Jewish Owl of the Week

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! 

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