IDF in Israel.

What keeps you coming back to Shabbat dinner at Chabad every week?  The good vibes from the people, the deep questions from the Rabbi, and the great food. 

Micah Greifinger

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Full Name: Micah Alexander Greifinger
Hometown: Marietta, GA
Class Year: 2021
Major: Nursing

Can you tell me your favorite part about KSU thus far?  I love the people, the diversity, and the rigors that KSU has to offer.
 
You are a brother of Alpha Epsilon Pi; tell us what your fraternity means to you.  To me it means I always have a great group of faithful and supportive brothers at my side.
 
How would you describe yourself to someone who does not know you?  I am easy going, studious, and funny.
 
If you could travel anywhere in the world right now, where would that be? And why?   Hawaii, I have never been to Hawaii and I want to experience the beaches.
 
What was your first Chabad event? Can you share your first impression of the organization?  The welcome back BBQ. It was amazing to see such a wonderful Jewish group of people in the same place.
 
If you could change or upgrade anything about Kennesaw State University, what would that be? Why?  The cellular service, I can never get any service on campus.
 
What is one of your favorite Jewish traditions/holiday?  My favorite holiday is Hanukah, I love seeing all my family together enjoying a festive meal.
 
Why would you encourage other Jewish students to get involved with Chabad?  You have the opportunity to meet so many wonderful people through Chabad. The real question is, why not?
 
Who is your Jewish Hero? Why?  My grandmother, she is an inspiring and amazing woman.
 
Favorite Jewish Food? Matzo Brei 

Liana Lipinsky

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Full Name: Liana Lipinsky
Hometown: Karaganda, Kazakhstan
Class Year:  Junior, May 2019
Major: Culinary, Sustainability, and Hospitality

How would you describe yourself to someone who does not know you?
I am caring, outgoing, friendly, and always searching for new adventures.
 
If you could start college all over again, what would you do differently?
I would get more involved on campus. I would join Greek life and non-profit organizations.
 
What is your favorite childhood memory?
Riding bikes throughout the neighborhood with my friends.
 
Can you tell us your dream job?
To own an international bistro in California.
 
How has Kennesaw State University changed your life?
Kennesaw State has really opened my eyes to the diversity we have on campus, and how I am okay to view myself as a Jew because there is good size Jewish community on campus.
 
Where is your favorite place that you have traveled to, and why?
Costa Rica. I loved the experiences and memories I made there. We went zip lining, horseback riding, and ate a lot of good food.
 
What has been your favorite event with Chabad over the last few semesters and why?
I enjoyed the Torah and Tea with the ladies. It was nice to just be around other Jewish females, and the conversation we had over Torah. I felt more comfortable sharing my opinion with the other ladies.
 
What is one of your favorite Jewish traditions/holiday?
Rosh Hashanah because it’s the Jewish New Year. I love having apples and honey to start off the New Year. Being around family and sharing memories and stories from the past year, and sharing what we want to see for ourselves in the New Year.
 
Why would you encourage Jewish students to get involved with Chabad?
I would encourage students to get involved with Chabad because they always have fun and interactive events. Shabbat dinners which are always so yummy, and overall the positive vibes you get being around other Jews is like no other. You feel at home when you’re at Chabad.
 
What does Chabad mean to you?
Chabad for me is like a piece of home. Every time I go, I always have fun catching up with my friends and practicing my Jewish traditions. The Rabbi and Nechami are super friendly and make everyone feel at home.
 
Favorite Jewish Food?
Latkes.

 

Zach Sternberg

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Full Name:
Zachary Doron Sternberg
Hometown: Marietta
Class Year: 2019
Major: Mechanical Engineering (Minor in Nuclear Engineering)
 
You are the first Jewish Owl of the semester! Tell us some of your goals for this Spring term.  I intend on getting good grades and learning as much as I can. I also want to try starting a little indoor garden because I’ve been interested ever since reading/watching The Martian, and I feel like I need some more oxygen in my house.
 
What is something interesting about yourself that people would be surprised to know about you? My biggest dream is to walk on a different planet or moon. I’m not sure how surprising that is though because I kind of talk about it a lot. Here’s an interesting one; I think about the movie Inside Out pretty often. I think it’s a genius concept and love thinking about my memories and emotions and how my perception of them as well as how they manifest themselves via my personality changes with time. I can go on for days but suffice it to say 10/10 would recommend!
 
