Jewish Owl of the Week

Avery Green

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Full Name: Avery Green

Hometown: Cumming, Georgia

Class Year: 2022

Major: Marketing

Can you tell me your favorite part about KSU thus far? My favorite part of college has been being in AEPi, and meeting and growing close with all of the brothers.

What do you find the most difficult aspect of being a college student? The hardest part of college has been using my time in the most effective way.

You are a brother of Alpha Epsilon Pi; tell us what your fraternity means to you.  I think being in Alpha Epsilon Pi has broadened my view on being Jewish, from growing up without it, to now having a group of other Jews who are similar to me. It really helped me adapt to college and become a better man.

If you’re not in class, what else are you doing? Tell us some of your favorite hobbies or activities. I love to grill and smoke barbecue. Also, I enjoy watching Netflix.

What was your first Chabad event? What was your first impression of the organization? My first Chabad event was the Welcome Back sushi event, and I was extremely impressed by how many different Jews were there. I was immediately brought in and treated like family.

If you could change or upgrade anything about Kennesaw State University, what would that be and why? I would add more options for classes, so there will not be any challenges with getting the classes you need.

What is one of your favorite Jewish traditions or holidays?  My favorite Jewish holiday is Hanukkah, because I enjoy getting together with friends and family and making and eating latkes.

Why would you encourage other Jewish students to get involved with Chabad? Chabad is super helpful to meet a lot of your closest friends.

Who is your Jewish hero and why?  I think my father is my Jewish hero, because he showed me how to grow up the right way.

Favorite Jewish Food? Bagels with lox! 

Tal Hershkovitz

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Full Name: Tal Hershkovitz 

Hometown: Lilburn, GA

Class Year: 2022

Major: Nursing

Where are you from and how did you end up in Kennesaw? 

I honestly don't even know where to say that I'm from, ha-ha. I was born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, but when I was about four I moved to Israel. I moved back to Florida, and then to Georgia when I was thirteen. When someone asks me, I usually say that I'm from Florida because that's where I grew up, but I'm Israeli as well.

What is a fun fact about you?

I actually graduated high school early. Not many people know, but I started college at 16 so I'm still a baby. It's funny because when I meet people and they realize I'm younger, they all react differently. Some laugh, some are really surprised!

If you could start college all over again, what would you do differently?

I would definitely go to Chabad the first chance that I could. I waited to go for some reason, and I thought I didn't really want to. But now that I'm way more involved, I can see what I've been missing out on. If I could, I would go back in time to attend every event.

What is your favorite childhood memory?

It would have to be going out after Shabbat dinner to the playground with my step-sister in Israel, and playing until the street lights went on. We would plan what time to go to the playground, and tell our friends so we would meet up and hang out all night. Looking back, I totally miss those days, and thinking of that memory makes my heart genuinely happy. 

How has going to college affected your life?  

I have definitely opened up more. In high school I just stuck to my group of friends and got really nervous when I had to socialize with others- it was really out of my comfort zone. Now, I'm the friend who is more likely to talk to strangers. I've become really good at putting myself out there and going to places or events where I don't necessarily know anyone. I can wholeheartedly say that I've become more outgoing and extroverted.

You regularly attend Thursday night Kosher Cooking Club with Nechami. How is that experience?

I started attending a couple months back, and it's one of my favorite things to do in Chabad. Basically, a bunch of girls come to help Nechami cook for Shabbat dinner. We go over the menu, which is my favorite part. My friend Jamie and I chop and braid challah together. It’s funny - challah braiding has become a fun competition between us. The experience is honestly therapeutic, because we talk about our week together. Catching up with friends is one of the highlights of cooking club.

What has been your favorite event with Chabad recently and why?

I really liked Family Shabbat. It gave me such a home feeling and made me feel like I was with my family enjoying Shabbat. I usually don't see my family every week because I work, so when my mom agreed to come, I was so happy. I feel like Family Shabbat made other students who can't see their family often feel the same.

What is one of your favorite Jewish traditions or holidays?

I have to go with Shabbat. Everything about it just lights up my mood. When I lived at home, I always helped my mom cook and set the table, which would be my favorite. The moment of having everyone together at one table with no phones or distractions is my favorite tradition. Shabbat is something I look forward to all week! 

