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Jewish Owl of the Week

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!
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