If you could change anything about KSU, what would that be and why? Easiest question ever: Combine the campuses.
 
You are a brother of AEPI, so what has been your favorite aspect of being in this fraternity? Brotherhood. It’s an aspect that I downplayed for the two and a half years I spent in college before joining. Now that I have been a member for a year, I truly appreciate the value of the relationships I have built with my brothers.
 
What makes you come back to Chabad events and dinners every time? The people. I first started going because I felt like I hadn’t made enough new friends in college. Now I have great relationships with everyone who attends. I also especially love Rabbi Zalman. I feel like his joyous energy matches mine and because of that, he really speaks to me.
 
What do you want to do after college?  Well a job would be nice! My plan right now is to work for a few years, and then pursue a graduate degree.  
 
What is one of your proudest moments as a Jew?  Definitely the six months I spent in Israel after high school. I’ll always cherish those days and the people I spent them with all while living and traveling throughout the land of my ancestors.
 
What is one of your favorite Jewish tradition/holiday? Saying the Shemah before bed. I used to do this with my mom every night and will definitely do the same with my kids.
 
Favorite Jewish Food? I’m going to have to go with my sister Kelsey on this one. Chocolate covered matzah all the way!

Erick Mulicandov

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Hometown: Queens, New York
Class Year: 2019
Major: Business Finance
Chabad President  
Sinai Scholars Fellow

Who is currently your biggest role model? My dad. He shows me how nothing is impossible when you put your mind to it.
 
If you could tell yourself one important piece of advice coming into college, what would that be? Put in the work to get good grades, and take as many classes as you can in the beginning, don't wait for the end. Get involved in an internship or job surrounding your field of interest to gain experience.
 
You are a very active member of Chabad on campus, and you are the current President; can you tell us what inspired you to get this involved with Chabad? My first impressions of Chabad were truly a gift of warmth and family where everyone cares about each other and encourages personal growth. I wanted to spread the gift to everyone around me and help Chabad help every Jewish student grow!
 
How would you describe the atmosphere of a Shabbat dinner at Chabad? Totally filled with amazing energy radiating from everyone around the Shabbat dinner table as well as amazing food. There is never a time where I am not either meeting someone or catching up with a good friend.
 
Highlight some of your favorite moments of the NYC Shabbaton’s you have been on. Shabbaton is Chabad on steroids. It is a completely thrilling experience filled with warmth and hospitality by EVERYONE. During the Havdalah Ceremony (Concluding the Shabbat), everyone gathers together, and there is just a huge flame of energy filled in this room with 1300 students from all around the world. I can’t even begin to talk about how many close friends I have met on the Shabbatons.
 
Give us two reasons why every Jewish student should participate in Sinai Scholars, like you did. Sinai Scholars takes your Jewish knowledge and understanding to another level. We dug deeper into our Judaism and explored the fundamentals behind our practice through open discussion and very entertaining classes that truly helped me understand more about the “why” behind Judaism.
 
Why would you encourage Jewish students on campus to participate in Chabad events? Chabad events are the best social opportunities for new students arriving to campus, and a great way to just spend time and hangout with good friends. The Rabbi and Nechami are unbelievably warm and caring for each and every student on campus. Don’t let me get started on the food that is served at every event!!
 
What is your favorite Jewish holiday or tradition?
Simchat Torah! No better time to celebrate the the Torah and Jewish pride!
 
What would you say is the key to success?
The key to success is simple: Hard work, persistence and dedication will get you to any destination. You have to want be successful as much as you want to breathe, and work to make that happen. Never give up and work hard! 
 
What is a transformative experience that you have had at Chabad?  
I started keeping Shabbat which has its difficulties but I truly love it and hope to keep it close throughout my life.
 
What are some of your plans for after you graduate?
My plans are to get involved with Real Estate Development. I hope to make contributions to this world that will make a big difference.
 
Tell us how has your leadership role at Chabad helped you become a better person? Being the president of the Chabad, and being by the side of the Rabbi and Nechami, have truly shaped my leadership skills. By working on different events and programs, I have learned how to be more efficient and organized when conducting meetings and delegating. This is something that I know I will be able to take with me throughout my life.
 
Favorite Jewish Food?
Chanukah is around the corner. I love me some Sufganiyot! (Those super soft jelly filled donuts)

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.
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