Why would you encourage Jewish students to get involved with Chabad?

They don't know that they're missing! I used to think that being friends with other Jewish students wasn't vital for my college experience, but that is completely not true. Going to Chabad gives you a home away from home! Truthfully, there have been many times where Rabbi or Nechami gave me advice on things I've been struggling with. Also, being around the religion and culture genuinely makes college better. You can seem to lose yourself when you're on your own, and keeping one thing constant, like practicing religion, gives me some sort of clarity. Chabad is a group of people that I can always rely on no matter what happens. We all have one thing in common that brings us together, and it is genuinely a beautiful thing. 

Favorite Jewish Food?

I love hummus. When I go to Israel, I eat hummus like I’ve never had it before. I feel like it’s also my favorite because I have such positive memories tied to it.


Noah Medwed

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Full Name: Noah Medwed

Hometown: Roswell, GA

Class Year: 2022

Major: Construction Management

Are you named after someone? If so, who? I am named after Chaim and Henoch, who are my grandmothers' fathers.

What are some of your hobbies outside of school?

My favorite thing to do is watch Georgia football. I also enjoy hanging out with my friends as often as I can.

If you could go back and tell yourself one piece of advice before coming into college, what would that be?

I would tell myself to work on time management skills. That is something that is not taught in high school and can be very useful in a college setting.

Can you tell us an interesting fact that people would be surprised to know about you?

I've been to the Masters Golf Tournament twice! 

Where do you spend most of your time on campus?

I spend most of my time on campus either in my dorm room, or eating in the commons. My favorite place on campus is definitely the commons.

You are a brother of AEPi here at KSU, tell us your favorite aspect of being in this fraternity?

My favorite aspect is being in a fraternity where all of the brothers understand and value what it means to be Jewish. If I had joined a different fraternity, they would not understand some of the things I do since Judaism is so different from other religions.

What was your first impression of the Jewish community here at Kennesaw?

I was very impressed with the Jewish community here. I wasn't expecting so many people to be at Shabbat dinner. I also didn't think that I would go to Shabbat as often as I do, but it's such a great time every time I attend so I always go back.

Why would you encourage other Jewish students to get involved with Chabad?

I would encourage other Jewish students to get involved with Chabad first because it’s an amazing place, but also because it’s a way to meet other Jewish students at Kennesaw and make friends that will last forever.

Who is your favorite Jewish person and why?

My favorite Jew is my mom. She is the reason I am Jewish in the first place, so I have to appreciate that I grew up Jewish. I'm happy that she sent me to Epstein, because I'm still very close with the friends that I made there, and I will always have her to thank for that.

What is your favorite Jewish food?

My favorite Jewish food is my grandmother’s chicken soup she makes when my family goes to my grandparents' house for Shabbat. It's what I look forward to every time we go there for dinner, and it brightens my day. 


Emily Pollack


Full Name:  Emily Pollack  

Hometown: Alpharetta

Class Year: Sophomore

Major: Psychology and Dance

Tell us some of your favorite things to do outside of school? I love to hang out with friends, go to the mall, or watch movies.

If you could do it again, would you still come to KSU? I would still go to KSU because the campus is so pretty, and the Commons are awesome!

How would you describe yourself to someone who does not know you? I am a super out-going and motivated person. 

Tell us about your Greek life experience. What made you want to join? Being in Greek Life has been one of the most rewarding parts of college! I love being able to bond with people and boost my leadership skills. 

If you could travel anywhere in the world right now, where would you go and why? I really want to travel to Greece! I have always wanted to go there, because I’d love to try authentic Greek food and explore the culture.

What is one of your favorite Jewish traditions or holidays? I like to celebrate Rosh Hashanah because we get to eat apples and honey. My whole family gets together and has dinner, and it’s nice to see them.

What do you want to do after college? After KSU, I want to get my doctorate in Clinical Psychology.

Why would you encourage Jewish students to get involved with Chabad? I would encourage students to get involved with Chabad because the environment is so welcoming. Whether it is your first event, or you go to everything, you never feel like you don’t belong! Also, Shabbat dinners are an awesome way to meet and connect with other Jewish students!

Favorite Jewish Food? Challah obviously!

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