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Jewish Owl of the Week

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!
 
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